North Powder Ranch is located just west of North Powder and Haines, Oregon. This property is situated off Anthony Lakes Highway near the county line between Baker and Union Counties on the Baker County side. Many nearby mountains, streams, and wilderness areas offer hunting, fishing, camping, and skiing. Popular recreational attractions in the area include the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Anthony Lakes Ski Area which is about 12 miles away.
North Powder Ranch consists of 185.64± deeded acres of flat, flood irrigated ground. The ranch is in a very private setting near the mountains and close to National Forest land.
2,300± sq. ft. home is set back ¼ mile from the road for privacy. The custom home was built in 1975 by an artist/architect and had a major remodel in 2015. It features rough-hewn wood beams, a huge stone chimney, and stone accent walls for a rustic country feel. It has an upper-level master bedroom above the main living area and two bedrooms above a spacious office/multi-purpose room that has a freestanding propane stove. The home includes two full bathrooms and a laundry room.
Central heating is provided by a new (installed in November 2020) 95% efficient, propane forced air heating system. The addition of wood fireplaces in the kitchen and master bedroom, along with a propane insert in the living room, adds to the rustic charm and makes the home feel comfortable year-round. The home also has an unfinished partial basement, which is 336± sq. ft. A large covered front porch and a back-facing deck provide outdoor living space.
The garage/shop has 3 vehicle bays, plus a 437± sq. ft. workshop area on the main level. The main floor workshop has extra high ceilings, a skylight, and a pulley hoist system providing access for all sorts of projects. It’s a great space to work and has a wood stove for heat. A 475± sq. ft. workspace/art studio is located above the vehicle bays on the upper level. It is insulated, has air conditioning and substantial lighting from a skylight, along with windows looking out on the ranch. The shop is wired for 110 and 220 power.
A 2,484 sq. ft. horse barn is built on a concrete foundation and features 10 stalls, a feed room, and an insulated tack room with hot water heater. An attached 45 ft. x 75 ft. building with a concrete foundation and 2×12 lumber exterior was built just four years ago and has LED lighting and numerous windows. It is currently used for equipment storage but could be used as an indoor riding arena with the addition of sand or other footing. The livestock setup includes Powder River corrals/cow and calf chutes, and a 3,276 sq. ft. pole barn for hay storage that was also built four years ago.
Owners run 60 calf/cow pairs year-round (with potential for increased capacity). Additionally, they grow their own hay on the property to feed the cattle.
186± acres of the property is in irrigated pasture including 60± acres currently in meadow hay. The average hay yield is two tons per acre with one cutting in mid-summer. Water: Irrigation water comes from a private irrigation district of the North Powder River and is applied via flood irrigation. Excellent senior water rights for 188± acres with 1874 and 1881 priority dates. The property has two wells for domestic use, which also provides water to troughs throughout the property for livestock. Pumps were replaced on both wells in September 2020.
The property qualifies for 2 Land-Owner Preference (LOP) hunting tags and wildlife in the area is plentiful. The Elkhorn Wildlife Area is about a mile from the ranch. The wildlife area is operated by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to support the deer and elk that migrate down from the Elkhorn Mountains in the winter. 10 feeding stations throughout attract thousands of deer and elk each winter. This helps prevent them from feeding on agricultural land. Two of these feeding stations are just over a mile from the property. The ranch receives frequent visits from local wildlife passing by on their way to feed.
Well-maintained ranch in a great location, 30 minutes from Baker City. 3± miles to Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and 12± miles to Anthony Lakes Ski Resort. Wolf Creek and Pilcher Creek Reservoirs are just a short drive away, offering accessible fishing and boating opportunities.