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North Powder Meadows Ranch
North Powder, Oregon
This ranch is a beautiful 559-acre working cattle ranch in Baker Valley. The magnificent Elkhorn Mountain Range to the west is aesthetically unparalleled. These rugged mountains also provide a steady source of irrigation water and limitless recreational opportunities from skiing to back country horseback trails and hunting. Geographically, the property is centrally located for both agriculture and recreational opportunities. The ranch runs 222 cow/calf pairs April through mid-September plus an additional 400 yearlings for 120 days on irrigated pasture. A 2,232-square-foot home is next to the working headquarters, which includes a scale house, large barn and various livestock working pens. The property is fenced and cross fenced.
This property consists of 559 deeded acres in Baker County.
Identification of Subject Property:
T07S R39E Taxlot 3100 - 145.67± acres
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: $4,945.32
Water is applied primarily by sprinkler and flood irrigation. The sprinkler irrigation system is supplied through a gravity pressurized mainline. The ranch utilizes four wheel-lines. The irrigation system typically runs three of the four wheel-lines at a time. Last year the ranch began sprinkler irrigating on April 15th. The Mansfield Ditch conveys the flood irrigation water to the ranch. Water is conveyed through dirt ditches and spread using canvas dams. The irrigation water is allocated to users through a controlled system using a water manager. The water rights vary from 1887 to 1939. According to the Baker County Watermaster’s Office the cutoff date on normal water years by priority dates are as follows.
1887 End of July Cutoff
Two wells are located on the property. A domestic well for the home and a livestock well that supplies frostfree hydrants throughout the ranch headquarters.
The property is fenced and cross fenced. The fence is a combination of wire fence and split rail fencing. Providing flexibility to rotate livestock during the growing season. Currently there are six grazing pastures.
Last year the ranch ran 220 cow/calf pairs from April 1 to Mid-September. An additional 400 head of yearlings grazed the ranch for 120 days.
The majority of the ranch is meadow grass. The fields under sprinkler irrigation are an alfalfa grass mixture.
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 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.
Recreation and Wildlife:
The ranch provides a wonderful backdrop for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing and ATV riding in the nearby mountains.
Skiing: Anthony Lake’s 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 1,100 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 8,000-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 wellknown Starbottle Saloon. The mountain is popular for its powdery dry snow.
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 23mile 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.
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.
Hiking/Backpacking/Horseback Riding: Near the ranch there are miles of trails open for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. Both the Eagle Cap Wilderness and the Elkhorn Mountain Range offer unique recreation opportunities, and the promise of a wonderful adventure.
Snowmobiling: 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.
Fishing and Boating / Additional Angling Opportunities
Anthony Lakes: The beautiful lake sits at 7,100' 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. The Snake River, considered a warm water fishery 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 3 reservoirs: Starting farthest East, Brownlee Reservoir, Oxbow Reservoir, and finally 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.
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: 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. Fish species: rainbow trout and crappie. Ski boats pulling tubes are often seen during the warmer summer months.
North Powder, Oregon
North Powder is a community in Union County, Oregon. The community has a population of 470± people. North Powder has a strong education system for grades K-12. Their athletic programs are very competitive compared to other programs within their division across the state of Oregon.
Haines is a community in Baker County, Oregon. The community has a population of approximately 400 people. Haines has a strong elementary education system K-6. Haines elementary has been previously recognized for Excellence in Education in Oregon. Recently a teacher at Haines elementary was recognized as Oregon’s Teacher of the year. A library, small convenience store and two restaurants provide amenities. The Haines Steakhouse is a well-known restaurant with an Old West menu and atmosphere. Events like the Haines 4th of July Celebration provide great opportunities for community involvement.
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.
Todd Longgood, Broker
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.