Spades Mountain Lookout Site
US 1607, ID 17
Gary Weber photo

Gary Weber photo

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1607, ID 17 (view other lookout sites in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered August 30, 2015
Nominated by Kalon Kirkpatrick
Location Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Kootenai County, Idaho
Coordinates N 47° 47.753' W 116° 34.111' (view using Google Maps)
N 47° 47' 45" W 116° 34' 07"
N 47.795890° W 116.568510°
Elevation 5,038 ft (1,536 m)
Built 1963
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


This lookout began in 1923 as a camp lookout. A 50' pole tower with 7x7' cab was built in 1926, with a log cabin added for living quarters in 1928. In 1941, a 54' steel tower was built, with an L-4 cab added for living quarters in the 1940s. That steel tower was moved to Long Mountain Lookout in 1963, replaced by the present 67' treated timber tower with R-6 flat cab, which has not been staffed since the 1970s.

Spades Mountain was listed as US 908/ID 83 on the National Historic Lookout Register on July 9, 2011. The tower was removed by the U.S. Forest Service in July 2015.


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