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Wolf Creek Ranch
North Powder, Oregon
Price $ 5,775,000.00
The Wolf Creek Ranch is a stunningly beautiful and private recreational ranch and a great gathering place for friends and family. Within minutes of Anthony Lakes Ski Resort, this quality ranch is a year-round paradise with recreational opportunities for all seasons.
Located in Northeastern Oregon, the ranch consists of 2,518± deeded acres, in Union County. The Wolf Creek Ranch offers a four-year-old, custom, timber-framed, post-and-beam, 11,000±-square-foot home at the end of a private, gated road. This property is known for exceptional hunting for elk, deer and turkey.
Wolf Creek Ranch is nestled at the base of the Elkhorn Mountains. The main home is situated in a timbered location overlooking meadows with views of Oregon’s famous Wallowa Mountains. The property offers many recreational opportunities, from horseback and ATV riding and in the summer to snowmobiling and skiing in the winter. There is good lake fishing nearby.
Income producing spring and summer livestock grazing is well-balanced with adequate grass and water. The year-round streams feed the Powder River basin of eastern Oregon near the small farming and ranching community of North Powder. There are several stock-water ponds, as well as springs. The ranch is home to an array of western wildlife, and the owner is eligible to receive up to four landowner preference tags to hunt elk and deer on the ranch.
Union County, North Powder, Oregon
Distances to Other Cities:
The main residence is an 11,000±-square-foot, custom-built, timber-framed, post-and-beam home.
Equipment Shop/Storage Building:
Large Equipment Shop with concrete floor
Equipment Shed/Pole Building:
3-bay equipment storage building
Pole Building Generator Shed:
4 Stall Horse Barn
Large pump house with concrete floor and heat
Excellent internal road system with improved and semi-improved mountain roads
The property has three year-round creeks, Wolf Creek, Pilcher Creek and Daley Creek, and several seasonal creeks running throughout. All the creeks eventually drain into the Powder River System. There are also six ponds and numerous springs throughout the property.
The Wolf Creek Ranch has been managed for timber production and the site productivity of the property is average to above-average for eastern Oregon timber lands. The owners have practiced selective cutting over the years, so it provides good cover and food for many kinds of wildlife. The principal timber species is Ponderosa Pine, with lesser stands of Douglas Fir, White Fir, Tamarack and Lodge Pole Pine. An actual timber cruise has not been made recently.
The grazing is leased on a year-to-year basis. Historically, the ranch sustains 250 AUMs from June through October. The grass is wellbalanced with stubble heights monitored to adequate levels. The tenant is responsible for all fence repairs. The fence condition is good. In the early months of the grazing season, an abundance of seasonal streams supply ample water. In the later months, the ranch’s sporadically scattered large ponds and springs become the main sources of water. The past years of strategic logging have created excellent range growth conditions, providing a nice blend of open growing areas along with ample shade for livestock. •
Recreation and Wildlife:
This unique property is a very well located hunting property and in a good recreational unit in Northeastern Oregon. With creeks, timber, meadows and open areas this property provides peace and quiet without interference from the outside world for the owner and the wildlife.
The hunting is exceptional for deer, elk, and turkey. There is cougar, bear, bobcats and a host of other small wildlife. Grouse provide additional bird hunting. The land has been managed for deer and elk. Bulls over the 325 mark are seen on the property.
Located in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit, the ranch qualifies for eight (4) Landowner Preference Tags (LOP) under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines.
The mule deer habitat is balanced with rim rocks and timbered sidehills. The elk habitat is exceptional, with good cover in the timber and lots of meadows for grazing. Water is balanced throughout.
This land provides additional opportunities for recreation, such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, horseback riding, four-wheeling, and bike riding or hiking.
Multiple recreational water sources include Wolf Creek, Pilsner Creek and Daley Creek along with one pond stocked with trout and catfish.
The zoning pertaining to the Wolf Creek Ranch is A-2 Agricultural, Grazing Zone, which has a minimum parcel size of 160 acres. The purpose of the A-2 Zone is to protect and maintain agricultural lands for farm use, consistent with existing and future needs for agricultural products. The A-2 Zone is also intended to allow other uses that are compatible with agricultural activities, to protect forests, scenic resources and fish and wildlife habitat. It is also the purpose of the A-2 Zone to qualify farms for farm use valuation under the provisions of ORS Chapter 308.
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 offered for sale. •
For assessment purposes the lands are classified as Agricultural/ Grazing lands. 2015-2016 taxes: $14,011.65
The ranch is located 11.4 miles northwest of North Powder. There is a paved county road, Wolf Creek Lane that turns into a private gravel road to finish the trip to the custom timber framed home located behind a gated ranch entrance. The perimeter of the ranch is well blocked and provides one contiguous parcel. This unit provides a secluded location with no public access, which allows a very private home location.
Wolf Creek Reservoir:
Wolf Creek Reservoir is located off I84 exit 283. Head West on Wolf Creek Lane for 5 miles. The reservoir is owned and operated by the Powder Valley Water Control District who allow for recreation facilities located on the southeast portion of the reservoir.
Maintenance and operations are provided by the Union County Parks Department with support from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon State Marine Board.
The park offers picnic areas, vaulted toilets, dock, and boat ramp. Wolf Creek reservoir is nestled in the foothills of the Elkhorn Mountains with picturesque scenery.
The reservoir is popular for its water sports and fishing. Ice fishing is popular as fishing is allowed year round.
Anthony Lakes Ski Resort:
Wolf Creek Ranch is located 13.1 miles on a direct line from the famed Anthony Lakes Ski Resort. Anthony Lakes Ski Resort offers many wintertime recreational activities including skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. A nonmaintained road does exist from the property directly to Anthony Lakes Ski area.
Many years have passed since the internal rumblings of our mountain sides have quieted along the East Columbian Plateau. These jagged peaks greeted Oregon Trail wagon trains as formidable obstacles. Decades later, America’s railroad would offer safe passage through these up-lifts of granite. Buildings and towns sprang to life with agriculture, timber and mining. People were gaining access to some of the biggest country in the American west and skiers were soon to follow!
In 1938, resort areas such as Kirkwood, California and Sun Valley, Idaho were soon discovered. Road houses were built along rail lines by summer and winter visitors. Through family heritage, the sport of early tele mark skiing had been handed down through generations. America, with all of its turn-of-the-century enthusiasm, was starting to recreate year round. A few of these adventure seekers began looking for winter deep in the heart of the intermountain, far west, and Pacific Northwest regions. A few of these free spirits occupied the Baker Valley near Haines, Oregon. They trudged up the mountain side to natural powder glades of the finest snow found anywhere. They began to frequent summer cabins high about the timber. They began aligning themselves with railroad officials, National Forest Service Representatives, booster clubs and elected government officials. Through this step by step process, the North Powder Lakes, now known as Anthony Lakes, gained notoriety with thousands of hearty souls.
Through the early 1940’s, a road had been punched through and a small cadre of lodges would comprise a rope tow area in a concert with the Anthony Lakes Playground Association, Evergreen Ski Club and a whole lot of volunteerism. After WWII, the lakes offered some excellent downhill adventure but would close again to organized skiing until 1963. In between these times, Champ and Lois Bond would operate another hill at Little Alps just down the road from the present-day ski area. Around 1962, Governor Hatfield agreed to clear the road with state plows if an organizing group could get a start to the project. The group flew into action with the inclusion of telephone, power, physical plant and Poma lift installations.
The area was awarded a 20-year permit in 1965 to a corporation, with day lodge and chairlift completion in 1967. Countless hours of clearing, renovation, and luck kept a wonderful product of great skiing a reality.
The decades would roar through the high country in deep powder snow with the resort hosting races, concerts, weddings, summer operations, cabin-stays and special events. The corporation would stabilize, the Forest Service lease would be held in high esteem by some special people and their families. These wonderful heritage families along with a determined group of locals, continue the legacy of a great powder skiing resort. Truly, their patronage continues to live on through years and years of hard work and hard play at the “Friendliest Little Ski Area in America”.
Fast forward 50 years and the mountain’s legacy continues with the best powder, a new mountain road and a new triple chair. With the addition of boarding, skating and a well-groomed cross country trail, the area has gained a reputation that continues to bring patrons from far reaching resorts such as Whistler and Aspen. The big competitors remain, yet wonderful people, great terrain and some the most breath taking back country still blows away its competitors. Winter or summer, Anthony Lakes will capture your mind while still providing high alpine adventure only found in the REAL west!
Elevation and Rainfall:
The elevation ranges from approximately 3,322 feet to 4,800 feet with rainfall varying from about 15 inches to 19 inches. North Powder, Oregon get 13 inches of rain per year with average snowfall being 45 inches. The number of days with any measureable precipitation is 47.
On average, there are 190 sunny days per year in North Powder, Oregon. The July high is around 84 degrees. The January low is 20. Sperling’s comfort index for North Powder is a 70 out of 100, where a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-around climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.
History of Union County, Oregon:
According to Oregon Geographic Names, the county is named for the town of Union. Union County was originally part of Wasco County. The northern end of the Grande Ronde Valley was the first part to be settled. During the 1860s, population growth in eastern Oregon prompted the State Legislature to split Umatilla and Baker Counties from Wasco County in 1862. Further settlement in the Grande Ronde Valley led to the division of Baker County to create Union County on October 14, 1864. The county doubled in population between 1880 and 1890.
The choice of a county seat resulted in competition, based on geography and on economic and population growth, between La Grande and the city of Union. The county seat alternated between Union and La Grande until it permanently came to rest at La Grande in 1905. Between 1875 and 1913, adjustments were made between Union County’s borders and the borders of Baker, Umatilla, and Wallowa counties.
History of Baker County, Oregon:
The first groups from the eastern U.S. following the Oregon Trail passed through the area on their way to the Willamette Valley, unaware of the potential wealth they passed over. At Flagstaff Hill, near Baker City, 15 miles (24 km) of wagon ruts left by immigrants can still be seen.
In 1861 gold was discovered and Baker County became one of the Northwest’s largest gold producers. On September 22 of the following year, the state assembly created Baker County from the eastern part of Wasco County. Later, Union County and Malheur County were created from this county. The boundaries were adjusted for the last time in 1901, when the area between the Powder River and the Wallowa Mountains was returned to Baker County.
The original county seat was at Auburn. While at first a booming mining town with 5,000 inhabitants, once the gold was mined out Auburn’s population dwindled, and county citizens eventually voted in 1868 to make Baker City, incorporated in 1874, the new county seat.
The population of Baker County nearly quadrupled between the years 1880 and 1910. This growth was largely a product of the emergence and expansion of the Sumpter Valley Railroad and several of its spur lines, which helped lumber and mining operations to develop and grow.
In 1914 Fern Hobbs, on behalf of her employer Governor Oswald West, declared martial law in the Baker County city of Copperfield. This was the first declaration of martial law in the state since the American Civil War.
North Powder, Oregon:
North Powder is a city in Union County, Oregon. The population was 439 at the 2010 census. The community was named for the North Powder River, which was named for an English translation of Chinook terms for the soil along the stream.
The North Powder School District offers education from kindergarten through high school (K-12).
Oregon Department Fish Wildlife: http://www.dfw.state.or.us./
Jim Whitney, CCIM, Broker
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