The 24,178.45+/- acre Rudio Mountain Ranch is located in western Grant County, Oregon, between the North Fork John Day and John Day River drainages, and near the riverfront communities of Dayville and Kimberly. Bordering the Blue Mountain town of Long Creek, the ranch ownership extends almost 14 miles from northwest to southeast and contains the ridge top of the 5,700 foot Rudio Mountain. The property contains the headwaters of Rudio Creek, numerous springs, stock ponds, and 25 +/- miles of year-round and seasonal creeks, some that are tributaries to the John Day River. Some of the primary creeks include, Donaldson Creek, Board Creek, Squaw Creek, Cougar Creek, Rudio Creek, Straight Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Johnson Creek, Gilmore Creek, Camp Creek, and Shirttail Creek.
Through the years, the ranch has been used for summer grazing and accommodates 700 head of cattle.
There are limited public access points to the entire ownership and main entry routes are from the south near Dayville, on Highway 26 along Franks Creek, from Kimberly in the northwest, on Highway 19 and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, and from Fox in the east off of Forest Service road FS3955.
Recreation: The subject property includes 8 LOP tags within the Northside Unit (47). The ranch is abundant with wildlife including elk, mule deer, turkey and bear.
The topography is spectacular, filled with ridge tops, meadows, and some of the best Rocky Mountain elk hunting and big game hunting in the western United States. For the past several years, the Rudio Mountain Ranch has been leased by one of Oregons most successful and established outfitters John & Deborah Cole of Hunters Rendezvous (outfitterjohncole.com/index.php). John Cole and crew have managed the ranch precisely for the benefit of wildlife and as a result, they continuously harvest quality animals for their clients with a success rate exceeding 90% for rifle hunters and 75% for archery hunters. The base camp for Hunters Rendezvous is located near McGarr Meadows located in the southwest portion of the ranch. It is the intention of outfitter to remove the buildings prior to the close of escrow.
Located in the Northside Game Management Unit, the ranch qualifies for 8 Landowner Preference Tags under Oregons Land Owner Preference (LOP) tag program. The 8 LOP tags are based on one single ownership or entity.
In addition, isolated BLM parcels exist within Rudio Mountain Ranch providing additional habitat for hunting and recreation. There are no public easements to the BLM lands throughout the ranch. Malheur National Forest borders the ranch along the eastern boundary.
Natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant in Grant County year- round. Thousands of acres of public land offer backpacking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, or scenic driving. Campgrounds abound, with a wide range of facilities. All or part of three wilderness areas are located in Grant County.
North Fork John Day River The North Fork John Day River means a lot of things to a lot of people. It is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River for its outstandingly remarkable values of scenery, historic, recreation, fisheries, and wildlife. It also flows through the heart of the North Fork John Day Wilderness. Portions of the North Fork John Day River mark the transition between the foothills of the Blue Mountains and the high desert typical of Eastern Oregon. The river winds through densely forested canyons and open stands of ponderosa pine and little evidence of civilization. At the turn of the century, the entire river valley was marked by gold mines and dredging operations. Miner’s cabins and tailings are still seen today. Wildflowers are abundant in the spring and wildlife viewing is good year-round. There are 4 developed campgrounds and numerous dispersed campsites along the river corridor.
John Day River The John Day River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 284 miles long. Undammed along its entire length, the river is the third longest free-flowing river in the contiguous United States. There is extensive use of its waters for irrigation. Its course furnishes habitat for diverse species, including wild steelhead and Chinook salmon runs. The river was named for John Day, a member of the Pacific Fur Company’s overland expedition to the mouth of the Columbia River that left Missouri in 1810. Day struggled through eastern Oregon during the winter of 181112. While descending the Columbia River in April 1812, he and Ramsay Crooks were robbed and stripped naked by Native Americans at the mouth of the river that now bears his name, forcing them to hike 80 miles back to the friendly Umatilla Indians under extreme conditions.
The main branch of the John Day River rises in the Strawberry Mountains in eastern Grant County. The North Fork heads on the western slope of the Elkhorn Mountains in northeastern Grant County
Timber: Rudio Mountain Ranch has been managed for commercial timber production for over 70 years. The primary species include Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Western Fir and Western Larch. Of the total ranch acres, over 22,000 acres are considered timbered which provides long-term asset growth and opportunity to harvest or obtain potential values. Oregons forests are managed for three primary purposes: timber production, multi-resource-including recreation and water and wildlife, and reserves with limited timber harvest that are set aside as parks or wilderness areas or to protect endangered species habitat. The Rudio Mountain Ranch provides a well-balanced approach with all three management purposes.
Water Rights: The Rudio Mountain Ranch has multiple Water Rights Certificates, which are for irrigation and the right to store water of springs and tributaries for livestock and wildfire protection. Copies of the Certificates will be available to qualified buyers.
Location of Subject Property:
The Rudio Mountain Ranch is located in western Grant County, between the North Fork John Day and John Day River drainages, near the riverfront communities of Dayville and Kimberly.
Identification of Subject Property Property Taxes Zoning
|11S 27E||TL 400||14,164.41 acres||$36,524.15||PF|
|11S 28E||TL 1300||60 acres||$136.79||MUR|
|TL 1900||6751.70 acres||$16,359.95||MUR and PF|
|TL 2500||113.82 acres||$314.26||PF|
|TL 2900||40 acres||$199.99||PF|
|TL 1102||120 acres||$288.02||PF|
|TL 1104||80 acres||$205.97||PF|
|TL 1106||40 acres||$105.29||PF|
|TL 1200||20 acres||$48.07||MUR|
|12S 27E||TL 100||200.69 acres||$502.80||PF|
|TL 600||80 acres||$199.99||PF|
|TL 800||324.38 acres||$722.95||PF and MUR|
|12S 28E||TL 500||481 acres||$516.64||PF|
|TL 600||120.89 acres||$299.87||PF|
|TL 700||481.62 acres||$779.72||PF|
|TL 900||186.28 acres||$466.80||PF|
|TL 1200||93.66 acres||$246.72||PF|
|TL 400||480 acres||$748.08||PF|
|TL 1600||320 acres||$697.85||PF|
|11S 27E||14,164.41 acres||$59,413.91|
|11S 28E||7,245.52 acres|
|12S S7E||605.07 acres|
|12S 28E||2,163.45 acres|
Distances to Other Cities:
Dayville, OR- 14 miles
John Day, OR 47 miles
Pendleton, OR – 155 miles
Boise, ID – 235 miles
Portland, OR – 259 miles
Seattle, WA – 393 miles
No real improvements exist other than base camp for The Hunters Rendezvous Outfitter, located near McGarr Meadows located in the southwest portion of the ranch. It is the intention of outfitter to remove the buildings prior to the close of escrow. There are excellent locations for development of a hunting lodge, retreats or various improvements throughout the ranch.
Zoning: The land has a combination of zoning consisting of Primary Forest (PF) and Multiple Use Range (MUR). PF is described as 80/240 80 acres is minimum parcel size for forest uses. 240 acres to place a large tract test dwelling. MUR is described as 160/320. 160 acres minimum parcel size for farm or forest uses. 320 acres to place a farm dwelling.
Mineral Rights: Any mineral or geothermal rights owned by the seller are included as part of the property being offered for sale.
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.
All of the information within this sales package has been gathered from State, County and City records and officials as well as others who are deemed reliable; however, the broker and agents can not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information herein contained. It is also subject to change, prior sale or withdrawal.
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