Mccarthy Point Lookout

Mccarthy Point Lookout

The Mccarthy Point Lookout location is in , California
. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Mccarthy Point Lookout facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

T27N R3E Sec 18/19


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McCarthy Point Lookout was constructed in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for use in spotting wildfires. During World War II, the lookout served as part of an aircraft defense monitoring system that extended throughout California.

The lookout is accessible by vehicle, but a high-clearance vehicle is recommended. Guests must walk approximately 1,000 feet along a paved trail to reach the lookout from the parking area. This is a high cliff area, so caution is advised.

The cabin offers several creature comforts, but guests may need to bring some supplies and gear for their stay. The scenic views and remote location make McCarthy Point Lookout an ideal retreat.


The lookout is an excellent base for exploring the recreational opportunities of the Ishi Wilderness. Many hiking and equestrian trails crisscross the Wilderness.

Special fishing regulations are in effect for Mill and Deer Creeks within the Wilderness. Please check the State of California’s Fishing Regulations before fishing. A valid California fishing license is required.


McCarthy Point Lookout is a two-room cabin with a kitchen and a bedroom. The bedroom is surrounded on three sides by windows and has overhead propane lights, two single-sized sleeping platforms and six aluminum cots.

The kitchen has overhead propane lights, a propane cook stove, wood stove, double sinks with running non-potable water (hot water is not available), a large picnic-style table with benches and a portable gas barbecue. Propane is provided. There is a broom and dust pan for tidying up the cabin.
Wheeled carts are provided to transport gear to the lookout. An outhouse with a pit toilet is located at the parking area.
The cabin does not have potable water or electricity. Guests need to provide their own drinking water. Garbage bags are needed to pack out trash. Items such as bedding, sleeping pads, cooking pots, utensils, dishes, dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, matches and flashlights are not provided.

Natural Features

The lookout is perched at an elevation of 3,600 feet on the southern end of Mill Creek rim overlooking scenic Mill Creek Canyon and the Ishi Wilderness. The cabin is tucked into a stand of mixed evergreens.

McCarthy Point is located within a state game refuge that protects species like wild hog, mountain lion, black bear, coyote, bobcat, Tehama deer and rabbit. A variety of raptors nest on rock cliffs in the nearby Ishi Wilderness, including hawks, eagles, falcons and owls. Other common bird sightings include wild turkey, quail, canyon wrens, band-tailed pigeons and myriad songbirds.

Nearby Attractions

Ishi Wilderness

Frequently Asked Questions About T27N R3E Sec 18/19 , CA

How do I make a reservation with Mccarthy Point Lookout?

To make reservations at Mccarthy Point Lookout, you can call the office at 530-258-2141.

Where is Mccarthy Point Lookout located?

The Mccarthy Point Lookout is located at T27N R3E Sec 18/19 in ,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Mccarthy Point Lookout have tent or RV camping?

Mccarthy Point Lookout offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 530-258-2141 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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