Butler Butte Cabin


Area Status: Closed

Interagency Annual Pass HangtagStep into the Butler Butte Cabin and step back in time to the days of WWII, when the threat of forest fires wasn’t just from lightning strikes.

The one room cabin is furnished with a double bed and two single beds, as well as a table and chairs. It is equipped with a propane heater, cook stove and oven, refrigerator and lights. There is no water on site; visitors must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing. Potable water is available at a spigot in front of the Tiller Ranger Station office.

There is a metal outdoor fire pit with a metal barbeque grill for cooking and a campfire ring, as well as a picnic table. A vault toilet is located near by.

  • Availability: Butler Butte Cabin will be closed due to maintenance until further notice.
  • Price & Capacity: $40 per night per group, with a maximum of eight occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the cabin.
  • Reservations: Reservations must be made at least two days in advance. The maximum-length stay is seven consecutive nights. Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov.

History

The Butler Butte cabin was built in 1942 as an Aircraft Warning System (AWS) Station. The site was chosen as a strategic location to watch for Japanese planes and balloons loaded with incendiary devices meant to set American west coast forests on fire. Observers staffed the stations on the mountain tops and watched for any signs of an invasion or fire. A 20-foot lookout tower, built in 1932 for fire lookout purposes, was also used by AWS from early 1942 to October 16, 1943. After the threat of invasion subsided the lookout and cabin were used for fire observation purposes. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/01/2022: This site is closed due to structural issues. Repairs are needed before it can reopen

General Information

General Notes:
  • A 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is recommended. The roads are not plowed in the winter. During an average winter, generally up to a five-mile snowmobile, cross country ski, or snowshoe excursion is required to reach the cabin.
  • Pets are welcome.  Please do not let pets roam freely, as they may endanger wildlife and plants.
  • No smoking

Amenities

  • Vault toilet
  • Propane heater
  • Cook stove
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Lights
  • Barbeque
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic table
  • There is an additional area for tent camping

Directions:

 

 From Canyonville, OR take West 1st Street and turn onto SE 3rd St/OR-227. Continue to follow OR-227 approximately 23 miles until you reach Tiller.

From Tiller, take Douglas County Road #46, which becomes South Umpqua Road , Forest Service Road #28, 5 miles to Jackson Creek Road Forest Service Road #29. Follow Forest Service Road #29 for 9.7 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road #2925. (On the right) Follow Forest Service Road #2925 for 6.5 miles to the five-way junction of Forest Service Roads #2925, #600, #700, and #800. From here there is a choice of two routes.

For the first route, follow Forest Service Road #800 for 2.5 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road #810 and then follow the road to the cabin. This is the shortest and most direct route; however, be aware that the Forest Service Road #800 is an old logging road with water bars cut into it and may not be the best choice for passenger cars.

For the second route, follow the Forest Service Road #700 approximately six miles to the junction with the Forest Service Road #800 at Tucker Gap. The Forest Service Road # 700 and Forest Service Road        # 800 form a big loop and this is where they rejoin. At this point make a sharp switchback turn to the right, onto the Forest Service Road  #800. Follow the Forest Service Road #800 for two miles to the junction with the Forest Service Road # 810 and then follow the Forest Service Road # 810 to the cabin.


General Notes:
  • A 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is recommended. The roads are not plowed in the winter. During an average winter, generally up to a five-mile snowmobile, cross country ski, or snowshoe excursion is required to reach the cabin.
  • Pets are welcome.  Please do not let pets roam freely, as they may endanger wildlife and plants.
  • No smoking

Amenities

  • Vault toilet
  • Propane heater
  • Cook stove
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Lights
  • Barbeque
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic table
  • There is an additional area for tent camping

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Cabin Rentals

Enjoy hiking and horseback riding in the summer months, as well as picking huckleberries and watching many varieties of birds fly in for a meal. During the winter, go snowmobiling, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing or build a snow fort. The cabin is also within a short driving distance of the scenic road along the Rogue-Umpqua Divide. Be sure to bring a camera and binoculars.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
42.888248

  Longitude : 
-122.6786

  Elevation : 
5,500 feet