Location: 3 miles north of Ritter, Or., 27 miles north of Long Creek, Or., and 74 miles South of Pendleton, Or.
Water: This property has mile of Eight Mile Creek running through it. This creek is large enough to have steelhead spawn in it and the owner catches 12 trout. There are many springs here that could be made into large ponds. There is a fairly large pond built already. The house well is 30 gpm and has a pipe that runs to the alfalfa field.
Timber: There is scattered pine, fir, and juniper over the property. Most of the Eight Mile Creek is timbered to the creek itself.
Climate: The climate at this piece is moderate. You will get snow in the winter depending on the year. Usually at this elevation the snow will not be great. Rainfall will be in the 12-16 category. Summers will be moderate with low humidity except when thunderstorms come through and they only last a couple of hours at the most. Rain will come with them which does a pretty good job of greening this up in late summer.
Wildlife: This is a well known deer and elk area. There is very steep BLM land to the north of this piece which makes a great undisturbed area for them. There will always be animals here because of that BLM land that has terrible access. The owner has harvested deer and elk on the property. He has a pipe going to a dryland alfalfa field which when he is here he irrigates it. That field is like a green magnet to elk and deer. There are a lot of turkeys on the property and they are usually there year round. The whole Eight Mile drainage has an amazing amount of elk, deer, and turkeys.
Improvements: The owners purchased a manufactured home in 2006 and put it on the property. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath and very nice. The owners have rarely been there to use it since they purchased it (6 times) and is in excellent shape. It is over 1700 sq. ft. and has a very nice deck on the front that gives huge views to the north, west and east to the alfalfa field.
General Observations: This recreational property is easily accessed from Highway #395 by going west on Ritter turnoff. It is in Grant County where the county is not in an adversarial position with you(amazing!). The creek is very nice, shaded, and timbered. There are old fields that could be turned into dryland alfalfa. They were in grain years before. You are high enough that there are some very nice views from here detailing the breaks of the middle fork of the John Day River. Grant County is a conservative county with folks being in somewhat of a culture of long ago, which is great. It is secluded here and especially on this ranch. By the way, it is fenced. You will find there is no noise except elk bugling in the fall and turkeys gobbling. This is a very, very nice ranch at an extremely inviting price.