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Whitney Land Company
101 SE Third
P.O. Box 1614
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Phone: 541-278-4444

Cayuse Property

Pendleton, Oregon

Price  $ 789,000.00


The Cayuse property offers 443.1 acres approximately 15 miles east of Pendleton. The contiguous tract is within the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation. Of the 443.1 acres, 314.37 acres are tillable and have previously been in wheat production with historic PLC yields being 60. The gently rolling landscape is currently in all range grasslands and sustains a stocking rate of approximately 50 cow/calf pairs for five months out of the year. An annual spring water source, high volume vegetation and the short distance to the Umatilla River make excellent recreational opportunities. Currently, there is a well drilled with power supplied to a building site. This property offers the unique opportunity for rural living, an amazing view and abundant wildlife all just a short distance from the city.


The property is accessed from Cayuse Road to Jackson Road, approximately 15 miles east of Pendleton. Jackson Road provides an easement to the subject property granted from the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs; Buyers to confirm legal access) This easement was established in 2008.

Distances to Other Cities:

 Mission, OR-10± Miles
Athena, OR- 14± Miles
Pendleton, OR- 15±
Miles Walla Walla, WA- 36± Miles
Spokane, WA- 189± Miles

Identification of Subject Property:

T2N R34 TL 300- 283.18 Acres
TL 500- 80.00 Acres
TL 4700- 80.00 Acres

2017 Real Property Taxes:

T2N R34 TL 300- $424.02
TL 500- $276.94
TL 4700- $387.98
Total: $1,088.94

United States Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency:

Farm – 6746
Tract – 11980
Tract – 1542
Tract – 1541

Production Acres:

 According to the United States Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency, form 156EZ indicates that the property has 314.37 tillable acres. Historically, the property is being used for range and has been planted to grass. The Natural Resources Conservation Service estimates the tillable acres produce approximately 35-55 bushels of wheat per acre, approximately 1.5 tons of barley per acre, and an approximate 1,700 pounds of vegetation per acre depending on the farming practices, rainfall, and soil profile location across the property.
Currently, the whole 443.1 acres consists of mostly productive rangeland with brush and treed draws.


The owners have leased the rangeland and the tenant ran approximately 50 cow/calf pairs for a five-month grazing period during the spring and summer months. Based on information provided from the Natural Resources Conservation Services and the web soil survey, 443± acres of range ground will provide the ranch with a stocking rate of .54 AUMs/acre.


The Property has a state permitted domestic well and pump house that was drilled in 2008. According to the well log, the depth of the well is 307 feet and produces 30 GPM. Please refer to the well log located in the back of the brochure for further details pertaining to the well. The property has an annual spring on the upper portion that is producing sufficient water to help aid in wildlife riparian habitat and clean water for livestock in the summer months.

Water Potential:

The Seller has received a permit in the past from the CTUIR and the State allowing a 400GPM well to be drilled for irrigation purposes on the subject property. The permit has expired but the Seller is in the process of renewing it.


The property is within the boundaries of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and thus falls under the jurisdiction of the CTUIR Land Development Code which was last adopted and amended through Resolution No. 17-054 (July 24, 2017) The subject is zoned AG-2 which is described in the Land Development Code as Farm Pasture Zone:
Description and Purpose: The Ag-2, Farm Pasture Zone is designed to maintain the agricultural land base taking into consideration special management practices due to steeper sloped, shallower soils and special wildlife and fish habitats. It is also designed to afford better control over lands where farm and rangelands are interspersed. Foods, herbs and medicines traditional to the Confederated Tribes are also found in this region making it necessary for the Land Protection Planning Commission or the Board of Trustees to place further restrictions from time to time.
Dimensional Standards: 1. There shall be a 79-acre minimum lot size. 2. Land partitions for non-Farm residential uses may be established on generally non-productive agricultural lands upon a finding by the Land Protection Planning Commission that each such use: a) Is compatible with farm uses and is consistent with intent and purposes set forth in the Comprehensive Plan and this Code.


The perimeter of the property is fenced and is in good condition.

Recreation and Wildlife:

Fishing: The property overlooks a stretch of the Umatilla River, which is only a short distance from the property. During the year the Umatilla River supports populations of spring Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, bull trout, as well as other species. Fall steelhead fishing begins September 1st and runs through early spring ending April 15th. During the early season, dry fly fishing is the preferred technique for obtaining the large catches. In late spring starting May 22 fishing is available for trout and bass until October 31. The Umatilla River falls within the Columbia River Basin. (Additional rules or exceptions may apply, fishing the Umatilla River within the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation will require a tribal angling permit. Please refer to the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations book for more information or call the local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Pendleton Oregon at 541-276-2344.)
Hunting: In the West Mount Emily Unit, controlled deer hunts occurring on landowner’s registered property are eligible for the landowner preference program. Since the property is 443.1± deeded acres, the owner is eligible to apply for 2 LOP tags. (Additional rules may apply, as the property is within Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation-see the ODFW Big Game Hunting Regulations book or call the local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Pendleton, Oregon, at 541-276-2344.)
Upland game birds including pheasants, turkeys, doves and Hungarian partridge frequent the property. According to the owner there are healthy populations of these birds and hunting has been very successful in the past. (Additional rules may apply, as the property is within Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation-see the ODFW Game Bird Regulations book or call the local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Pendleton, Oregon, at 541-276-2344.)

Soils, Topography, Rainfall:

Based on the Soil Conservation Service’s Soil Survey of Umatilla County, the soils are predominantly Gurdane silty clay zero to seven percent Slopes. Gurdane silty clay loam 25 to 45 percent slopes are also present within the cropland. Some Gwinly very cobbly silt loam seven to 40 percent slopes is present as well. The property is mostly rolling topography with some level ground, with elevation varying from 1,700 feet to 2,100 feet. According to the National Weather Service in Pendleton the average rainfall for the subject area is approximately 16.5” to 22.78” per annum.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation:

The Umatilla Reservation, Nicht-Yow-Way Country, is the home of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Bands of Native American Indians. When the leaders of the three tribes signed a treaty with the United States in 1855, they ceded 6.4 million acres of homeland in what is now northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. The 172,000-acre Umatilla Indian Reservation, almost half of which is owned by non-Indians, includes significant portions of the Umatilla River watershed.
Today the confederation, united under a single tribal government adopted in 1949, numbers over 2,800 members (2011). The Umatilla are governed by a Board of Trustees composed of nine members elected by the General Council. Tribal headquarters are located in Mission, just outside Pendleton, Oregon. The Umatilla River and Grande Ronde rivers have been the focus of the tribe’s fish restoration activities for more than a decade. Under the tribe’s leadership, salmon were reintroduced in the Umatilla River in the early 1980s. The tribe, along with the State of Oregon, operates egg-taking, spawning, and other propagation facilities that are helping restore salmon runs. The tribe successfully reintroduced Chinook salmon to the Umatilla River after 70 years of extinction.
Other river basins in which the tribe has co-management responsibilities are the Columbia, Snake, Walla Walla, Tucannon, Grande Ronde, John Day, and Imnaha. In recent times, tribal fisheries have occurred only on the Umatilla and Columbia rivers.

Umatilla County:

Umatilla County was created on September 27, 1862, out of a portion of Wasco County. Umatilla is an Indian term meaning “rippling water” or “water rippling over sand” and has provided the name both for the county and its major river. Lewis and Clark and pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail passed through the area. The gold rush of 1862 brought miners and stock raisers to the mountains and grasslands of Umatilla County. The county expanded after the coming of the railroad in 1881 and the area was open to the development of dry land wheat farming. The fertile land of Umatilla County gives a strongly agricultural base to the county’s economy. Fruit, grain, timber, cattle, and sheep are important agricultural products. Recreation, primarily in the Blue Mountains, and tourism, most notably for the annual Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, are also important to the local economy.


http://www.critfc.org/member_tribes_overview/the-confederated-tribes-of-the-umatilla-indian-reservation  https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/soils/survey 

Offered by:
The Whitney Land Company

Christopher D. Stuvland, 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.