The Mill Creek Farm is located west of Baker City…
0 Hwy 350, Joseph, OR 97846
The ranch offers fantastic privacy along with rolling grassy hills, deep canyons, timbered draws, world class hunting, and even shallow-water lakes. All of this is located within a very desirable area. This beautiful property is offered with a conservation easement which makes it very affordable. These kinds of opportunities don’t come often.
Located in Wallowa County of Northeast Oregon, this ranch is the heart of the most beautiful area imaginable. You have amazing views of the Wallowa Mountains, which according to a 2019 article written by The Oregonian, are the most scenic place in the entire state. You have great views of the Seven Devils Mountain Range in Idaho along with the breaks of Hells Canyon as well. The small communities of Joseph and Wallowa lake are nearby. Joseph offers events on nearly a weekly basis such as car shows, rodeos, music festivals, and more. Wallowa Lake is one of the largest glacial lakes in North America. There you find plenty of activities ranging from water sports to mini golf. You will never run out of things to do on this ranch and the surrounding area.
The hunting is phenomenal for mule deer, whitetail deer, rocky mountain elk, black bear, mountain lion, chukar, Hungarian partridge, grouse, and more. The ranch is in the Imnaha Hunting Unit (#61) where bull elk hunts are highly sought after. The ranch is good for four Landowner Preference (LOP) tags. The chukar hunting is known to be among the best in the entire area. The ranch is bordered by public land opening thousands of acres of additional hunting. Fishing in the surrounding rivers and lakes is very popular. Sheep Creek runs through the bottom of the property where you find trout fishing. Wallowa Lake has a healthy population of trout and has even produced the world record kokanee salmon. The nearby Imnaha River produces chinook salmon, steelhead, and trout. This ranch and the surrounding are a sportsman’s dream.
The vegetation and topography are very diverse throughout this ranch. The bottom of the property starts at the confluence of Devils Gulch and Little Sheep creek along Highway 350. The elevation starts at 2,800 feet and climbs clear up to 5,240 feet at an area known as the Lower Divide. Clear Lake Ridge is a relatively flat and long ridge where you find three shallow-water lakes that were naturally formed. The lakes hold water year-round and are often full of waterfowl. Along with the shallow-water lakes, you will find springs all over the property that drain into Devils Gulch and Bear Gulch; both tributaries of the Snake River. Willows, cottonwoods, and hawthorns are found throughout the riparian areas and bunchgrasses like bluebunch wheatgrass and Idaho Fescue are found on the uplands. North-facing slopes are filled with conifers such as ponderosa pine and douglas fir. A strong elevation gradient, a diversity in aspect, and great water resources makes this ranch wealthy with ecological diversity.
A small cabin rests on Clear Lake Ridge at the head of a small creek. The cabin is in a cozy location shaded by willow trees. A spring feeds water to its off-grid location allowing for simple, care-free maintenance. The fencing throughout the property is in great condition and many of the springs have been developed with toughs.
To ensure the significant conservation values of this very diverse landscape, a proposed conservation easement is to be placed upon the deed at closing. The easement allows for agricultural and recreational activities to continue. The proposed conservation easement is available for serious and qualified buyers.
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