Mountain Fire Lookout Tower

Rainbow Outside Mountain Tower Fire Overlook
Photo by Oconto County Business Development Corporation.

The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower is located about 2.5 miles north of Mountain, WI, off of Forest Road 2106/Old 32 on the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. Visitors can hike to the top of the tower for a breathtaking view of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Oconto County. The tower is open daily, 8 a.m. to sunset, from May 1 to Nov. 1. 

The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was built in 1935 by the Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was once a part of an extensive lookout tower network in the former Nicolet National Forest. It was the first lookout tower in Wisconsin to be placed on the National Historic Lookout Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It was also the 41st lookout tower to be registered in the United States.  

The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was restored in 2015-16 with financial assistance from the Oconto County Economic Development Corporation, numerous local businesses, organizations, communities and residents. Employees from the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District spent more than 500 hours doing the restoration work. 

Today, the 100-foot steel tower with a 7-by-7-foot cab is one of the few remaining lookouts on the east side of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Of the 14 original towers on the forest, the Mountain Fire Lookout Tower is the only one where visitors may climb to the top.

Mountain Fire Tower OverlookView from Mountain Fire Tower Overlook
Photos by Oconto County Business Development Corporation.