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Powder River Keating Ranch
Baker County, Oregon
The Powder River Keating Ranch consists of 1,536.93 +/- deeded acres and is located in the Lower Powder River Valley of Baker County, Oregon. The contiguous tract has been owned, developed and operated by the same family for over the last 40 years. The diversified property includes irrigated acres, a feedlot, rangeland, and a BLM permit to run approximately 300-350 cow/calf pairs annually. The water rights allow for water to be pumped directly from the North Powder River and distributed throughout the irrigated acres to grow a variety of forage crops from year to year. The North Powder River meanders approximately one mile through the property providing water for livestock, along with fishing and waterfowl hunting opportunities. The ranch headquarters include two homes, a bunkhouse, large shop, extensive livestock working facilities with semi truck access, a big barn, silos, and various machine/storage sheds.
This ranch was quoted from the regions water master to have “some of the best water rights in the area”. As an annual working cattle and hay ranch, the current owners incorporate pride of ownership and stewardship throughout their property on this self-sufficient, high-class operation.
The Powder River Keating Ranch consists of 1,536.93 +/- deeded acres and is located near Keating, Oregon. The contiguous tract perimeter is fully fenced with cross fencing breaking the ranch into 16 +/- main pastures. The pastures allow for an ideal holistic grazing rotation for livestock throughout the property. Historically, the seller has managed 1,168.4+/- irrigated acres to grow a variety of forage crops such as triticale, alfalfa, barley, oats and spring wheat on parts of the acreage. The ranch produces approximately 5+/- ton to the acre of alfalfa during the typical growing season. The topography of the farm is mostly flat with some mild slopes. Virtue silt loam, 2 to 12 percent slopes make up the majority of the property. Native vegetation on the remaining range acres is a combination of Bluebunch wheatgrass, Idaho fescue, Sandberg bluegrass, Thurber needlegrass, and Wyoming big sagebrush. The property has a county road running through the middle of the acreage that is well maintained and provides easy access to most of the ranch.
Irrigation/ Water Rights/ Pumps:
The Powder River Keating Ranch was quoted from the regions water master to have “some of the best water rights in the area”. The property has a combination of both primary and supplemental water rights totaling 1,168.4+/- acres. Water is pulled direct from Powder River and backed with supplemental water rights out of Thief Valley Reservoir. Free flow water from Powder River and the districts canal system along with groundwater provides the essential water for the irrigated crops and pastures during the growing season. Water is delivered to the fields through a mainline distribution system with risers throughout the property to one center pivot- (135+/- acres), 32+/- wheel lines, and hand lines throughout. The Seller uses flood irrigation on portions of the property to irrigate as well. Typically the irrigation season runs from about first part of May until September. Copies of water rights information are available at The Whitney Land Company Office or by asking the Listing Broker for further details.
Three lift pumps, two of which are 60hp and one 75hp are located at the Powder River point of diversion. These pumps lift water straight out of Powder River up a 16” pipe and then feed water out through the mainline distribution system. The pumps are located in a covered pump house with three-phase power powering the pumps.
Six additional pressure pumps ranging 40-60hp are throughout the property and help aid in the distribution of water.
Power is provided through Oregon Trail Electric Co-op. Sellers estimate the power bill to be $40,000-$50,000 annually depending on what they are growing and seasonal weather conditions.
Improvements, specifically power and water were consciously developed over the years throughout the property to the watering systems, and facilities throughout the property to help with the rotation of cattle.
Conveniently located approximately 1.5 +/- miles from Hwy 82, the headquarters has a large flat spot for maintaining and operating the cattle ranch. The headquarters includes two homes, a bunkhouse, large shop, extensive livestock working facilities, a feedlot, machinery barn, two grain silos, hay storage, and semi-truck access for loading and unloading of livestock. These areas are all complete with water, electricity, and outdoor lighting.
Livestock Working Facilities:
The Powder River Keating Ranch is known throughout the area as a top producer of cattle. The state-of-the-art working livestock facilities were developed and designed for the most productive and professional manner to last long term through the years of operation. The infrastructure includes working corrals, a feedlot, and cattle handling facilities with quality wooden fences and metal gates. There are fully developed water troughs complete with float valves in place throughout the facility.
The cattle handling operation contains a fenced, larger holding pen that feeds into an alleyway complete with multiple swing gates that feed into four smaller interior pens. The facility then has a cattle sweep tub, cattle loading and unloading semi ramp, squeeze chute on a cement slab, and newer scales that complete the process.
Fencing throughout the property is in new condition and remains one of the top priorities of the ranch. The property’s perimeter is completely fenced with inner portions of the property cross-fenced. Along with the standard barbwire fencing throughout, portions of the property that border the highway, county roads and outbuildings also run a secondary electric fence.
This ranch features two homes.
The main home is an 1,800 +/- sq. ft. remodeled two story homestead located next to the headquarter facilities.
The 2nd home is a 1,436 +/- sq. ft. 3bd, 3bth home built in 1920. This home has had some updates and is currently being remolded. The home is currently occupied by the full-time ranch hand and his family. This home is also located near the headquarter facilities.
The ranch has been running 300-350 head depending upon growing season and hay storage.
Identification of Subject Property:
T08S R42E Tax lot 3200- 1,298.49 +/- Ac
From Baker City, take OR-86/Highway 86. Make a left in 12 +/- miles onto the Banta Road. Continue along Banta Road for 1.5 +/- miles and the Ranch Headquarters will be on the right side of the road.
Distances to Other Cities:
Baker City, OR - 16 +/-miles
Farm use/ EFU: Exclusive Farm Use Zoning is to preserve and maintain agricultural lands for farm use, including range and grazing use, consistent with existing and future needs for agricultural products, forest, and open spaces. For further information or clarification contact the Baker County Planning Department
2018 total taxes and special assessments: $7,158.33
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 Oregon’s 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 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 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.
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.