You’ll need lots of film to try and capture the magnificence of one of Oregon’s natural wonders.This is a rare find in 4232 deeded semi-contiguous acres that run alongside the John Day Rivers with a healthy stand of timber that has not been harvested for over 50 years. The abundance of water from the Middle and North Fork of the John Day River, plus the confluence of these two rivers including Three Mile Creek, attracts some of the largest Steel Head, Salmon and Rainbow Trout that Oregon has to offer.
The land possesses majestic mountain ranges with topography ranging from 2260 at the river bottom to 3400 on the highest flats where with a multitude of wildlife. The absence of any structures lends character to its openness and natural beauty. Access to the land is dirt road in 4 wheel drive vehicles. The natural calmness of this particular property is extensive and very photographic. Numerous underground artesian springs are located throughout the property with 4 seasonal stock ponds. Almost 1 mile of Middle Fork of the John Day River frontage meanders through and approximately 4 miles of the North Fork of John Day itself run alongside the ranch. There is also 1 1/2 miles of Three Mile Creek frontage. The property is very well hydrated with water. An official fish and wildlife survey was conducted in 2013 is available inside the documents file.
This area is an ideal spot for hunters who enjoy wide open spaces with privacy, game birds, elk, deer, cougar and bear that are often found throughout the region plus big game hunting for Rocky Mountain Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Deer and Antelope.
There are four tax lots for numerous Landowner Preference Tags in the Heppner Unit that can be applied for under new ownership for 2020. An old homestead still has evidence of a past life with a root cellar, spring and antique treasures that speak for themselves. The craggy rimrocks above this solar building site view the sound of silence with only the echo of the river roaring up the canyon hillsides.
Sagebrush and juniper dot the slopes with grassy valleys, pine forest, mountain peaks and natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant year-round. This ranch is bordered by BLM and private landowners and is currently being leased for cattle grazing. It supports wild runs of summer steelhead in both the North Fork and Middle Fork John Day, and small mouth bass are prolific throughout the rivers. Seller states there is over a million board feet of timber assessed in the past, however, does not have a current timber cruise available. The bulk of timber in on Three Mile Creek.
In connection with this property is an out the gate permit with the Bureau of Land Management of 1600 acres that adjoins this property. (North Fork allotment (Swaggart): 114 AUM’s, 211 cattle 04/15 – 5/31 annual use). The permit can be applied for transfer to new owner after recording of deed. It is currently sub-leased and that will expire at closing. Tenant is willing to continue grazing lease to assist buyer in keeping the farm deferral intact. It will continue in this tax status as long as cattle continue to graze it.
This holding is located in the notorious town of Ritter near Long Creek, Oregon, and is approximately 30 miles north of John Day and 120 miles south of Pendleton, Oregon and not far from the soothing Ritter Hot Springs. The Hill Ranch is a clean slate, awaiting personal touches on this trophy Oregon ranch.
Unique as Eastern Oregon is, it’s a land of great diversity with majestic mountain ranges, wide open plains, ancient rock formations, and uncounted plant varieties. Still – visible from pioneer wagons traveling the Oregon Trail and tell-tale tailings from early mining days make it a land rich in history.
Grant County is the land of scenic contrast. Things just look different there. The dramatic geological formations in the John Day Fossils Beds National Monument are overwhelming as is the beautiful and diverse topography on the journey to this wonder land of privacy and seclusion.
There are thousands of acres of public land overall in this region that offer backpacking, cross-country skiing, snow-mobiling, hunting, fishing, horseback riding or just scenic driving. This part of Oregon is the place for just about any recreational past time.
Here is your opportunity to own your own piece of the past.
Enroute to this scenic getaway, you’ll see beautiful alpine meadows carpeted in golden wild flowers, miles upon miles of pine forest infused with sunlight, arid deserts dotted with sage brush and loaded with wildlife, towering snowcap mountains and beautiful sunrises, sunsets and a galaxy full of stars.
If Hill Ranch is your final destination, then the adventures that await you are countless. “There is just no other place like it!”
Taxes: $4408 for 2019
Zoning : Primary Forest (PF) and Multiple Use Range (MUR)
Possible trade or owner terms considered. Brokers must accompany buyers and be present at all showings. Shown to pre-qualified buyers only.