Small Towns: Mountain Fire Lookout Tower offers beautiful view of fall

RIVERVIEW, Wis. - In the Town of Riverview, just a couple miles north of Mountain, Wisconsin, you'll find plenty of scenic backdrops to make your way through fall.

But at the end of one road, just off of Old Highway 32, there's a place that's been offering a truly one-of-a-kind view for more than 80 years.

"Well, I'm probably biased, but I think it's probably one of the best views in Northeast Wisconsin," said Tyler Pormann with the U.S. Forest Service. "I don't know of too many other places where you can get up to this height and see out that far."

The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower, built in the 1930s, sits in the middle of over 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin's Northwoods.

"Like it or not, they're becoming less and less common on the landscape," said Pormann. "Many towers were removed in the 70s and many are still being removed today, so they're a lot less common than they used to be."

It takes 132 confident steps to get to the top of the 100 foot steel tower.

"There are a lot of people who won't go to the top of they try and make it only halfway," Pormann added.

By the time you start to get above of this beautiful canopy, you have to dip deep and finish the ride.

"I've been up to the top in most weather conditions, and when it's really windy the tower moves a lot and I definitely hang onto the sides, that's for sure!" Pormann explained.

Some days are better than others, but at best you can see about 15-20 miles in all directions.

"With the cut over that occurred in the early 1900s and the reforestation efforts that the forest did after the fact, I would suspect that the view is significantly better than it was when the tower was built," he said. 

The tower is open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook page here.
 

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