Tucannon Guard Station

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

tucannon cabinSpend the day fishing the Tucannon River or hiking one of many trails through the Tucannon Wilderness area, and then come back to the Tucannon Guard Station, a charming saltbox-style 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.

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.

A picnic table beneath the trees near the cabin allows for comfortable outdoor dining in the summertime.

  • 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 it as an information center.
  • Price and Capacity: $100 per night per group, with a maximum of 4 occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the Guard Station.
  • Reservations: Reservations must be made three days in advance. The maximum-length stay is fourteen consecutive nights. Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov


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. 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 or by 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: 6/10/2014 Not available to rent until Sept. 15, 2014.
Operational Hours: Check in is at 1:00pm, and checkout is at 11:00am.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $100.00 per night per group, with a maximum of 4 occupants.
Open Season: 09/15/2012
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Pomeroy, WA
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Passes: Passes are not accepted at this site.
Operated By: Pomeroy Ranger District
Information Center: Pomeroy Ranger District

General Information


From Pomeroy: Take Highway #12 west out of Pomeroy for approximately 4 miles. Turn left on Tatman Mountain Road, continue on paved road for approximately 6.5 miles (sharp right turn at top of hill) where pavement ends. Continue on gravel road (this road has sharp hairpin turns) to stop sign. Turn left onto Tucannon Road and continue for approximately 9-10 miles. The Guard Station is on the right hand side of road

From Dayton: Take Highway #12 east out of Dayton. Go approximately 11.5 miles, turn right on Tucannon Road. Continue approximately 24-25 miles. The Guard Station is on the right hand side of the road. 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.

General Notes:
  • No smoking
  • Pets are welcome, 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