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QUAIL PRAIRIE LOOKOUT, OR

Photo: QUAIL PRAIRIE LOOKOUT
Status: Closed through Sat Jun 07 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

THIS FACILITY IS CLOSED TO RESERVATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Quail Prairie Lookout offers guests a unique lodging experience in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest in western Oregon. On a clear day, visitors are treated to spectacular views of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness from the top of the 41-foot tower.

The tower was completed in 1963 and served as one of the last lookouts built by the southwestern Oregon Forest Service until the mid 1990's, when it was converted for recreational purposes.

Today campers can enjoy a unique lodging experience in the historic structure, which offers basic amenities and spectacular views of the surrounding area. Although the facility provides basic amenities, guests must bring a few of their own supplies to ensure a safe and comfortable stay.

Natural Features:

The lookout affords panoramic views of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and the Chetco River drainage. The Kalmiopsis Wilderness is an area of great geological and botanical interest. Many of the rocks were formerly parts of the oceanic crust, while diverse plant life provides evidence of adaptation to the area's harsh soils.

The Kalmiopsis leachian, a shrub discovered in the Gold Basin area in 1930, is a relic of the pre-ice age. The Kalmiopsis Wilderness is named after this unique endemic plant.

Diverse landscapes provide habitat for a wide-range of wildlife, from spotted owls and black-tail deer to salamanders and salmon. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, undisturbed wetlands, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.

Recreation:

The nearby Upper Chetco Trail is the main east/west route through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. It offers access to the Chetco River and two main tributaries. Heavy vegetation provides shade but eliminates most views, and at least three significant long and steep sections provide a challenging backpacking experience.

Anglers will enjoy the remote location and scenic backdrop of the nearby Chetco River, providing angling opportunities for trout, steelhead, and salmon in season. The Chetco starts in steep, deeply dissected, sparsely vegetated, mountainous terrain within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

At night the lookout is an ideal setting for stargazing, as constellations and planets put on a dazzling display.

Facilities:

The one-room lookout rests on the top of a 41-foot timber tower, surrounded by a catwalk. It is furnished with a single bed, a table and two chairs, a stool, broom and fire extinguisher. It also features a wood stove, a propane stove for cooking and a propane refrigerator. A vault toilet is located near the tower.

There is no water or electricity available at the site. Guests must bring water for drinking, cooking and washing. In addition, visitors will need to supply a light source, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking gear, towels, dish soap, matches, a first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. Firewood is provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Propane Stove
  • Restroom
  • Stargazing
  • Table and Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Hiking Trails
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Fishing
Know Before You Go
  • Water is not available at this site
  • Due to safety concerns and the height of the tower, children under the age of 12 years are not recommended to stay here
  • Entry to the cabin is by combination lock. The combination will be included in your confirmation letter. Please call the Gold Beach Ranger District office at (541) 865-2700, four days prior to your arrival to confirm your combination. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed on weekends and holidays.
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit.
  • Pets are welcome at this facility
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • The cabin is a no-smoking facility
  • Learn more about Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.23667, -124.045
42°14'12"N, 124°2'42"W

From Brookings and U.S. Highway 101, drive east on North Bank Chetco River Road (County Road 784). This becomes Forest Service Road 1376 in approximately 8 miles. Turn left after crossing the South Fork Bridge (16 miles from Brookings). Turn right on Forest Service Road 1917, approximately 1 mile after the bridge. Follow Quail Prairie signs staying on Forest Service Road 1917. The lookout is 3 miles beyond Packer's Cabin. The total distance is 26 miles.

The roads are generally one-lane and gravel, with pullouts. Many people use these roads, including logging trucks, forestry workers, and recreational vehicles. Drive slowly, stay to the right side of the road at all times, and use pullouts.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

QUAIL PRAIRIE LOOKOUT
14433 Hwy. 101 S
BROOKINGS OR 97415

Phone Number:

Information: (541)412-6000