Castle Butte Lookout

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed
 

The historic castle Butte Lookout stands high above the ground against a beautiful blue sky.

Originally built in 1916, replaced in 1928 and rebuilt as a lookout in 1950, the Castle Butte Lookout is perched on a rocky point 6659' above sea level in north central Idaho. Thrilling panoramic views of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Seven Devils, the Great Burn Area, and the North Fork of the Clearwater drainage can all be enjoyed while warming yourself inside the lookout and cooking a meal.  The lookout houses up to 4 comfortably, has lights, a heater and a propane stove and is located 2 miles off the scenic Lolo Trail National Historic Landmark Corridor, AKA the Lolo Motorway (requires a high-clearance vehicle). Along the Motorway, hikers and OHV riders alike can retrace the historic paths of the Nez Perce and Lewis & Clark on their journey west and perchance visit one or all of the four high mountain lakes in the area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open seasonally by reservation only. Reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov and typically fill several months in advance.
Reservations: To reserve the lookout, please visit Castle Butte on Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Fees Nightly rates are $45.  See Recreation.gov for details.
Open Season: TBA 2020 - TBA 2020
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions:
  • OHVs are not allowed off roads.
  • The lookout has a 4 person limit and stock is not allowed at site.
  • Garbage services not available. Pack It In, Pack It Out.
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID
Water: Drinking water is not provided.
Restroom: 1 pit toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-926-4274

General Information

Directions:

Courtesy of Recreation.gov:
From Kooskia, ID, take U.S. 12 east for about 65 miles and turn left on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road/Saddle Camp Road. Drive for about 6 miles, then take a slight right on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road. In about 3 miles, turn left toward Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Take the first right onto Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Drive for about 9.5 miles, then Lolo Motorway turns right and becomes Forest Road 561.

From Missoula, MT, take U.S. 12 west for about 75 miles and turn right on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road/Saddle Camp Road. Drive for about 6 miles, then take a slight right on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road. In about 3 miles, turn left toward Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Take the first right onto Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Drive for about 9.5 miles, then Lolo Motorway turns right and becomes Forest Road 561. 


Parking:

Lookout area is approximately 2 acres, and here vehicles may park next to the lookout.


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Activities


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Cabin Rentals

This wonderful lookout houses up to four guests, comes with a propane cookstove, heater and lights.


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Hunting

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.43417

  Longitude : 
-115.21917

  Elevation : 
5100' - 7100'

 



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