Malott sits on the western bank of the Okanogan River and has bridge access to U.S. Route 97. It has a general store, bar and church. The community took its current name from L.C. Malott, who first settled in the area in 1886. The town was established in 1890 and platted in 1909. Originally a stopover point with a hotel, most of the town was destroyed by flooding in 1938 after a dam burst on Loop Loop Creek. Malott was evacuated in July 2014 due to the approaching Carlton Complex wildfires.
The city of Okanogan lies 9 miles (14 km) to the northeast.