Located in a beautiful mountain valley just Southeast of the historic gold mining town of Sumpter and only minutes from Baker City, at the foot of Oregon’s dramatic Elkhorn Mountains lies Sumpter Valley Elkhorn View Ranch. This scenic ranch, with its lush irrigated and native meadows, upland, and timbered pastures provides excellent wildlife habitat, as well as agricultural opportunities through cattle grazing and timber production. This historic ranch has been in the same family for 5 generations!
Joining the National Forest, Sumpter Valley Elkhorn View Ranch is within the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s (ODFW) Sumpter Game Management Unit #51, an area home to thousands of Rocky Mountain elk. Additional area wildlife includes mule deer, antelope, bear, ducks, geese, and turkey, all affording excellent hunting opportunities. Hunting has been prohibited on this ranch for the past 25 years, encouraging resident wildlife populations.
Sumpter Valley Elkhorn View Ranch offers seclusion, beauty, and privacy, yet is not remote. This ranch works as either your recreational headquarters or you could make it your year-round residence!
The ranch’s natural beauty has been enhanced by meticulous management for seasonal cattle grazing and timber production, with special attention to maintaining a healthy stand of timber, striving for optimum stand density and maximum growth. Ownership has worked extensively with a timber manager for the past 20± years, adhering to a stewardship management plan, realizing approximately $60,000/year. In net timber revenues, ever careful to log in a season-best suited to minimal property impact, paying attention to cleaning up residual slash piles and reseeding where necessary. While a timber cruise is not in-hand, based on the owner’s timber manager’s advice, the owner believes there to be approximately 7,000-8,000 MBF of harvestable timber on the property. The ranch is well-fenced, allowing for livestock utilization. While the owner believes the property carrying capacity can be increased, the ranch has been grazed annually, through a grazing lease to an area cattleman, by 70± cow/calf pairs for the Spring/Summer/Fall grazing season, utilizing approximately 350± AUMs. Presently, approximately 60± acres are being flood irrigated from the Hawley Ditch, which transects the Southern portion of the ranch, just north of Hwy. 7. In addition to the irrigated acreage, the ranch’s native meadows and timbered uplands also contribute to the ranch’s grazing capacity.