A true slice of heaven, Fishhole Creek Ranch is a beautiful and historic piece of property located in Oregon's southeastern corner. The ranch consists of a total of 15,300+/- acres; 3,598 acres deeded lands and the remaining acreage on a long-standing, adjacent U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment permit. There are water rights on creeks and springs on the ranch and on abundant stored water in multiple reservoirs on neighboring USFS land. The property has ample free irrigation water to provide exceptional grazing from April to November with rich feed for 800 pair of cows/calves. Included is the Aspen Ridge Resort, a 7,000 square-foot log lodge and five 1,250 square-foot log cabins, and a historic homestead featuring a two-bedroom log cabin, multiple barns and out-buildings, corral, and pastures. The homestead offers an ideal place for a ranch hand to live.

Fishhole Creek Ranch is the full package – a reputation 800 head cattle operation combined with an upscale ‘off-grid’ handcrafted log lodge and cabin complex. In addition, the ranch has outdoor recreation including fishing and hunting, valuable reservoir storage water rights, and unrivaled tranquility. Exceptionally maintained and improved, the ranch has operated for more than 150 years - the last forty by one family.

Broker(s): Robb Van Pelt

Aspen Ridge Resort is a unique place for forty guests. The remote location offers privacy, freedom from urban distractions, and a variety of recreational activities.

The prime grasslands of Fishhole Valley have provided a living for many families over the centuries. The remains of tepee rings and scattered arrowheads show that the meadows were once the hunting grounds of Native Americans. Frames of old barns and houses from the homestead community of Vistillas stand as reminders of the past. As the ranch changed hands over the years, each new owner made a contribution. Fishhole Creek Ranch is a collage of hard work and love.

LOCATION

Aspen Ridge Resort is located in both Klamath and Lake Counties, about 18 miles southeast of Bly, Oregon off of Highway 140. Year-round access is provided by Fishhole Creek Road (#3790) one mile east of Bly. The resort is also accessed by Forest Service Road #3715 (at the summit of Quartz Mountain on Highway 140) until the road is closed by snow.

ACREAGE & DESCRIPTION

Situated in both Klamath and Lake Counties, the ranch boasts 15,300+/- total acres. 3,598 acres are deeded; the balance is a long-standing, adjacent U.S. Forest Service grazing permit. The ranch consists of high mountain meadows, lakes, and streams surrounded by aspen and pine forest and offers exceptional rangeland. The deeded acreage is a diverse mix of timber land, upland grazing, sub-irrigated and irrigated lands, lakes, and the Aspen Ridge Resort complex.

OPERATIONS

Operations consist of a unique blend of ranching and lodging/recreation. Fishhole Creek Ranch conducts the ranching activities and Aspen Ridge Resort blends in the lodging and recreational activities.

Cattle Operation:
Fishhole Creek Ranch is a historic Oregon high mountain cattle ranch with quality feed producing big gains. Due to the high elevation, the grazing season generally runs from May to November. Consistent with other ranches in the area, the cattle are shipped to California for the winter months, utilizing California's native range in the opposite season. Cattle are on green feed year-round. California’s fall rains generally push grass until spring when the north wind and heat dry up the feed. Southern Oregon ranches move thousands of cattle to northern California in the fall and receive the cattle back come spring. Fishhole Creek Ranch will run 800 summer/fall calving cows.

Resort Operation:
Ideally suited as a private lodge retreat for family, friends and clients, Aspen Ridge Resort offers an off-grid modern log lodging complex. Rustic elegance marks the accommodations in the log cabins, lodge rooms, and suites. Overlooking a meadow where cattle graze, each 1,200 square foot cabin sleeps six. The rooms in the lodge are perfect for fewer guests or short stays. Currently, the operation offers lodging and meals to guests who can participate in ranch activities at their leisure or, if riding a horse is not the first choice, enjoy other recreational activities. Aspen Ridge has also hosted a number of weddings and meetings; the venue as a destination resort could be enhanced as desired.

Nature's playground begins right outside the door at Aspen Ridge Resort. Surrounded by the Fremont National Forest, this working cattle ranch offers horseback riding, fishing in the area's many lakes, hiking, tennis, swimming, and mountain biking. In the winter months, guests can strap on cross-country skis or hop on a snowmobile. If relaxation is the goal, simply slow down and enjoy the view. Aspen Ridge Resort has a sport for everyone.

WATER RIGHTS

The property consists of 686+/- acres of primary irrigation water rights. With rights on stored water in reservoirs on neighboring U.S. Forest Service land, the property has secure gravity-flow irrigation making it an exceptional summer home with rich feed for 800 pair of cows/calves.

HUNTING & RECREATION

Fishhole Creek Ranch has a plethora of wildlife including elk, antelope, mule deer, duck and geese, eagles and coyotes.. The property receives four landowner preference tags each year on Mule deer. The owner, having taken enough for his lifetime, has donated the tags to "Hunt of a Lifetime", a non-profit that offers hunts to people under 21 years old with life threatening illnesses. With lodging also available, comfortable accommodations for kids and their families have been provided along with the hunt. A new owner may use these tags in whatever way he chooses.

Opportunities for viewing wildlife, fishing in multiple lakes and streams, hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and playing tennis make this property a recreational mecca.

The ranch is surrounded by the Fremont-Winema National Forest which also offers a wide array of activities. Fishing, hunting, backpacking, hiking, camping, boating, and leisure driving opportunities abound. In the winter, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing are popular activities.

The Fremont-Winema National Forest’s diverse habitats also support a variety of species, making wildlife viewing a unique recreation experience. Big game, such as mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, and pronghorn antelope roam the forests and grasslands. Several varieties of trout inhabit lakes and streams; large mouth bass and other warm water fish populate lower-elevation lakes. In the spring and fall, migrating geese, ducks, and swans are in abundance. Large predators (black bears, mountain lions, and bobcats) also live in the forests.

IMPROVEMENTS

Despite the remote location of the property, a 7,000 square-foot log lodge and five 1,250 square-foot cabins (currently operating as the uniquely beautiful Aspen Ridge Resort) allow for sophisticated living conditions and could be used as a private family or group retreat. The resort complex has a licensed commercial kitchen, tennis court, and lodging accommodations that include a total of 15 bedrooms plus lofts with a ‘pillow count’ of 42. Fully self-contained, the lodge and cabins use a state-of-the-art hydro generator power system, lateral well, and domestic-use water cistern.

Set just through the valley from the lodge, a historic homestead featuring a two-bedroom log cabin, multiple barns and out-buildings, corral, and pastures makes an ideal home for a ranch hand.

SUMMARY

Fishhole Creek Ranch is the full package. It combines a top-notch, sustainable cattle operation, valuable reservoir storage water rights, an ‘off-grid’ handcrafted log lodge and cabin resort operation, outdoor recreation including fishing and hunting, and unrivaled tranquility. Exceptionally maintained, improved, and run for more than 150 years, the last 40 by one family. Fishhole Creek Ranch and Aspen Ridge Resort is the kind of place that feeds the soul.

Co-listed with Jake Polvi 541-410-3050, [email protected]