Welcome to Butte Creek Retreat – A Rural Recreational Paradise…
Keating Grange Lane, Keating, OR 97814
This ranch is an efficient combination of productive land and quality improvements located in the beautiful Keating Valley of Northeast Oregon. Located 18 miles from beautiful Baker City, this ranch is comprised of 425.3 acres, including 360 acres of water rights from the Powder River which meanders for almost a mile and a half through the ranch meadows. An accessible, yet private setting allows for incredible views in every direction, including the Eagle Cap Mountains to the north, the Elkhorn Mountains to the west, and Lookout Mountain to the east.
The Meadow Grass River Ranch has been operated as a cow/calf operation with both spring and fall calving herds. Currently, the ranch is leased out with the tenant running 125 pairs in the productive meadows of the river bottoms, 33 replacement heifers, and 14 bulls & steers for 2020. An out the gate BLM allotment of 94 AUM for one month allows for a spring turnout to let the meadow grasses establish themselves before cattle are rotated back to the irrigated pastures for the summer months.
The irrigation rights to 360 acres allow for livestock to graze on irrigated pastures for the majority of the grazing season and also gives the owner plenty of water to raise winter feed. As of 2020 there are approximately 135 acres, of which 55 acres are spring 2020 seeding, of alfalfa currently in production. With no fertilizer applied and only taking 2 cuttings to allow for fall grazing, the owner estimates approximately 300T of winter feed is produced. Irrigation water for the 105 +/- acre pivot, wheel lines, and handlines is pumped from the Powder River with average electrical costs of $1,500/month according to the owners. Flood irrigation water for 195 +/- acres is applied via the Cranston & Perkins irrigation ditches. According to the owners, pumping directly from the Powder River allows for the irrigation season to extend all summer, even after the irrigation ditches are shut down.
The ranch headquarters is ideally situated with incredible views in every direction. The ranch house has a total of 3,252 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Remodeled in 2007 the house has many high-end finishes including a kitchen which features; granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Viking double oven & propane cooktop, farmhouse sink, baking center and custom hardwood floors made of Japanese Oak whisky barrels. The master suite is located on the main floor and features Travertine tile, jetted tub, tile walk-in shower and dual vanities. A geothermal central heating and cooling system helps reduce utility costs. A covered deck allows for a relaxing area to take in the incredible view of the Keating Valley and Elkhorn Mountains.
Improvements on the ranch include a 1,440 square foot shop that features power, heating, and cement floors. A livestock barn that can be utilized as a calving shed with 6 stalls is conveniently located near the ranch house. There are also several three-sided equipment sheds to store equipment and supplies out of the elements. A corral system complete with a semi-truck loading chute allows for direct shipping to and from the ranch.
Northeast Oregon is a region well known for its high-quality historic farms, ranches, and productive agricultural lands. Baker County is an area known for its strong agricultural community and warm, small town atmosphere. The region is also an outdoor recreational paradise, with access to thousands of acres of public lands, excellent skiing at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, phenomenal hunting fishing, hiking, and camping opportunities. Northeast Oregon is home to abundant water, including the Snake River, which the Powder River flows into, that allows for excellent fishing, white water rafting, water sports, and many other recreational opportunities. The Powder, Grande Ronde, and Minam rivers, in addition to many other lakes and reservoirs, provide Eastern Oregon residents ample options for enjoying live water adventures.
Co-listed with Bob Reedy, Baker City Realty.