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Meadow Grass River Ranch
Baker City, Oregon
Meadow Grass River ranch is 425 +/- acres, nestled along the Powder River only 18 miles from Baker City, Oregon. The Powder River flows for 1.4 miles through the pastures, providing water for livestock along with fishing and waterfowl hunting opportunities. A water right for 360 acres includes 195 acres of flood irrigation along the river with the remaining acres irrigated by wheel lines and a new pivot that is pumped from the Powder River. Seller and Water Master have both indicated that water for irrigation is available through the entire irrigation season on normal water years. The ranch currently runs 100 cows, 60 replacements and 10 bulls. A 94-head, out-the-gate BLM allotment in the spring provides a good start to the grazing season. A large shop, six-stall calving barn and various machine and storage sheds are located at the headquarters. Livestock working facilities with semi-truck access add to the operationís convenience. An updated chef-style kitchen and a master suite with a travertine shower and a jetted tub highlight the many home updates along with a new energy-efficient, geo-thermal heating and air conditioning system. This is a must see ranch inside and out!
This property consists of 425 +/- deeded acres in Baker County.
Identification of Subject Property:
T08S R42E Tax lot 4600,4501- 425.36 +/- acres
From Baker City, Take OR-86/Highway 86. Make a slight Left in 7.64 miles to the Keating Cutoff. In 6 miles take a slight right onto Keating Grange Lane, Travel 1.42 miles and turn right onto a private lane. Go .7 miles and arrive at destination.
Distances to Other Cities:
Baker City, OR - 18 miles
This ranch features a 2,372 sq. ft., three-story home overlooking the headquarters and irrigated meadows. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms updated with many custom features. The home was recently remodeled with a premium master suite and bath with a large walk in travertine shower, jetted tub, heated travertine floors, and double sinks in a granite vanity. A chef-style kitchen/baking center has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The home has geothermal energy-efficient central heat and air conditioning system. A covered porch wraps around two sides of the home overlooking the large yard with fields in the background.
The headquarters has multiple facilities for maintaining an operating cattle ranch including a six- stall calving barn with corrals, a large 1,440 sq ft cement floor maintenance shop with a loft for storage complete with heat and electricity, three machine sheds, two small storage buildings, and semi-truck access for loading and unloading of livestock.
The ranch has 360 acres of water rights. There are 195 acres of flood irrigated meadows on both sides of the Powder River as it meanders through the ranch. A covered pumping plant with three-phase power is located along the river. The pump supplies a 105-acre pivot and three wheel lines. The irrigation season can begin in March and typically ends in October. Last year was extremely dry and the Seller maintains the ranch did not run out of flood or sprinkler water.
A domestic well for the home supplies good water flow.
The majority of the ranch is meadow grass. The fields under sprinkler irrigation are an alfalfa grass mixture.
The ranch has been running 120 - 150 head depending upon growing season and hay storage.
The property is perimeter-fenced. Out the gate is a 1,000 acre 94 AUM spring BLM permit for 1 month. This permit allows the meadow grasses on the ranch to mature as the cattle graze the spring rangeland. Livestock are then easily rotated back onto the ranch for the reminder of the season.
For the hunting enthusiast, a built-in duck and goose blind has been constructed righ on the river. LOP tag are available for deer and elk hunting.
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
2016 total taxes and special assessments: $6,191.07
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 complement the growing season.
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.
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.
Keating is a ranch community in Baker County, Oregon. The community has a two room K-5 elementary school. Enrollment in 2016 was 21 students. Baker school district, which Keating is within, has a strong education system. Recently a teacher in the school district was recognized as Oregonís Teacher of the year.
Recreation and Wildlife:
The ranch provides a wonderful backdrop for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, and ATV riding in the nearby mountains. You can directly access hundreds of miles of trails and primitive roads from the ranch. There are a series of county and forest service roads connecting you all the way to the Wilderness Boundary. Huckleberry picking, hunting and fishing are some of the popular opportunities in the area.
Eagle Cap Wilderness:
Lying in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains, the Eagle Cap Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in Oregon. The 360,000 acres contains 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 8000 feet from the top of He Devil Mountain to the river bank. That is over 2000 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 preferable mode of exploring. There are several active backcountry airstrips along the Snake River and in the Hells Canyon uplands available for commercial or public use. Skiing
Anthony Lakeís highway is adjacent to the property and provides quick access to the Wallowa Whitman National Forest and the Anthony Lakes Ski Resort. There is approximately 1100 acres of alpine terrain with 900 feet of vertical elevation with an average of 300 inches of snow. A triple chair lift provides access to the top of the 8000 foot mountain where on certain weekends you can enjoy a burger and a beverage on top of the world. Down at the lodge you will find a complete dining area along with the well-known Starbottle Saloon. The mountain is popular for its powdery dry snow.
Depending on the winter, you can leave directly from the ranch and access a plethora of snowmobiling opportunities. 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 hundreds of miles of groomed trails in Baker County. Trails take you to scenic overlooks or other fun destinations.
Elkhorn Crest Trail:
The Elkhorn Crest National Recreation Trail takes a high ridge along the length of the Elkhorn Range past some of the highest peaks in Oregon's Blue Mountains. The trail itself is a 23-mile, one-way backpack. Mountain goats are often seen in these parts and in summer, there's a wildflower bonanza. The trail can either begin or end at the Anthony Lakes mountain resort where you can enjoy wood fired pizza.
Near The Ranch there are miles of trails open for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. Some of the popular trail heads are West Eagle Meadows, East Eagle, and Boulder Park. Both the Eagle Cap Wilderness and the Elkhorn Mountain Range offer unique recreation opportunities, and the promise of a wonderful adventure.
Fishing and Boating
The river meandering through the ranch has trout and bass fishing opportunities.
Richland Marina/Powder River Arm of Brownlee Reservoir:
Considered a warm water fishery it is home to smallmouth bass, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout, and many other species. Several other dams are in place to provide power. These dams break up the river into two other reservoirs: Oxbow Reservoir, the farthest away, and Hells Canyon Reservoir. Excellent fishing continues into the canyon as the Snake River runs wild and free.
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, Bear, Culver, or Heart lakes.
Balm Creek Reservoir:
This 110 acre reservoir has both trout and warm-water fishing. It is usually stocked with smallmouth bass.
The beautiful lake sits at 7100' in elevation. The lake is stocked several times each summer with catchable Rainbow Trout, beginning in late June. Brook trout are also available. A nicely maintained USFS campground is present at the Lake. There are a series of lakes nearby that also provide good fishing opportunities.
Pilcher Creek Reservoir:
This is a 140-acre reservoir located about 10 miles northwest of North Powder, Oregon. This reservoir has a campground and boat ramp in a wooded area on its southwest shore. Trout fishing is good in spring and summer. This reservoir grows large crappie but angler success varies. Fish species include trout, crappie, and bullhead catfish.
Wolf Creek Reservoir:
This is a 230-acre reservoir located approximately six miles northwest of the city of North Powder, Oregon. This reservoir has a boat ramp, picnic area, and restrooms. Activities here include fishing, water skiing, and jet-skiing. Ski boats pulling tubes are often seen during the warmer summer months. Fish species are rainbow trout and crappie.
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.