In the Nez Perce language, the word 'Powwaka' has been translated as 'high, cleared ground, from where a view could be had'. There is no better way to describe the Shilo Ranch in northeastern Oregon. Located on Powwatka Ridge in the Blue Mountains, about an hour north of Wallowa, Oregon lies 9,457 acres of pristine ranch land, stretching almost 10 miles from north to south. Consisting of approximately 4,800 acres of timber, 650 acres of meadows, and 4,000 acres of canyon lands, nearly two miles of Grande Ronde River frontage, the Shilo Ranch truly does have it all.
Over four decades of intensive, thoughtful land management with a focus on wildlife, water, grassland, and timber health have resulted in what can best be described as a private nature preserve. Manicured forests and lush, expansive meadows cover the upper portion of the ranch, blanked by steep canyons and timber lined draws to the river and creeks below. A well maintained road network provides access to all parts of the ranch.
Wildlife management has been a priority and the abundance of game provides proof of the countless time and effort spent to create this wildlife haven. An estimated 600-800 Rocky Mountain Elk make their home on the Shilo Ranch and neighboring public lands. The fall 'rut' with trophy class big game is a spectacle you must see, and hear, to believe. In addition to the elk herd, mule deer, whitetail deer, black bear, cougar, turkey, grouse, quail, and more can all be found. The ranch is located in the Sled Springs unit and qualifies for 5 landowner preference tag applications each for elk and deer.
Water is king in the west and the Shilo Ranch is blessed with an abundance of it. The ranch has almost 6 1/2 miles of live water; approximately 1 2/3 miles of Grande Ronde River frontage; almost 3 miles of Mud Creek; 1 1/4 miles of Wildcat Creek; and 3/4 mile of Buck Creek. The Grande Ronde River is the northern border for most of the ranch and is home to a well known fishery for trout, bass, salmon, and more. Numerous springs and ponds are located throughout the ranch, providing reliable year round sources for both wildlife and cattle.
Numerous improvements are located throughout the ranch. Lodging includes an owner's home, two large duplex style guest cabins, managers home, ranch hand home, and guest duplex. Combined, the homes contain 19 total bedrooms to provide plenty of room for family, friends, and employees. Other structures include: shop building, horse barn, 2 equipment sheds, 4 hay barns, historic livestock barn, working corrals, several homestead structures, as well as a game processing building and smokehouse. The highlight of the improvements is the 2,950' paved runway, complete with two aircraft hangars.
Breathtaking scenery, abundant water, trophy class wildlife, and quality improvements perfectly complement each other to create a genuine legacy ranch property. The Shilo Ranch is an extraordinary offering that is truly 'one of a kind'. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the jewels of the American west!
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