Every Lookout in Oregon

Courtney Butte

Type: Three-story enclosed cab
Status: Private
Elevation: 4,813′
Visited: September 17, 2022

After visiting the private Tope Creek Lookout the day before, attendees at the FFLA Conference visited another private lookout today, Courtney Butte. This was once an ODF lookout that was then sold. The owners have renovated it and now use it as a guest house for friends and family.

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

The lower level has a kitchen and bathroom:

Courtney Butte Lookout

Second floor:

Courtney Butte Lookout

Third floor:
Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

The firefinder is still here:

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

Nice details on the railings:

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

Most of the views are obscured by trees now:

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

Looking south (Courtney Creek is far below out of sight):

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

The house that the landowners live in:

Courtney Butte Lookout

The old outhouse still stands:

Courtney Butte Lookout

Courtney Butte Lookout

More information
Forest Lookouts
Rex’s Forest Fire Lookout Page
National Historic Lookout Register
Peakbagger

History

Courtney Creek and Courtney Butte were named for three pioneer stockmen: Lins, Alex, and Bent Courtney.

In 1955 a lookout was built on Courtney Butte by the Oregon Department of Forestry. A quarter mile of road was constructed to facilitate access. At some point ODF auctioned off the tower and land to a private buyer.