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The 57 Ranch
The 57 Ranch is a beautiful 262 acre working cattle ranch. The Eagle Cap Wilderness Area overlooks the Keating Valley to the north, while the well-known grazing and hunting Lookout Mountain Unit borders the south side of the ranch. Geographically, the property is centrally located for both agriculture and recreational opportunities. Currently, the ranch is self-contained, running a 60 cow/calf pair operation on irrigated pasture and rangeland that includes three BLM permits. An impressive irrigation water right allows for pumping directly from the Powder River. Meadows are being utilized for both hay production and grazing. Approximately 90 acres are currently being irrigated with the potential of 127 acres of water rights available. The 2,720 square foot home overlooks a stocked 2.5 acre pond and the grassy meadows below. The home and the office inside the shop were recently remodeled. The 5,000 square foot shop houses the office as well as a kitchen, bedroom, and a large living area. One of the four bays of the shop is a finished workshop with roll up doors and a heated dog kennel system out back. The property is fenced and cross fenced, all in good repair. A variety of wildlife utilize the property, including deer, game birds, and water fowl. Bass fishing a few steps from the home is an added bonus.
This property consists of 262 deeded acres in Baker County.
Identification of Subject Property:
2015 total taxes and special assessments $3,908.89
Farm Use/EFU: Exclusive Farm Use Zoning is to preserve and maintain agricultural lands for farm use, including range and grazing uses, consistent with existing and future needs for agricultural products, forest, and open spaces. For further information or clarification, contact the Baker County Planning Department.
Location of Subject Property:
Distances to Other Cities:
Baker City, OR 17 miles
This ranch features a 2,720 square foot home overlooking the pond and grassy meadows below. The home was remodeled in 2015 with new finishes and additional square footage. There are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The master bedroom features a large walk-in closet. The master bathroom has a tile shower with dual heads, a clawfoot bathtub, and dual sinks. Next to the master suite is a family room complete with a Lopi wood stove and heated fan for backup heat. The family room opens to a 33x19 wood deck that has a 10 foot covering. The kitchen is open to the dining room area separated by a bar. A sliding door opens from the dining area to a concrete patio that is ideal for outdoor meals. The main living room is separated from the kitchen by a large rock fireplace. Rock from the fireplace was primarily collected from the ranch. A utility room and multiple linen closets provide additional storage. A composite roof and Rheem heating and air conditioning unit were installed in 2015. The home is sided with durable and beautiful Hardie siding. A double car garage is attached to the house. Water is supplied from a well located near the home.
The 5,000 square foot shop has four bays. Bay one is a finished 24x30 workshop with a concrete floor. The other three bays open to a large 30x60 common shop area that is completely enclosed. Connected to the shop is a living area that includes a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. An efficient radiant floor heat system provides opportunity for year-round enjoyment for the entire facility. In addition, there is an indoor/outdoor heated dog kennel system attached to the back of the shop. The inside kennel area is 15x55 while the outdoor portion is 12x60 with a three foot covering, complete with lights and hot water. This area could work well for animal care, veterinary services, or additional living space. In addition, the shop building has an unfinished two-bay garage area and a small tack room.
Livestock Working Facilities
Conveniently located near the shop are livestock working facilities. There is a set of working pens with an alley and a squeeze chute installed on a concrete slab. Power receptacles and water are located at the working facilities.
Currently, the ranch is self-contained, running 60 cow/calf pair. Grass and alfalfa hay is harvested from the fields. After crops are harvested, the grass meadows are grazed. Rangeland fenced in with the meadows augments the forage supply and provides diversity to the livestock diet. Three allotments are associated with the property. The allotments are alternated on an annual basis.
The Powder River flows year-round and runs through the ranch for over a mile. Frequented by livestock and wildlife, this river provides a unique opportunity during all four seasons. A productive irrigation water right allows pumping directly from the Powder River. The sellers indicate that good water sources have been available even during times of drought. Meadows are being utilized for both hay production and grazing. Approximately 90 acres are currently irrigated, with the potential of 127 acres of water rights available.
Domestic water is supplied by a well located between the shop and the home. This well also supplies multiple frost-free hydrants strategically located around the headquarters and working facilities. An additional well is located on the property.
The property is fenced and cross fenced. New fencing has recently been installed in some sections. Currently, the sellers have the property cross fenced into three separate grazing pastures which provides the flexibility to rotate livestock during the growing season.
Recreation and Wildlife:
Located in the Lookout Mountain Unit, the ranch qualifies for two (2) Landowner Preference Tags (LOP) based on minimum acreage requirements. (Additional rules may apply.) A diverse habitat enables a variety of wildlife to utilize the property. Deer graze on the alfalfa while game birds and waterfowl are attracted to the Powder River meandering through the ranch. Additionally, there is a 2.5 acre pond close to the home stocked with bass.
Wildlife viewing opportunities abound, with the Powder River running water year-round, a pond, open meadows, and sagebrush draws blending into the irrigated meadows. Several good bass fishing holes on the Powder River are located on the ranch. The ranch provides a wonderful backdrop for hiking, horseback riding, and ATV riding. A county road system connects this property to large acres of BLM land in the Lookout Mountain Unit. A network of county and forest service roads to the north plug in to the vast Wallowa Whitman National Forest, which includes the Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Eagle Cap Wilderness: Situated in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains, the Eagle Cap Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in Oregon. The 360,000 acres contain scenic wild rivers, like the Minam and Imnaha, 53 high mountain lakes, 540 miles of trails, granite crags, and steep-walled valleys formed by ancient glaciers. The mountain peaks are breathtaking as they seem to go on forever in all directions. Open meadows show off the gorgeous wildflowers. Wildlife is abundant in the wilderness. Visitors can see elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, coyote, black bear, and cougar. Peregrine falcons and bald eagles grace the skies with their presence. Each season comes and goes bringing with it new beauty and new adventures.
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area: Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. It runs along the border of Idaho and Oregon and was cut by the Snake River. The Oregon rim of the canyon is more than a mile above the river and the Idaho rim measures 8,000 feet from the top of He Devil Mountain to the river bank. That is over 2,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon! The Snake River, cutting through the gorge, features world-class whitewater boating. Along with diverse and abundant wildlife, there are artifacts from prehistoric tribes and rustic remains of early miners and settlers. There are many trails to take you into the recreation area if hiking or horseback riding is your preferred mode of exploring. There are several active backcountry airstrips, along the Snake River and in the Hells Canyon uplands, that are available for commercial or public use.
Near The 57 Ranch, there are miles of trails open for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. Both the Eagle Cap Wilderness and the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area offer unique recreation opportunities, and the promise of a wonderful adventure.
In the winter months, average snowfall in the higher elevations is 300 inches. This provides the perfect opportunity for the much loved activity of snowmobiling. There are over 250 miles of groomed trails near Halfway, Oregon. Trails take you to scenic overlooks or other fun destinations. One popular ride is the 60 mile trail from Halfway to Joseph, where travelers can enjoy a hot meal at their final destination.
Fishing and Boating
Snake River: Considered a warm water fishery, this river is home to smallmouth bass, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout, and many other species. Several dams are in place to provide power. These dams break up the river into three reservoirs: starting farthest east, Brownlee Reservoir, Oxbow Reservoir, and Hells Canyon Reservoir. Excellent fishing continues into the canyon as the Snake River runs wild and free.
Balm Creek Reservoir: This 110 acre reservoir has both trout and warm water fishing. It is usually stocked with smallmouth bass.
Eagle Creek: A high mountain stream flowing south out of the Eagle Creek Wilderness gets a good stocking of hatchery rainbow trout near Forest Service campgrounds during the early summer. Above this area, hikers can fish Crater, Looking Glass, Break, Culver, or Heart lakes.
Fish Lake: At an elevation of over 6,000 feet, this lake is stocked in the early summer with rainbow trout. Many brook trout are naturally producing in Fish Lake as well. Boating and camping are available.
Pine Creek, North: This small stream, located northeast of Halfway, is stocked with hatchery rainbow trout in the late spring. Pine Creek is located in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
Keating is an unincorporated community in Baker County, Oregon. The small community consists of mostly farming and ranching families. There is a single-room school that is the pride of the Baker School District. There is an active Grange Hall as well. A commercial greenhouse and winery are also located in the valley.
Baker City, Oregon:
Baker City is the county seat of Baker County. The population is about 10,000. Baker has an abundance of history relating to their mining activity and their presence along the Oregon Trail. Baker has a thriving arts and culture community with many museums, art galleries, and fine restaurants.
With a population of 337 residents, Halfway is home to outdoor enthusiasts and a growing community of art and culture. This town is located halfway between the communities of Pine and Cornucopia. They have several restaurants, gas stations, museums, and gift shops. The town swells during the county fair, where visitors watch the rodeo. Another popular event in Halfway is the Lions Club fundraiser, a crab feed where participants get all the fresh crab they can eat. Halfway has a small high school.
In Baker County, residents enjoy all four seasons. Each season has its beauty and each resident has his or her favorite season. This property ranges in annual precipitation from 9-12 inches. The majority of moisture comes in the winter months in the form of snow. Spring and fall rains also compliment the growing season.
The elevation of the property is 2,600 feet.
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.
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.