This lookout is perched atop Fairview Peak at an elevation of 5,933 feet, offering visitors a unique lodging experience in Umpqua National Forest in southwest Oregon. The Fairview Peak site was historically occupied as a fire lookout since the 1920s. During the late 50s and early 60s the tower was used as an Air Force "gap filler" radar station. Having a range of around 65 miles, these radars were placed in areas where it was thought enemy aircraft could fly low to avoid detection by the lower-range radars of the permanent and mobile radar networks. The lookout tower is available for reservations from mid-June or early July through mid-October, and typically unavailable during peak fire season, usually the months of August and September, when it is in use for fire administration. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for travel to this site, and guests must bring several of their own amenities. This site is located in National Forest System lands. While an effort is made to make your stay enjoyable, these sites are popular to the recreating public so you may find visitors interested in the area and the facilities. While you do not have to let them inside the facility they are allowed to be in the area. Cell phone service is minimal from the tower Maximum capacity of the tower is four people at any one time This site is not recommended for families with small children; the high tower stairway, catwalk access, and potential for inclement weather pose significant risks Since many of the mines are private property and there are inherent dangers associated with mining sites, it is important not to trespass on, vandalize or enter any tunnels or shafts It is not safe to enter or explore any mining shaft or tunnel Pets are not allowed The tower is secured with an overhead hatch grate which may be difficult to open All garbage and food must be packed out Doors and windows should be locked and all personal items removed upon departure The lookout tower is a no-smoking facility During the late fall season, inclement weather conditions at Fairview Peak may warrant early closure; you will be notified and your reservation will be rescheduled or refunded if this should occur Learn more about Umpqua National Forest. Don’t Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.
- Fire Pit
- Picnic Table