101 SE Third
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Phone 541-278-4444

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Snake River Irrigation Recreational Farm

Malheur County, Oregon

Price  $ 2,250,000.00

Property Overview:

The Snake River Irrigated Recreational Farm contains 142.04± deeded acres. 134.3± acres of water rights provide irrigation to the level fields throughout the property. The water rights point of diversion comes from the Snake River providing the owner free water. The property has produced mainly alfalfa, barley, and wheat hay in years past. Improvements on the property include a manufactured home, 28x35 three-bay shop, hay yard and two smaller sheds. A portion of the property borders the Snake River. The property is secluded on a dead-end road; the current owners are the only full-time residents. A large variety of recreational opportunities, abundant wildlife, border-access to the Snake River, State of Oregon water rights and seclusion make this a unique recreational property.


The property is 12± miles southwest of Weiser, Idaho, on the Oregon side. Access is from I-84; take exit 356 onto Highway 201 toward Weiser, ID then take a sharp left turn onto Porters Flat Rd. Call Listing Brokers for property showing and address. 

Distances to Other Cities:

Weiser, ID: 12± miles
Huntington, OR: 13± miles
Ontario, OR: 25± miles
Boise, ID: 80± miles
Portland, OR: 359± miles

Acreage Breakdown:

Total Deeded Acres: 142.04±
Total FSA Cropland Acres: 143.33±
Field 1 – Southeast of home: 70± Acres
Field 2 – Northwest of home three 20±acre parcels
Field 3 – Snake River Frontage – Furthest field
Northwest of home: 10± Acres

Current Production and Historical Production:

Owner has indicated he produces approximately seven tons to the acre and receives four cuttings during the hay season. Under the current ownership, the farm has been used and operated as a producing hay operation. Alfalfa, wheat, & beardless barley have all been rotated throughout the fields and produced for hay. Historically, under different ownership, the property has produced potatoes and corn as well

Irrigation/Water Rights/Pumps:

The total acres irrigated are 134.4± acres. The property water rights allow the owner to pump straight out of the Snake River with a priority date of January 23, 1964. The amount of irrigation allowed shall not exceed four acre-feet per acre for each acre irrigated during the irrigation season of each year. According to the State of Oregon Water Resource Department, irrigation is allowed from March 1st through October 1st of each year. Water is pumped from the Snake River into an irrigation canal above ground and flows to two pressure pumps. The water is then distributed through an underground mainline distribution system with high risers to nine wheel lines throughout the property. The State of Oregon Water Resource Department controls the water rights. All irrigation equipment associated with the property is part of purchase. Buyer should contact the water master of District 9 Jason Spriet, 541.523.8224 for further information of water related questions for this subject property.

River Pump:

There is approximately 33 feet of lift for water to be pumped from the river up a 20” pipe and then fed into a 15” pipe where water is then fed into the irrigation canal and gravity fed to the two distribution pressure pumps located on the property. The river pump has a brand new Cornell 6NNT-F pump that pumps 1800 gpm. Current owners had a run-dry protection built into the pump. Powering the pump is a new Teco 30 hp, three- phase motor by Westinghouse. The pump and piping for the River pump is located in a cement pump house and under cover. Further information on the River Pump is available at the Whitney Land Company Office or by asking the Listing Broker.

Pressure Pump 1:

Located Southeast of the house is a 30hp pressure pump that distributes water to the 1st field of 70± Acres. This pump has a 700 -gal pressure filter system which water is pushed through and out to the 8” mainline.

 Pressure Pump 2:

Located northwest of the house, is a 30hp pressure pump that distributes water to the three 20-acre parcels. This pump also has a 1,100-gallon pressure filter system which water is pushed through and out to the 8” mainline.

Power Provider:

Idaho Power provides Power to the property. The owner has indicated that his power bill is $12,000-$15,000 for the irrigation pumps during a typical season.


The property has a three-bedroom two-bathroom fleetwood manufactured home located in the East corner of the property. The house is 1,396± square feet and was constructed in 1996. Updates to the home include a new metal roof, a new lawn, all new PEX tubing waterline system, and new pressure water tank. The pump in the domestic well was replaced last year. Trees surround the house giving it plenty of cover and shade. Five (5) fruit trees are located out back of the house and are ripe with fruit during harvest time.

Domestic Well:

The primary domestic well that pumps water for the house is approximately 40 feet deep. The static water level is at 17 feet deep and the well has a 6 inch diameter steel casing. The property also has an auxiliary well for back up. Please refer to the well logs in the back of this brochure for more information.


Machine Shop – An approximately 28’WX35’L three-bay machine shop has concrete floors, 15-foot high doors, a 220V air conditioning wall unit, and a diesel heater. The shop has steel siding, a steal roof and electricity.

Convenience Shed – There are two (2) small convenience-sheds located near the house and behind the shop. Both sheds are used for storage.

Hay Yard – Approximately 0.5 an acre is used by the house as an uncovered hay yard to stack and store the hay. The hay yard is easily maneuverable for a semi-truck going in and out of the yard.


Snake River frontage allows for excellent recreational opportunities on the property. The river provides habitat for a large variety of wildlife. The owner has indicated that deer, elk, and the occasional antelope have been seen on the property.
Under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines, the property qualifies for two (2) antlerless doe and elk Landowner Preference (LOP) tags within the Beulah unit. Hunt 665A is a short-season antlerless doe hunt. The season runs typically from October 13th through October 21st providing a short window of opportunity to harvest two does from the property. Hunt 265B3 is a much longer elk season hunt that provids the landowner two (2) cow LOP tags. The season typically runs from November 17th through December 31st. The owner has been successful harvesting both does and cow elk from the property. Please refer to the Hunt Maps provided in the back of the brochure. Additional Regulations may apply--See the ODFW Big Game Hunting Regulations book or call the local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Ontario, Oregon, at 541-889-6975.
Buyers can enjoy the upland bird hunting on the property. Geese, snow geese, turkeys, pheasants, quail, doves and ducks have all been harvested from the property. The Snake River is very popular for bass, crappie, perch, bluegill and catfish.


The property is zoned C-A2 or Exclusive Range use (ERU). Buyer is to review zoning ordnances and questions with Malheur County Planning Department (541) 473-5185.


The 2017 Total Base Tax & Special Assessments: $1,149.39

Mineral Rights:

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.


According to Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the subject property falls within OR645, Soil Survey of Malheur County, Oregon, Northern Part. This survey is an active initial survey and is currently in progress. The subject property falls within an area of NOTCOM which stands for Not Complete. Unfortunately, at this moment in time NRCS does not have soil data available to share. Buyer is encouraged to take soil samples and have the data analyzed during their inspection period.

Malheur County Agriculture:

Malheur County agriculture has developed since pioneer days. Today it uses up to date practices producing diversified products. Family owned farms use crop rotation practices that keep soil healthy and reduce disease and weed pressures. County agriculture is dependent on irrigation, since on average only 10 inches of precipitation falls each year, mostly during the time of the year when freezing temperatures prohibit crop growth. Water from snow melt and spring rains is saved in reservoirs and distributed to fertile farmland during the droughty summer growing season. The amount of water available in the reservoirs and the rate of water flows in the streams are carefully monitored.
Malheur County agriculture not only has a farm gate value of about 250 million dollars per year, but is also fundamental to the county economy generating about 1 billion dollars due to sales, processing, packing, and services. Growers associations cooperate to improve the yield and quality of the products and foster sustainable agricultural practices. Many by-products of agricultural processing are recycled into the local agricultural sector.
Malheur County agriculture is fascinating because of diversity: vegetable crops, cereals, meat, milk, forages, mushrooms, seed crops and mint are all grown. Malheur County grows more acres of onions, sugar beets, and alfalfa hay than any other county in Oregon. Onion production generated $26,7 million in 2007 and was the leading row crop. Income in 2007 was down due to high yields and low prices. Total agricultural sales in 2007 were $261 million. Other crops included wheat, potatoes, dry field beans, sweet corn, field corn, and seed crops (red clover, alfalfa, cereals, vegetables and flowers).

Malheur County:

Malheur County is a county in the southeast corner of the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,313. Its county seat is Vale, and its largest city is Ontario. The county was named after the Malheur River, which runs through the county. Malheur County is included in the Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Boise Combined Statistical Area. It is included in the eight-county definition of Eastern Oregon.



Offered by:
The Whitney Land Company

Christopher D. Stuvland, Broker
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Gary Jellum, Broker
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Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing.  A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.

All of the information within this sales package has been gathered from State, County and City records and officials as well as others who are deemed reliable; however, the broker and agents can not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information herein contained. It is also subject to change, prior sale or withdrawal.