Tucannon Guard Station

Area Status: Open
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tucannon cabinSpend the day at the charming saltbox-style Tucannon cabin situated on a shady, gently rolling site at the base of a hillside. Pull up a chair on the covered front porch, and enjoy the peace and quiet, while keeping binoculars and a camera handy. A picnic table beneath the trees near the cabin allows for comfortable outdoor dining in the summertime. Other opportunities include fishing at the Tucannon River or hiking one of many trails through the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness

The historic Tucannon Guard Station is a two-story wood frame structure with wood siding and a shake shingle roof. The upstairs is divided into two sleeping areas, one furnished with bunk beds and the other with a double bed. The ground floor has one bedroom (that is used off season as a display room and not furnished as a bedroom), and a living room furnished with a futon that sleeps two, a chair and end tables. The kitchen/dinning area is well equipped with a cook stove and refrigerator, table and chairs. The downstairs bathroom has a flush toilet and hot/cold shower facilities.

The guard station has electricity and propane for heating and cooking. While the cabin has running water all year, it is not potable. Visitors must bring plenty of water for drinking. Most cleaning supplies, dishes, pots/pans, and utensils are provided, although visitors are encouraged to bring their own gear to supplement. Please bring your own bedding/sleeping bags.

  • Do call the Pomeroy Ranger District three business days before your arrival date to receive a combination for cabin access. Our phone number is (509) 843-1891 and we are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Availability: Tucannon Guard Station is available for rent September 15 through June 10 each year. It is closed during the summer months while volunteers man the cagin as an information center.



In the spring of 1908, Deputy Supervisor Frank Marks surveyed the tract for Tucannon Guard Station, and cut and hauled logs to the O. Dell's Mill to cut the lumber for the new house. Harry Johnson built the residence in 1909, and Harry's brother-in-law, William Kendell, was hired on as a guard. That October he passed the Ranger's exam and became the ranger for the Tucannon area. Ranger Marks moved into the Guard Station with his family of seven children the following March. The mail box was located eight miles down the road and at that time, all travel was by horseback and foot.

In 1916, the Tucannon Guard Station became headquarters for the District after new District boundaries were formed. Then in 1918, the headquarters moved to Pomeroy, and Tucannon remained a work center for many years.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Available for rent every year at September 15th until June 10th.
Operational Hours: Check in is at 1:00 PM, and check out is at 11:00 AM.
Reservations: Call 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov. The maximum-length stay is fourteen consecutive nights.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees It is $100 per night per group, with a maximum of 4 occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the Guard Station.
Open Season: 09/15/2014
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Tucannon Guard Station is available for rent September 15 through June 10 each year. It is closed during the summer months while volunteers man the cagin as an information center.
Closest Towns: Pomeroy, Washington
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Passes: Passes are not required at this cabin site. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for access to trailheads and wilderness hiking trails; which are just a few miles to the South of the cabin in the Tucannon Wilderness Area.
Operated By: Pomeroy Ranger District
Information Center: Pomeroy Ranger District

General Information


This route is best for large motor homes and in the winter for those with only 2 wheel drive vehicles. However, it is advisable to contact the Columbia County Highway Department (in Dayton, WA) to obtain a road condition report during the winter months.


From Pomeroy, Washington (approximately 22 miles): Head west on U.S. Highway 12, out of Pomeroy, for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn left on Tatman Mountain Road  for 1.2 miles. Take a right onto Linville Gulch Road and continue for 5.3 miles. Take a right onto Blind Grade Road and continue for 2.3 miles. Turn left onto Tucannon Road and continue for approximately 8-9 miles. Tucannon Guard Station will be on the right.

From Dayton, Washington (approximately 22 miles): Head southeast on South 4th Street then continue onto North Touchet Road for 5 miles. Turn left onto Hatley Gultch Road and continue on that for 4.4 miles. Take a right onto Kendall Skyline Road for 5.9 miles. Kendall Skyline Road will become Forest Service Road 4620 as you enter the Umatilla National Forest and continue for 4 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 47 (Tucannon Road) and continue for 2.8 miles. Tucannon Gaurd Station will be on your left.

General Notes:
  • No smoking.
  • Pets are welcome, but visitors are required to clean up after them.
  • No RVs or tent camping is allowed on this site.
  • This is a pack it in pack it out site, no garbage service.


  • Flush Toilets
  • Bath/Shower
  • Hot and Cold Running Water
  • Electricity
  • Electric Cook Stove
  • Electric Refrigerator
  • Electric Lights
  • Propane Heating


There may be mouse poison, such as Decon, within the Guard Station perimeters. Please keep children and pets away from from poisons.

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Toilets Indoor
Picnic tables 1 Table
Parking For Rental only
Interpretive Site June 10 thru Sept. 15
Drinking water