1934: A 20-foot native timber tower with a L-4 cab constructed.
September 18, 1935: Panorama photos taken by Osborne.
1938: A 33-foot round timber tower with an L-4 lookout cab was constructed.
July 13, 1961: At 1320 hours the Grub Creek fire was reported from this station.
1962: "Lake Butte Lookout completed late in 1962." (1962 Annual Report)
1962: The final costs of the construction of the new tower were $6,688.90. (Historical Record for Buildings)
October 29, 1964: "George Bice, fire control assistant on the Long Creek ranger district of the Malheur national forest, reports that some flagrant vandalism occurred on the district over the weekend. While the lookout at Lake Butte was temporarily absent from the lookout tower Saturday morning, several shots were fired through the lookout post. There is considered no chance that the shots were accidental, because at least three bullets were fired directly upward through the floor and others were put through window casings. Repairs of the damage will be expensive because it will be necessary not only to patch the holes but to re-lay the tile flooring. State police are investigating and have in their possession both bullets and empty cartridge cases. Bice points out that the culprits, if apprehended, can be tried in either state or federal court, since vandalism is a state offense and damaging government property is a federal offense." (Blue Mountain Eagle)
1974: Moved to Antelope Mountain.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - LAKE BUTTE LOOKOUT TOWER PID - QC0932 STATE/COUNTY- OR/GRANT COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - MAGONE LAKE (1990)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1946 (DHK) STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE STANDARD WOOD FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT TOWER LOCATED ON LAKE BUTTE, A HIGH TIMBERED PEAK LYING ABOUT 11 MILES NORTH OF JOHN DAY AND ABOUT 13 MILES NORTH OF PRAIRIE CITY. THE TOWER IS ABOUT 40 FEET HIGH. IT WAS CONNECTED BY TRAVERSE FROM TRIANGULATION STATION LAKE BUTTE 1946, WHICH IS 5 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE SOUTHWEST LEG OF THE TOWER.