6600 acres in Klamath County, Oregon
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Description of the Land
Located in southern Oregon about 50 miles east of Klamath Falls, Deming Creek Ranch is comprised of 6,600 deeded acres and 4,500 leased acres and includes an on-going cattle operation with 2,500 acres of lush irrigated pasture, forested hills of pine, juniper and aspen. The ranch features the Sprague River, Deming Creek, a reservoir and proximity to nearby national forest, lakes and streams. Home to abundant deer, antelope, bear, cougar and migratory elk with two spacious homes, bunkhouse, and a log lodge.
Location and Area:
Deming Creek Ranch is located approximately two miles north of the community of Bly, Oregon, approximately halfway between Klamath Falls and Lakeview in southern Oregon's Klamath County High Plateau three miles from the Gearhart Mountain Wilderness. Bly was originally settled in the 1870s and has experienced a rich, old west history since then. The town currently has about 500 residents. Deming Creek Ranch is uniquely situated in a rugged, rural setting yet just 60 minutes from shopping and an airport served by Horizon Air. All Horizon flights to and from Klamath Falls connect through Portland, about an hour’s flight away.
Deming Creek Ranch is situated on a high plateau surrounded by mountains with elevation ranges between 4,000 - 5,500 ft. providing a climate that is very pleasant with warm, sunny days and cool nights in the summer and cold but relatively temperate, dry weather in the winter. Southern Oregon is known for its mild climate and distinctive four-seasons. Average annual maximum temperature is 68 degrees F and the annual minimum temperature is 41 degrees F. Average annual precipitation is 29.5 inches. Snowfall is minimal with approximately 2.3 inches per year and in many years is non-existent. With its warm summers and mild climate, southern Oregon is an excellent place for gardening and is well known for its many wine vineyards.
The ranch has US Forest Service and BLM grazing permits and currently runs 600 cow/calf pair plus 350 yearlings. Currently there are 1,430 flood-irrigated acres of pasture land near the ranch headquarters, with the potential to irrigate 1,860 acres and the potential for 500 to 670 acres in native grass hay field. The ranch also has 1,278 acres of supplemental water rights. Cleared land currently exists which, if irrigated, could provide additional pastureland. To support the livestock, the ranch includes an 8,000 sq. ft. hay barn complete with five calving stalls and corral, auxiliary hay shed, a heated shop and numerous utility structures. All pastures are easily accessible via well groomed gravel road and/or ATV and horse back. While not currently grazed, there is potential for one or more annual hay cuttings and other crop production. There is potential for timber harvest of yellow and lodge pole pine as well as aspen. Selective cutting was done in the mid-1990s which made the forest healthier and provided more grass. Timber from the area is typically processed in mills in nearby Roseburg, Oregon.
Deming Ranch features two spacious, recently-renovated ranch homes plus a bunkhouse at the main headquarters. The property also includes a spectacular log cabin lodge built in 1999 nestled among pine and aspen at the edge of a vast meadow with wilderness as far as the eye can see. The lodge is self-sustaining with solar power and propane generator back-up. The living area is heated by a magnificent Swedish soapstone wood stove and is furnished with modern appliances, finished with bamboo floors and accented with rustic log timber. The property also has an expansive utility shed complete with laundry as well as a partially completed cinderblock garage which could easily be converted for other uses. The auxiliary ranch house was totally remodeled in 2000. The main ranch house is a modern, comfortable home, conveniently located on the perimeter of the ranch compound and is shaded by graceful trees.
Without a doubt, Deming Creek Ranch is a sportsman's paradise, and unlike many ranch locales, you're not simply gaining proximity to world-class hunting and fishing - you're in the center of the action without leaving the ranch. The ranch is home to abundant deer, antelope, bear cougar and migratory elk, with a generous allotment of tags each year. The Sprague River, known for it excellent fishing, runs through the property and is inhabited by rainbow and brown trout, bullhead and large-mouth bass. Further north, in the ranch's 250-acre, year-round Campbell Reservoir there are trout, bass and even land-locked salmon. The ranch’s reservoir is lined with gentle, sandy beaches, providing access for swimming, boating and water skiing.
The ranch has a remarkable network of well-groomed gravel roads, trails and varied terrain ranging from wildflower filled meadows, dramatic valleys, and high density forest - ideally suited for horseback, off-road vehicle and mountain bike riding. Deming Creek Ranch is surrounded by endless opportunities for a wide array of outdoor activities.
The Fremont-Winema National Forests and Gearhart Mountain Wilderness, known as Oregon’s Outback, surround Bly and offer 2.3 million acres to explore. The heavily timbered western portion of the forest is bordered by the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range and Crater Lake National Park and stretches east into the Klamath River Basin, an area known for its year-round sunshine. The Upper Klamath Lake and the Williamson River within the forest provide endless fishing and other water sport enjoyment. Alpine skiing is nearby at the Warner Canyon Ski Area and there are endless trails to explore by snowmobile, cross-country ski or snow-shoe. The forest’s diverse habitat support a variety of species, making wildlife viewing a unique recreation experience. Big game such as mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn antelope and large predators such as black bears, mountain lions, and bobcats live in the forests. Several varieties of trout inhabit lakes and streams, and in the spring and fall, migrating geese, ducks and swans are in abundance.
The ranch has ample, superior water rights dating back to 1878. Pastureland is flood irrigated from four sources including the Sprague River, Deming Creek, reservoir and two deep wells (one shared). Water is diverted from Deming Creek to fill a 250-acre reservoir which provides water throughout the dry season. According to an August 2006 pumping analysis, the 2 pumps used to draw water from a deep well on the property and the Sprague River produce a combined measure flow of approximately 9,950 gpm.
The following represents a summary on lands irrigated:
Current irrigated acreage: 1,430 acres
Potential irrigated acreage: 1,860 acres
Current primary water rights: 1,860 acres
Current supplementary water rights: 1,278 acres
Potential irrigated hay acreage: 500 + acres
Deming Creek Ranch is available for $3,900,000, inclusive of all real estate, improvements, water rights, mineral rights, timber rights, and seller’s cooperation to transfer all leased land permits.
Contact: Ron Morris or Billy Long
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