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Devil's Chair Ranch
Devil’s Chair Ranch is an outstanding working cattle ranch with tremendous wildlife habitat potential. Located along the borders of Baker and Malheur Counties in Eastern Oregon, the 6,860.43 +/- contiguous acre ranch has a quality source of water with more than 35 springs. The springs are evenly spread across three grazing pastures providing well-rounded distribution of livestock. Elevation ranges from 4,100 ft. to over 6,000 ft. Habitat diversity throughout the ranch begins at the lower elevations with a variety of wheat grasses, blue grasses, spring annuals and shrubs including Wyoming Sagebrush. This combined with a South aspect provides for outstanding early spring/summer feed. As the elevation on the ranch increases, the habitat transitions to multiple plant communities including blue bunch wheatgrass/Idaho Fescue/Mountain Sagebrush and Idaho Fescue/Ponderosa Pine/Douglas Fir providing late summer grazing nutrition for livestock. Aspen stands are scattered throughout the property along with Mountain Mahogany, a critical component for wildlife nutrition. Western Juniper and rock outcroppings dot the landscape providing a mosaic of structure and habitat for both wildlife and livestock.
Historically know by the locals as a productive mule deer property, Devil’s Chair Ranch continues to provide opportunities for quality mule deer, elk and antelope.
The property consists of 6,860.43 acres of deeded property
Identification of subject property:
T14S R38E Tax lot 200, 3179.71 +/- acres
T14S R38E Tax lot 100, 560.72 +/- acres
Distances to Other Cities:
Unity, OR: 16 miles
Improvements & Outbuildings:
Improvements include a recently constructed two story cabin. Livestock working facilities with holding pastures and large semi-truck access from State highway 26.
Currently 350 head graze from May 1 – November 1 (6 months). The ranch is geographically contiguous so there is no hauling of livestock once they arrive. Cattle rotate through the ranch by horse and ATV. The ranch has a natural flow with all pastures being connected. This works well for cow/calf pairs when gathering and moving to the adjacent pastures. In the late fall (approximately Nov.1), with all the gates opened, cattle naturally migrate back down to the corral and holding pasture. Livestock distribution is good due to the large number of springs covering the ranch.
The rangeland is comprised of both introduced and native grasses. The lower elevations of the ranch consist of bluegrasses and annuals. This provides good early spring feed. Increasing in elevation the perennial bunchgrasses such as Bluebunch Wheatgrass and Idaho Fescue increase. These grasses provide excellent nutrition for both livestock and wildlife during the summer growing season. A diverse mixture of forbs and shrubs increase in frequency and abundance as the elevation increases. The upper pasture of the ranch is approximately 6,000 feet at the higher elevations. A mix of pine, fir, western larch, aspen, currants, snowberry and perennial grasses provide a great ecosystem for late summer grazing.
Springs, seeps and ponds decorate the landscape providing adequate water for livestock and wildlife. The Seller has counted more than 35 active springs on the ranch. These springs vary in production from little seeps to vigorously flowing springs. Multiple ponds acting as water storage and a collection of spring water are spread across the landscape. Water is dependent upon snowpack and spring moisture with the primary source of water coming in the form of snow.
Recreation and Wildlife:
Malheur Reservoir: Malheur Reservoir is a well-known, year-round, high desert fishery especially popular with the float tube, fly-angling crowd wishing to catch large rainbow trout. The reservoir sits at an elevation of 3,350 feet surrounded by the brilliant sagebrush hills. When full, it comprises 1,300 acres with an average depth of 40 feet and a maximum depth of 105 feet near the dam. There are 12.5 miles of shoreline, all accessible to the angler by either foot or boat. The public has previously been granted use of the reservoir, which is part of the ranch property.
Unity Dam, located about 40 miles southwest of Baker, Oregon. This dam is part of the Burnt River Project, managed by The Bureau of Reclamation. Unity Reservoir is adjacent to Unity Lake State Recreation Site which has a boat ramp and campground. Unity Lake State Recreation Site is a green oasis in Oregon’s high desert that offers camping, boating, and angling as well as access to several historical sites and wilderness areas. The campground has 35 first-come, first served electrical sites with water and two reservable cabins.
Located in the Sumpter Unit, controlled deer and elk hunts occurring on landowner’s registered property are eligible for the landowner preference program. Currently the hunting rights are leased out on an annual basis. Since the property is over 5,000 acres, the owner is eligible to apply for 5 LOP tags. (Additional rules may apply due to recent changes to mule deer allocations - see ODFW regulations).
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.
The property adjoins Malheur Reservoir Road. From beautiful Baker City, visitors drive Dooley Mountain Highway (OR-245) and through Bridgeport, Oregon. Then continue on Bridgeport Lane, through the community of Eldorado, entering the wildflower covered hills that make up the lower elevations of the ranch.
To Access the ranch from Vale, OR, visitors will travel highway 26 for 47 miles arriving at Ironside, OR. Then continue another 2.5 miles on highway 26 turning onto a 1.5 mile private road leading to the property entrance.
Access from Unity, OR is by traveling 16.2 miles Southeast on Highway (OR-26).
In the Ironside area, the summers are warm and winters are cold. In the winter months, the average temperatures are 17-24 degrees and in the summer months, the average temperatures are 68-72 degrees. The average annual snowfall is 26 inches. The property elevation is approximately 3,200 feet at the base of the ranch and rises to 6,000 feet at the upper elevations.
The Rocky Mountains partly shield Baker County from strong arctic winds, so winters are cold, but generally not severe. In summer, the mountains partly block the winds off the Pacific Ocean.
The days are hot, but the nights are fairly cool. The snow pack at high elevations supply irrigation water for agriculture in parts of the lowlands.
Malheur County is located in beautiful Eastern Oregon and is a place filled with fascinating history, diverse landscape and friendly people. Malheur County is one of Oregon's best-kept secrets!
Located in Oregon's southeast corner, the county is the state's second largest. It is 94 percent rangeland, two-thirds of which is controlled by the Federal Bureau of Land Management. Today, irrigated fields in the county's northeastern corner, known as Western Treasure Valley, are the center of intensive and diversified farming.
One of Malheur County's greatest resources is its people – people that still believe in hard work and traditional values. Malheur County has beautiful, enchanting scenery and a wide variety of excellent recreational opportunities.
The name Malheur is French for "bad hour." Legend has it some French trappers and traders were in the area searching for furs. Their trip was unsuccessful and they were attacked by Indians, a portion of the party was killed and others wounded. Because of the misfortunes of their trip, the French named the river Malheur, or loosely translated, "unhappy river."
The county was created in 1887, and Henry C. Murray was appointed the first sheriff. Vale was granted temporary status as county seat, and battled with Ontario and Jordan Valley for the permanent title.
The law called for a majority vote, and a county-wide election was held in 1888. Vale won the election, with Jordan Valley second and Ontario third, but because Vale did not receive the required majority, a second election between the top two contenders was held, with Vale receiving 459 votes and Jordan Valley 138.
The first courthouse was built in 1887, for $1,400. Rhinehart donated the site for a new courthouse, and a committee raised and donated $10,000 for the two-story stone building completed in 1902.
In addition to Ontario, Jordan Valley, and Vale, there are several other communities of size in Malheur County: Nyssa and Adrian are incorporated cities, while Juntura, Ironside, Jamieson, Westfall, Harper, Arock, Annex and Brogan are unincorporated communities.
Travis Bloomer, Broker
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.