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Couse Creek Low Eiseman Property

Umatilla County, Milton-Freewater, Oregon

Price  $ $540,000.00

Property Overview:

The Couse Creek Low Eiseman property, consisting of 1,026.41+/- acres is located in Eastern Oregon. The property has been owned and operated for over 80 years by four generations of the March family. The diversified topography includes productive cropland, range pasture, recreational opportunity, with views of the surrounding Walla Walla Valley from different areas of the property. Low elevations are approximately 1,100 feet with the high elevations reaching 3,200 feet. The soils are comprised mainly of productive Waha series soils within the 347.02+/- current tillable acres. Currently there are 338.80+/- acres that are enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). High volume vegetation and natural springs at 2,500+/- elevation make up the remainder of the 679.39+/- range acres. Historically the property has been used for both farming and grazing

Identification of Subject Property:

Umatilla County

4N3600-00-00700 – 38.30 Acres – Low Eiseman 4N3600-00-00500 – 895.60 Acres – Low Eiseman
4N3600-00-00501 – 90.00 Acres – Low Eiseman 4N3600-00-02400 – 2.51 Acres – Low Eiseman


The Couse Creek Low Eiseman Property is located approximately 11+/- miles southeast of Milton-Freewater, Oregon.


The property can be accessed from Highway 11 onto Blue Mountain Station Road and turning onto Basket Mountain road, Basket Mountain Road will take you to the top of the property.

Distances to Other Cities:

Walla Walla, WA – 16± Miles
Pendleton, OR – 35± Miles
Spokane, WA – 189± Miles
Portland, OR – 243± Miles
Seattle, WA – 275± Miles


Total Deeded: 1,026.41+/- Acres
Total FSA Cropland: 347.02+/- Acres
Total CRP: 338.80+/- Acres 
Total Range: 679.39+/- Acres 

Production Acreage:

Currently the property has a total of 347.02+/- crop acres according to the Farm Service Agency 156EZ forms. Of the 347.02+/- crop acres, 338.80 +/- acres are enrolled into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The farm historically was farmed conventionally. Seller indicates that when he farmed the property it had good production. Dry peas, green peas, lentils and garbanzo beans all have been historically used as rotation crops.

Conservation Reserve Program:

Currently 338.80+/- acres are enrolled in the conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for an annual payment of $18,173+/-. The contract has an expiration date that was extended for the 2019 Contract year. The annual rental rate per acre for the contract contracts is $53.64 per acre. CRP contract details are available at the Whitney Land Company office for further information.


Historically the March family would run approximately 120-head of heifers and first calf heifers on the Low Eiseman, from about May 1st through September for about a 5-month grazing period.


Numerous natural springs are located throughout the Low Eiseman parcel at 2,500-feet of elevation. This provides excellent water spots for livestock and wildlife throughout the parcel.


The property’s exterior boundary has some fencing. Buyer to do own due diligence as to the condition of the fencing.

Topography, Elevation, Growing Season and Rainfall:

The property is mainly sloped rolling topography. The elevation of the property is approximately 1,400 feet and gradually rises to 3,200 feet. The growing season or average frost-free period is about 135-170 days annually. The average rainfall is approximately 15”- 26” per annum. Further detailed weather information for Milton-Freewater, Oregon, is available from the National Weather Service website back to 2011.

Recreation and Wildlife:

Located in the Walla Walla Unit, the ranch qualifies for four Landowner Preference (LOP) tags under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines. The property sees elk, deer and upland game birds occasionally utilizing the Low Eiseman for feed and to bed down. Whitetail deer and elk hunting provide opportunities for harvesting big game on this ranch. Elk herds frequently cross through during hunting season. (Additional rules may apply as the property is within a limited LOP hunting unit-see the ODFW Big Game Hunting Regulations book or call the local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Pendleton, Oregon, at 541-276-2344.


The ranch is zoned Exclusive Farm Use (EFU)


The purposes of the EFU, Exclusive Farm Use Zone, are 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; to conserve and protect scenic resources; to maintain and improve the quality of air, water and land resources of the county and to establish criteria and standards for farm uses and related and supportive uses which are deemed appropriate. It is also the purpose of this use zone to provide the automatic farm use valuation for farms, which qualify under the provisions of ORS Chapter 308. The provisions in this use zone are subject to automatic legislative amendments as described in §152.004. (Ord. 2005=02, passed 1-5-2005)

2017 Taxes: 

The Low Eiseman – $537.95

Town of Milton-Freewater:

Milton and Freewater began as two separate cities. The area is rich in history and a short account of the beginning of the two towns and development is described below.
In 1872, W. S. Frazier laid off a town site on part of the Frazier property, gave a man by the name of Woodward 1½ acres on the west side of Main Street as a site for a hotel, and sold John Miller 15 acres and a water right for $125 to build a grist mill. The mill machinery contained three runs of stone burrs. In 1873 M.V. Wormington built the first residence in the platted area. By general community consent, the town name of Milton was selected in an application for a post office. Milton was on its way to a rather enviable reputation of conservative social life, especially regarding spiritual affairs, sobriety and a high standard of education.
Horticulture was one of the profitable enterprises of the first settlers. From the beginning, the product found a ready and profitable market. A long growing season, combined with ample water and fertile soil made a production of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables easy. William S. Frazier planted a large part of his acreage to tree fruits and berries.
By 1882 Milton had a population of 400 and boasted two general stores, two drug stores, one variety store, one millinery store, a hotel, a restaurant, three saloons, three livery and feed stables, one undertaker’s shop, and many more shops. It also had a flour mill, a planer, chop, and shingle mill, a hall, a flume, a railroad station, school house, two churches, post office and express office. In 1886 the town Board of Trustees established a city government and incorporated under the name of Milton City.
The establishment of Freewater is credited to a group of men who in 1889, dissatisfied with the way things were going in Milton--one main reason being the prohibition of sales of alcoholic beverages--decided to start a sister town. The late H. H. Hanson, a Touchet farmer, was one of the “dozen-odd” people who met shortly before the turn of the century to name Freewater. “I went to Milton in 1889”, said Hanson in an interview shortly before his death, “…as the depot agent for the Northern Pacific railroad, and by that time ‘Freewater’ had had its start.” A man named Mahana – “a visionary sort of man who wanted to do big things” – had laid out a town site north of the depot when Hanson arrived.
After operating separate cities for so many years, and growing closer together over the course of those years, servicemen returning from World War II resolved to do something about a possible merger, which had been a topic of conversation for a long time. J.T. Monahan was elected chairman of the newly formed Consolidation Club. Achieving consolidation was no easy matter as feelings still ran high with many persons, and the committee worked very hard to encourage the merger. Under state law, the majority of voters in each of the two communities had to favor consolidation. In November 1950 the election was held and a new city was born. The votes cast were: Freewater - 240 for consolidation, 204 against; Milton - 464 for consolidation, 167 against. The communities became the City of Milton-Freewater, ending a duplication of governmental services in the two adjoining communities extending over a period of 61 years. J.L. Yantis was elected the first Mayor of Milton-Freewater.

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.



 Offered by:
The Whitney Land Company

Jim Whitney, CCIM, Broker

Christopher D. Stuvland, Broker
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Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing.  A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.

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.