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Briggs Canyonville Farm

Douglas County, Oregon

Price  $ 5,500,000.00

Property Overview:

The Briggs Canyonville Farm in Southern Oregon is a diverse mix of irrigated cropland and hillside pasture with tremendous views of the surrounding valleys. The property has been in the same family for 99 years. The farm sits along the north bank of the South Umpqua River, one mile north of Canyonville. The South Umpqua River provides fishing opportunities for trout, smallmouth bass and steelhead. Historically the farm has been operated as a working farm, including irrigated crops, cow/calf pairs and sheep. Excellent soils, improved irrigation and older water rights make this farm unique to Douglas County.


Located near the east end of Gazley Road (County Road 35) north of Canyonville, this farm has year-round paved county road access.


The farm’s 928± acres include rangeland, irrigated land, gravel pit and riverfront homesites potential.


The property has two wells. The domestic well pumps 12.5 gpm, is 50’ deep and 6” cased. The second well for irrigation pumps 30 gpm, is 55’ deep and 6” cased. There is one additional livestock well that is 90’ deep and pumps 12 gpm. There are 4 additional wells for household use. The owner does not know depth or capacity, but all are being used domestically. The bottoms and benches have wheel-lines and the balance in hand-lines. There are springs throughout and Small Creek runs through the property.

Certified Water Rights:

212 acres


The farm has two older stick-built homes.

  • 4 bedroom, 1 bath, rented for $700 per month
  • 3 bedroom, 2 bath

3 bedroom, 2 bath, 28’ x 56’ mobile home
3 mobile home hook-ups with power, septic and wells
Approved building site


  • 48’ x 90’, concrete floor with an 18’ x 60” shed on the north side
  • Hay Storage Building: 40’ x 98’ with a gravel floor
  • Two Feeder Barns: Both 24’ x 48’, one with attached lean-to
  • 60’ x 60’ barn used for shearing, hay storage and feeding
  • Warehouse: 50’ x 40’ with concrete floors and attached 38’ x 40’ shed
  • Grain Bin: Built in 1980, 50’ x 40’, holds 7,800 bu and is currently used
  • State certified 30,000 lb. scale on the property
  • Three historic barns, chicken houses, corrals, covered livestock facility
  • 8’ x 12’ walk-in cold room
  • Sheep Barn: 66’ x 48’ • 24’ x 60’ working shed
  • 24’ x 48’ working shed


The farm is fenced and cross fenced. The fencing consists of a combination of woven and barbed wire.


The majority of the soil on the farm is Greengulch-Cedargrove complex. Other areas include Wolfpeak sandy loam, Sutherlin silt loam, Fordice very cobbly loam, Chapman-Chehalis complex, Newberg fine sandy loam, Pengra silt loam, Beekman-Vermisa complex, Tethrick-Siskiyou complex, Camas-Newberg complex, Evans loam and Riverwash.


The farm is zoned Exclusive Farm Use-EFU. Currently under consideration is a 20 acre minimum lot size for Douglas County in the State of Oregon. A date of final determination by the Department of Land Conservation and Development (LCDC) has not been made. Douglas County is in support of this modified lot size. For further information, contact the Douglas County Planning Department.


The average temperatures range from 42 to 95 degrees in the summer months and 27 to 68 degrees in the winter months.
Elevation ranges from 700’ to 1,300’.
Rainfall average of 30 inches per year.


2016 - $6,050.67

Mineral Rights:

The owner does not warrant that there are any mineral rights available; however, any mineral or geothermal rights owned by the seller are included as part of the property being offered for sale.

Distances to Other Cities:

Canyonville - 2 miles
Roseburg - 26 miles
Bend - 202 miles
Portland - 203 miles
Medford - 70.4 miles
I-5 Freeway - 2 miles
Coos Bay - 96.2 miles
Reedsport - 98.4 miles


With nearly 1.5 miles of river frontage on the South Umpqua River, the recreational opportunities are plentiful with fishing for trout, smallmouth bass and steelhead being the primary target. The South Umpqua River is a tributary of the Umpqua River, approximately 115 miles long, in southwestern Oregon. It drains a portion of the Cascade Range east of Roseburg. One of the main tributaries of the South Umpqua River is Cow Creek, which also flows west from the Cascade Mountains, but South of Canyonville. On its westward journey, the Cow Creek more or less runs parallel to the South Umpqua River, with an East-West mountain ridge separating them.
Under the ODFW game management guidelines, the farm qualifies for 2 LOP tags. The current owners commonly harvest deer and bear. Additionally, the farm has turkey and waterfowl hunting and elk are occasionally seen on the property.
Other area adventures include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, photography, fishing, and sight-seeing opportunities in the spectacular settings of the North Umpqua Trail in the Cascade mountains of the Pacific Northwest. 7 Feathers Resort and Casino is one mile from the property.
The Umpqua River is one of America’s premier fishing rivers. The North Umpqua River originates at Diamond Lake in the Cascade Mountains and the South Umpqua River originates in the Umpqua Divide Wilderness Range. They meet four miles west of Roseburg and flow through the Oregon Coast Range to meet the Pacific Ocean near Reedsport Oregon. The river contains a variety of fish species and supports year-round fishing. Boat ramps are numerous all along the length of the lower river. The upper two forks of the Umpqua River east of Roseburg are also popular for fishing.
Rock Creek Fish Hatchery raises spring Chinook salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout year round. Small fish to adult fish can be viewed at the hatchery, as well as feeding adult rainbow trout in a holding pond.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains a fish counting station at Winchester Dam, located approximately 118 river miles from the Pacific Ocean, near the town of Roseburg on the North Umpqua River.
The Galesville Reservoir is located on the upper portion of Cow Creek, a tributary of the South Umpqua River. It was built in 1986 and is the largest dam in the Umpqua Basin. Fish in the dam include several species of trout, bass and crappie.
It is 8 miles to the Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport which has a 2,600’ x 60’ asphalt runway.
Canyon Creek flows through Canyonville where itjoins the South Umpqua River.


For centuries, the South Umpqua River and Cow Creek were the homelands for the Umpqua Indians; however, gold was discovered on the South Umpqua River in 1848 causing an influx of gold miners and the homesteaders found the rich agricultural land of the area desirable.


The ranch is in the South Umpqua School District. Grades 1-8 are in Canyonville and the High School, with FFA, is 6 miles away. Other schools within a 10 mile radius include a private Christian Academy, and 2 Charter Schools, one which also has FFA. Nearby are nursery and daycare facilities, as well as Phoenix School, a non-profit alternative school for bright under-achievers, grades 7-12. Umpqua Community College is located five miles north of Roseburg on the banks of the North Umpqua River. A two-year public, comprehensive institution, UCC offers educational progress in adult basic instruction, technical, vocational, liberal arts and pre-professional transfer courses. Enrollment is approximately 1,200 full-time and 15,225 part-time students pursuing academic and life enriching classes.

Canyonville History:

Canyonville is 100± miles north of the Oregon/California border and 203 miles south of Portland along Interstate 5.
The first white visitors were by Hudson Bay Company trappers and Alexander Roderick McCloud en route to California in 1828. The second known group of travelers to come this way, headed by Ewing Young, were driving 700 head of cattle from California to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This was during the summer of 1837; and despite the crude trails, Indian attacks and other difficulties, he arrived at his destination with 600 head of the animals.
In 1846, Jesse and Lindsey Applegate and others camped here while seeking a new route to Oregon from the East; hence, the Applegate Trial. The first recorded passage of wagons through the Canyon Mountain Pass were in 1843. This trail was steep, rocky and treacherous for the wagons that were often disassembled and let slowly down the steep inclines at the end of ropes. Quite often the canyon was littered with abandoned equipment due to animals becoming very weak. The passage of the “dread canyon” on the Applegate Trial was a part of the north/south journey to be feared by most.
By 1851 a small log cabin with a dirt floor was located where 5th Street is now which became Canyonville’s first store. The proprietor was Joseph Knott, whose stock consisted of tobacco, overalls and whiskey--mostly whiskey. Joseph Knott and Joel Perkins also operated a ferry across the South Umpqua calling the settlement Kenyonville.
Jesse Roberts purchased the business and property in 1858 and platted the town site and named it Canyonville. He also built a hotel and a grist mill. The first post office was established in 1852. As early as 1853 the first sawmill was in operation, manufacturing flooring for the homes of the new settlers. In 1852 a rush began when gold-bearing quartz was discovered and Congress appropriated $120,000 to build a military road from California to Oregon. The road was not completed until 1858 and built under the supervision of General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Hooker. This became the main road to California until the railroad was built.
During the gold strike Canyonville became an important weigh station and rest stop, supplying miners, fur traders and early immigrants.
Dr. Wm. F. Colvig was Canyonville’s first physician and druggist. He performed his first surgery in early October, 1855 on Wm. “Long Bill” Russell who suffered several bullet wounds from hostile Indians. Canyonville’s first wedding took place in 1858 when Miss Phoebe Thrush became Mrs. Isaac Boyle. Lawrence Boyle, descendant of this family donated the land for Pioneer Park and also for the Pioneer Museum. The first school was established in 1863 with Binger Herman as teacher. Students included such names as Weaver, Fullerton, Gazley, Colvig, Yokum, Willis, Bollenbaugh and others whose descendants still live in the area. The Union Saloon was built in 1866 and in the 1920’s the Beal Brothers built the Gray Stone Hotel. Just past (and possibly part of the same lot) was the location of the famous overland (Canyonville) Hotel where President R.B. Hays had lunch on September 29, 1880.
In 1923, Rev. A. M. Shaffer was traveling through with his family and stopped to work in the fruit harvest. He remained here and built the Canyonville Bible Academy (now known as Canyonville Christian Academy) which is still in operation today under the direction of his grandson, Roger Shaffer. Although it was not dedicated until the summer of 1876, the Canyonville Methodist Church was built sometime in the late 1860’s. It is still being used today and has been placed on the National Historic Register.
Canyonville is the third oldest settlement in Oregon and was incorporated in 1901. The South Umpqua Historical Society has been successful in getting the Pioneer Museum in operation. This museum, located at 421 W.W. 5th Street offers more information about Canyonville's Pioneers of the Past.

Douglas County History:

Douglas County was named for U.S. Senator Steven A. Douglas (1813-1861). Senator Douglas was a Democratic candidate for the Presidency against Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and he was an enthusiastic Oregon supporter in the Congress. When first created on January 24, 1851, the County was part of Umpqua County. On January 7, 1852, the Territorial Legislature created new boundaries and renamed it Douglas County.
The County extends from sea level at the Pacific Ocean to the 9,182-foot Mt. Thielsen in the Cascade Mountains. It has the entire Umpqua River watershed within its boundaries, and it contains nearly 2.8 million acres of commercial forest lands.
Approximately 25% of Douglas County’s labor force is employed in the forest products industry which includes numerous sawmills and veneer plants, as well as one pulp and one particle board plant, and numerous shingle, shake, pole and other wood products plants. Agriculture is an important factor in the economy with field crops, orchards, and livestock as major products. The County Parks Department, the first in Oregon, has over 50 parks in the system. They range from large facilities with overnight camping to small boat launching access points.
Over 50% of the land area of the County is owned by the Federal Government. These lands are managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land management. The 2010 census counted 107,667 people in Douglas County. There are 12 incorporated cities in the County: Canyonville, Drain, Elkton, Glendale, Myrtle Creek, Oakland, Reedsport, Riddle, Roseburg, Sutherlin, Winston, and Yoncalla.



Offered by:
The Whitney Land Company

Jim Whitney, Broker
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All of the information within this sales package has been gathered from State, County and City records and officials as well as others who are deemed reliable; however, the broker and agents can not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information herein contained. It is also subject to change, prior sale or withdrawal.