Historic Elk Lake Guard Station lies along the beautiful and popular Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway. It was originally built in 1929, and was afterward in regular use for almost seven decades. In the late 1990s, after the log cabin was "de-commissioned" as a full-time Forest Service guard station, it was in dire need of maintenance and repair. From 1998-2001, the Forest Service and Passport in Time volunteers worked to restore the landmark. In 2001, the guard station, eventually listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), re-opened its doors as a Forest Service visitor's center and interpretive historic site. Since that time, PIT volunteers have been recruited and trained to staff Elk Lake Guard Station, and serve as professional-caliber information/interpretation specialists for the site's thousands of annual visitors.
Continuing that tradition, we need your help as uniformed Forest Service representatives again this year! After an initial orientation, volunteers will kepp the station clean and tidy, provide a full range of information and interpretive services to visitors, respond to inquiries related to Deschutes NF and Central Oregon recreation and travel facilities and opportunities, and so on. If you like working with the public, and you have a positive attitude and want to work in a beautiful and fun environment, this project is for you - see you this summer!