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Rock Creek Butte Ranch
Price $ 934,440.00
The Rock Creek Butte Ranch, with beautiful views of the Burnt River Valley, is located south of Hereford, Oregon. It is being offered for the first time outside the family since the late 1800s. Containing 1,560 acres located in both Baker and Malheur counties, this property has been managed as a successful livestock operation and favorite hunting site for elk and deer. The property has a variety of habitats ranging from high elevation sagebrush to timber and riparian areas. Two streams run water year-round and several springs have been developed providing access to clean water for livestock and wildlife. Several locations exist for the ideal cabin site. If you are looking for a recreational property combining good summer grazing with a consistent track record of hunting success, this property is a must-see.
The property consists of 1,560 deeded acres, with 1,000 acres being in Baker County and 560 acres being in Malheur County. The ranch is well-balanced with timber, open meadows, and range.
Identification of Subject Property:
Baker County -
13S 38E TL 1600 – 1,000 acres
Malheur County -
13S 38E TL 100 – 320 acres
550 Farm Use/ EFU
Baker County (including state fire patrol): $650.11
Location of Subject Property:
Distances to Other Cities:
Bridgeport, OR – 16 miles
This property is located seven miles south of Hereford Loop Road, near the town of Hereford, Oregon. The town of Hereford is on highway 245.
Hereford is an unincorporated community in Baker County, Oregon. It has a post office with a zip code of 97837.
As a member of the Ironside Fire Protection District, you pay $50.00 for an annual membership. The district then will help fight fires if one should occur inside their district.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP):
CREP is a federal project that pays landowners to restore riparian areas and enhance their property. The projects on this property include riparian area fencing, juniper thinning, spring development, native seeding, and weed control. This further enhances the wildlife habitat. Landowners are responsible for weed control and fence maintenance as outlined in the CREP agreement. Annual payment to the owner of $8,547 is expected through 2022.
This property contains a set of corrals and a loading chute that can be accessed with a truck and horse trailer.
The perimeter of the property is fenced. The ranch is also cross-fenced into two pastures. Each pasture has a stream through it which runs water year-round. Both pastures have patches of timber. Additionally, the riparian area fencing as set forth in the CREP agreement is in place.
Garner Creek and Rock Creek both run water year-round. Garner Creek runs through the pasture on the east and Rock Creek goes through the pasture on the west. Both creeks have perennial water sources. Multiple springs bubble up on the property providing excellent clean water for livestock and wildlife.
Recreation and Wildlife:
Located in the Sumpter Unit, the ranch qualifies for three (3) Landowner Preference Tags (LOP). Outdoorsmen will appreciate the wide variety of game found on this ranch. Species include Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, bear, grouse, turkey, and cougar. The owners of this ranch have harvested trophy deer for many years.
This beautiful property, with its year-round streams, gorgeous timber, and open meadows provides the perfect backdrop for hiking, horseback riding, and ATV riding. For the fisherman, popular nearby fishing opportunities within the region include:
Higgins Reservoir is a popular trout fishing destination. Many large trout over 18 inches are annually caught. It is located in the sagebrush steppe habitat and a short drive from the town of Unity.
Malheur Reservoir was a well-known, year-round high-desert fishery especially popular with the float tube, fly-angling crowd wishing to catch large rainbow trout. It sits at an elevation of 3,350 feet, surrounded by sagebrush, hills, and very little shade. 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 either by foot or boat. The reservoir is privately owned but sits on public lands and access has graciously been granted for public use.
The high-desert surroundings of this park offer a unique experience to its guests. The Burnt River comes to rest behind the Unity Dam before continuing its path down the valley. There is a boat ramp to accommodate the water skier as well as the angler. A variety of fish can be caught in this reservoir including crappie, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass. Whether you’re baitcasting, spinning, or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good!
Anthony Lakes is high in the Elkhorn Mountain range. This popular lake offers a boat ramp and calm, peaceful waters for fishermen. It is also the gateway to many other high mountain lakes that hikers will love. For the true adventurer, trek the entire 26 miles of the Elkhorn Crest Trail to see brilliant views, beautiful high mountain lakes, and abundant wildlife, including the newest thriving resident: the mountain goat.
In the winter, the popular ski resort typically opens in December and closes in March. Their average annual snowfall is 300 inches. Anthony Lakes is famous for its light powder, short lines, and friendly atmosphere.
The condition of the grass is good. The primary species are Idaho Fescue and Blue Bunch Wheatgrass. Idaho Fescue is the “ice cream” plant for grazing animals during the growing season. The present owners lease the grazing to an adjacent neighbor that would be glad to continue the existing arrangement if the opportunity is available. Currently, 100 head for 6 months are being grazed
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 11 inches at the lower elevations, to 16 inches at the higher elevations. 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.
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.