Phipps Meadow Ranch
Bubbling springs originating on the property help create the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the John Day River. The meadow is unparalleled as it meanders over a distance of 1.5 miles through a gorgeous, mountain wetland with surrounding timber. This tract is one of the last remaining private holdings of riparian habitat in the upper John Day river system.
The property contains critical habitat for Salmon and Steelhead which are Federal and State designated priority species. The flows in the meadow are significant enough that beaver actively work the hydrology creating dams. Lush grasses in combination with sedges and rushes provide an excellent combination of habitat for both aquatic and terrestrial species. A forest comprised of Ponderosa Pine and Lodgepole Pine overlook the meadow. Historically, grazing has had excellent forage for livestock from June to November. Strategic fence placement has enabled the stockman to efficiently manage their livestock. Big game species heavily use the property during spring, summer and early fall. Game species that frequent the property include the majestic Rocky Mountain Elk, White-tail deer, Mule deer, Black bear, cougar and turkey.
The potential to construct a cabin on the property is possible as it meets the minimum criteria of 240 acres. A state paved highway provides property entrance access year round. A 3 mile drive down the highway from the property is Austin, Junction. It is complete with a gas station, convenience store and restaurant. Recreational opportunities near the property are endless. Winter snowmobile trails connect Austin Junction to miles of adventure. The North Fork John Day Wilderness area is near; allotting over 100 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, or ATV
riding along the river and into remarkable high mountain lakes and alluring lookouts. Thousands of acres of public lands, miles of streams, and an endless sea of timber surround this beautiful meadow. This property is distinctive in what it possesses and where it is located. This property is rare in that it is so well rounded that it could be ideally suitable for livestock production, endless recreational opportunities, or a variety of conservation programs.