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Rudio Mountain Ranch
Price $ 27,750,000.00
The 24,178.45+/- acre Rudio Mountain Ranch is located in western Grant County, Oregon, between the North Fork John Day and John Day River drainages, and near the riverfront communities of Dayville and Kimberly. Bordering the Blue Mountain town of Long Creek, the ranch ownership extends almost 14 miles from northwest to southeast and contains the ridge top of the 5,700 foot Rudio Mountain. The property contains the headwaters of Rudio Creek, numerous springs, stock ponds, and 25 +/- miles of year-round and seasonal creeks, some that are tributaries to the John Day River. Some of the primary creeks include, Donaldson Creek, Board Creek, Squaw Creek, Cougar Creek, Rudio Creek, Straight Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Johnson Creek, Gilmore Creek, Camp Creek, and Shirttail Creek.
Through the years, the ranch has been used for summer grazing and accommodates 700 head of cattle.
There are limited public access points to the entire ownership and main entry routes are from the south near Dayville, on Highway 26 along Franks Creek, from Kimberly in the northwest, on Highway 19 and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, and from Fox in the east off of Forest Service road FS3955.
The subject property includes 8 LOP tags within the Northside Unit (47). The ranch is abundant with wildlife including elk, mule deer, turkey and bear.
The topography is spectacular, filled with ridge tops, meadows, and some of the best Rocky Mountain elk hunting and big game hunting in the western United States. For the past several years, the Rudio Mountain Ranch has been leased by one of Oregon’s most successful and established outfitters John & Deborah Cole of Hunter’s Rendezvous (http://outfitterjohncole.com/index.php). John Cole and crew have managed the ranch precisely for the benefit of wildlife and as a result, they continuously harvest quality animals for their clients with a success rate exceeding 90% for rifle hunters and 75% for archery hunters. The base camp for Hunter’s Rendezvous is located near McGarr Meadows located in the southwest portion of the ranch. It is the intention of outfitter to remove the buildings prior to the close of escrow.
Located in the Northside Game Management Unit, the ranch qualifies for 8 Landowner Preference Tags under Oregon’s Land Owner Preference (LOP) tag program. The 8 LOP tags are based on one single ownership or entity.
In addition, isolated BLM parcels exist within Rudio Mountain Ranch providing additional habitat for hunting and recreation. There are no public easements to the BLM lands throughout the ranch. Malheur National Forest borders the ranch along the eastern boundary.
Natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant in Grant County year- round. Thousands of acres of public land offer backpacking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, or scenic driving. Campgrounds abound, with a wide range of facilities. All or part of three wilderness areas are located in Grant County.
North Fork John Day River –
The North Fork John Day River means a lot of things to a lot of people. It is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River for its outstandingly remarkable values of scenery, historic, recreation, fisheries, and wildlife. It also flows through the heart of the North Fork John Day Wilderness. Portions of the North Fork John Day River mark the transition between the foothills of the Blue Mountains and the high desert typical of Eastern Oregon. The river winds through densely forested canyons and open stands of ponderosa pine and little evidence of civilization. At the turn of the century, the entire river valley was marked by gold mines and dredging operations. Miner's cabins and tailings are still seen today. Wildflowers are abundant in the spring and wildlife viewing is good year-round. There are 4 developed campgrounds and numerous dispersed campsites along the river corridor.
John Day River –
The John Day River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 284 miles long. Undammed along its entire length, the river is the third longest free-flowing river in the contiguous United States. There is extensive use of its waters for irrigation. Its course furnishes habitat for diverse species, including wild steelhead and Chinook salmon runs. The river was named for John Day, a member of the Pacific Fur Company's overland expedition to the mouth of the Columbia River that left Missouri in 1810. Day struggled through eastern Oregon during the winter of 1811–12. While descending the Columbia River in April 1812, he and Ramsay Crooks were robbed and stripped naked by Native Americans at the mouth of the river that now bears his name, forcing them to hike 80 miles back to the friendly Umatilla Indians under extreme conditions.
The main branch of the John Day River rises in the Strawberry Mountains in eastern Grant County. The North Fork heads on the western slope of the Elkhorn Mountains in northeastern Grant County
Rudio Mountain Ranch has been managed for commercial timber production for over 70 years. The primary species include Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Western Fir and Western Larch. Of the total ranch acres, over 22,000 acres are considered timbered which provides long-term asset growth and opportunity to harvest or obtain potential values. Oregon’s forests are managed for three primary purposes: timber production, multi-resource-including recreation and water and wildlife, and reserves with limited timber harvest that are set aside as parks or wilderness areas or to protect endangered species habitat. The Rudio Mountain Ranch provides a well-balanced approach with all three management purposes.
The Rudio Mountain Ranch has multiple Water Rights Certificates, which are for irrigation and the right to store water of springs and tributaries for livestock and wildfire protection. Copies of the Certificates will be available to qualified buyers.
Location of Subject Property:
The Rudio Mountain Ranch is located in western Grant County, between the North Fork John Day and John Day River drainages, near the riverfront communities of Dayville and Kimberly.
Distances to Other Cities:
Dayville, OR- 14 miles
No real improvements exist other than base camp for The Hunter’s Rendezvous Outfitter, located near McGarr Meadows located in the southwest portion of the ranch. It is the intention of outfitter to remove the buildings prior to the close of escrow. There are excellent locations for development of a hunting lodge, retreats or various improvements throughout the ranch.
The land has a combination of zoning consisting of Primary Forest (PF) and Multiple Use Range (MUR). PF is described as 80/240 – 80 acres is minimum parcel size for forest uses. 240 acres to place a large tract test dwelling. MUR is described as 160/320. 160 acres minimum parcel size for farm or forest uses. 320 acres to place a farm dwelling.
Any mineral or geothermal rights owned by the seller are included as part of the property being offered for sale.
Climate: Dayville, Oregon
History of Dayville, Oregon:
Dayville was named for the John Day River. The original site of the Dayville post office was 3 miles (5 km) west of the city's current location. In the mid-19th century, Dayville was along the route of a wagon road, renamed The Dalles Military Road in about 1870 that connected The Dalles on the Columbia River with gold mines near Canyon City. Dayville was incorporated in 1913.
History of Grant County, Oregon:
Grant County has been described as “Gold and Cattle Country”, and this description aptly captures the history of the region. Gold was discovered in Canyon Creek in 1862, and during the following gold rush, over $26 million in gold was minded in the John Day – Canyon area.
Grant County was established on October 14, 1864, from parts of old Wasco and old Umatilla counties. Prior to its creation, cases brought to court were tried in The Dalles, county seat of the vast Wasco County. The great distance to The Dalles made law enforcement a difficult problem, and imposed a heavy burden on citizens who had a need to transact business at the courthouse. In 1889, more than half of the southern part of the original Grant County was taken to form Harney County. Also in 1899, a small part of northwestern Grant County was taken (along with parts of Crook and Gilliam counties) to form Wheeler County.
After gold was discovered in 1862 on Whiskey Flat, it has been estimated that within ten days 1,000 miners were camped along Canyon Creek. This increased population created a need for county government. Grant County’s government operates in accordance with the Oregon Constitution which was ratified by the People of Oregon in November 1857, and the revised Statutes of Oregon. It employs the old-western county government system: the County Court, with a County Judge and two Commissioners. While the County Court no longer exercises much judicial authority, it serves as the executive branch of county government. There are no parishes or villages in Grant County, and while the term “town” is often used locally to describe one of the incorporated cities, surveyed townships have nothing to do with political divisions or organization in Oregon.
The third man to serve as County Judge of Grant County was Cincinnatus Hiner “Joaquin” Miller (1837–1913), the noted poet, playwright, and western naturalist, called the "Poet of the Sierras" and the "Byron of the Rockies.”
The county seat is Canyon City, which served as the chief community of the county for many years. In 1864, when the county was organized, Canyon City is said to have boasted the largest population of any community in Oregon. Mining and ranching, along with timber and then the service and public works that followed, brought people into the area and communities grew around the natural centers of industry and agriculture. Canyon City hosts an annual summer festival called "'62 Days" (referencing the local gold discovery in 1862) to celebrate its history and residents.
Since the 1930s, the city of John Day has served as the main economic center of the county, and boasts the largest population.
Hunter’s Rendezvous: http://outfitterjohncole.com/index.php
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