Tucannon Guard Station

Umatilla National Forest

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Overview

The historic Tucannon Guard Station is a charming saltbox-style cabin constructed in 1909. It was inhabited by the first ranger in the Tucannon area, William Kendell, and his family. By 1916, the guard house became headquarters for the district for two years, and then continued on as a standard guard station.

Staying here is like stepping back in time. The rooms inside are nicely decorated and cozy. Touches like curtains on the windows and modern furniture add to the destination experience. Beyond the cabin is plenty of photogenic scenery, plus options for prime fishing and hiking.

Recreation

Just a few miles south are trailheads to wilderness hiking trails. Plus the road along the Tucannon River is a notable scenic drive, ideal for viewing flora and fauna.

Facilities

Tucannon is a two-story wood frame structure with wood siding and a shake shingle roof. The upstairs is divided into two sleeping areas, one furnished with a bunkbed and a single bed and the other with a double bed. The ground floor has a spare ‘museum’ room with historic pictures and a living room furnished with a futon that sleeps two. The downstairs bathroom is equipped with a flush toilet and shower/tub with hot water.

Electricity and propane are included for heating and cooking. The kitchen and dining area boast a cook stove and refrigerator, plus a table and chairs. The cabin has potable running water year round. A picnic table beneath the trees & firepit sit outside.
Most cleaning supplies, dishes, pots, pans and utensils are provided, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own. Guests should also bring bedding or sleeping bags, and basic camping gear like flashlights, dish soap and matches.  Cabin should be cleaned before departure. Mop, bucket, broom and cleaning supplies provided.

Natural Features

The cabin is at 2600 ft elevation on a shady, gently rolling site at the base of a hillside in Tucannon Valley. The rugged landscape stretches across the northern Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon.



Visitors may spot local inhabitants like wild turkey, pheasant, deer, elk and even an occasional moose in the area.

Nearby Attractions

A convenience store, gas station and RV park is located about 9 miles, or 15 minutes, north of the cabin. River access and opportunities for hunting and mushroom picking are also within 10 miles of the cabin.

Charges & Cancellations

For Changes & Cancellation Fees, please see Rules & Reservation Policies.

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