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Price $ 2,900,000.00
The Tripalong Ranch is a secluded rustic and contemporary ranch style home that sits high on a bluff overlooking the Grande Ronde River Canyon. A completely off-grid, self-sufficient, 5,386± square-foot home was built on a canyon rim to overlook the bulk of the property. Of the 861± acres, the ranch has 3± miles of deeded river frontage and is bordered to the east and west by the Wenaha Wildlife Area. The property is located within the unique topography of Wallowa County.
The Tripalong Ranch sits 8 miles west of Troy, on Eden Lane, overlooking the Grande Ronde River.
Property access is from Eden Lane, which is a gravel county road. Eden Lane connects with Troy Road. Troy Road is merged from Wallupa and Promise Roads that connect with Highway 82 near Wallowa. Eden Lane is also accessed from the middle of the small town of Troy, which is typically approached from WA-129 or Redmond Grade.
Since its creation in 1944, the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport has been instrumental in the growth and prosperity of the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. The asphalt runway length is 6,511 feet. Two airlines serve the Lewis Clark Valley at Lewiston, Idaho (LWS): Delta Connection carrier SkyWest and Horizon Air. Each offers daily flights in and out of the area. Direct flights from Salt Lake City (SLC), Boise (BOI) and Seattle (SEA) connect you to and from Lewiston, Idaho, to anywhere in the world. There is an experienced staff on hand along with charters that can fly fixed-wing and helicopters into the backcountry.
Distances to Other Cities:
Troy, OR – 8 Miles
861± Acres 40± Acres of landlocked BLM 3± Miles of River Frontage The property consists of 861± acres of mostly rangeland with exceptional views throughout the property. 3± miles of river frontage with four-wheeler access down both sides of the property provide access for great recreational opportunities. In the middle of the property there is a 40± acre BLM allotment that is landlocked.
The home sits at roughly 3,100 feet above sea level, while the Grande Ronde River lies roughly at 1,400 feet above sea level.
The house was built in 2009 and is a custom 5,386± square-foot home.
The home’s amenities include:
Telephone and DSL Internet service is transmitted via radio frequency from a site 12 miles across the canyon. Television is provided via Dish Network satellite. Cell phone reception is available throughout the home using Wi-Fi.
100% of the flooring is constructed with various decorative stamped concretes. These serve as a significant heat sink on cold days and provide cooling on hot days. In the summer, heat is pumped from the interior peak of the home into cinder block channels beneath the floors which cool the air and returns the home to the mid 70’s, even on the hottest days.
The house has a dedicated “fire hydrant line” that feeds directly from four 1,700-gallon tanks. Water spigots are strategically located around the home. The tanks are filled from a surface spring using a solarpowered pump.
Apartment (above garage):
Power is provided by three solar arrays backed up by two 25KW generators.
Water is supplied by gravity feed from four 1,700 gallon tanks, buried upslope from the home. This water is also used for fire suppression.
Under Oregon law, all water is publicly owned. With some exceptions, cities, farmers, factory owners and other users must obtain a permit or water right from the Water Resources Department to use water from any source— whether it is underground, or from lakes or streams. Landowners with water flowing past, through, or under their property do not automatically have the right to use that water without a permit from the Department. “Prior-appropriation” doctrine or first in time, first in right, is what the State goes by when administering water.
Fishing & the Grande Ronde River:
The property offers 3± miles of river frontage and according to Seller provides some of the best steelhead fishing in the country. ATV trails down both sides of the property provide access to the river. The nearest river access upstream is approximately 27 miles away which alleviates fishing pressure from other fishermen. During the year The Grande Ronde River supports populations of spring chinook salmon, summer steelhead, bull trout, as well as other species. Fall steelhead fishing begins September 1st and runs through early spring ending April 30th. During the early season, dry fly fishing is the preferred technique for obtaining the large catches. Year-round fishing is available for trout and bass. The Grande Ronde River falls within the Columbia River Basin. (Additional rules or exceptions may apply, please refer to the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations book for more information or call the local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Enterprise Oregon at 541-426-3297).
The Grande Ronde is a French name meaning “great round”. The Grande Ronde River known locally as “the Ronde”, starts in the Blue Mountains near the Anthony Lakes recreation area in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. It flows generally north along the east side of the Blue Mountains, then east, past La Grande, Then generally northeast through the Grande Ronde Valley in a meandering course between the Blue Mountains and the Wallowa Mountains.
Recreation & Wildlife:
A note from the owners regarding the wildlife and recreational aspects on the property: “The Grande Ronde River steelhead fishing is legendary. During the prime early part of the season nothing beats fishing the several river miles below our home. The bull trout fishery is also exceptional, and the smallmouth bass fishing downstream from Troy is unbeatable. In addition to the fishing, there is a fantastic swimming hole at the west end of the property that is a favorite family spot in August.
Tripalong Ranch is truly a zoo without cages. Our family is a family of ‘birders’, and we’ve counted 55 different species of birds within a hundred yards of our home. For the outdoor enthusiast we have countless deer and elk (both of whom calve on predictable schedules on the property in the Spring), bighorn sheep, black bear, cougar, bobcat, coyote and the occasional wolf. As for game birds, chukar partridge, blue grouse, roughed grouse, mourning doves and valley quail are abundant. We have at least one resident covey of Hungarian partridge. In the summer, we’ve had 50+ hummingbirds at our feeders at once.” –Nat & Lisa Rich
Located in the Wenaha Unit, controlled deer and elk hunts occurring on landowner’s registered property are eligible for the landowner preference program. Since the property is 861± acres, the owner is eligible to apply for 2 LOP tags. Black bears are abundant on the property for a spring or fall bear hunt.
(Additional rules may apply, as the property is within a limited hunting unit-see the ODFW Big Game Hunting Regulations book or call the local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Enterprise, Oregon, at 541-426-3297.)
On the property the upland game bird habitat has been specifically managed with an emphasis for chukars. The steep hillsides and rocky slopes inherently provide a great habitat and cover for the chukar population as well as grouse, turkeys, doves, quail and Hungarian partridge. According to the owner there are healthy populations of these birds and hunting has been very successful in the past.
There is no current fencing that borders and actually defines the property line around the whole perimeter.
The owners have leased the rangeland and the tenant ran approximately 100cow/calf pair for a one-month grazing period during the spring and fall. Based on information provided from the Natural Resources conservation services and the web soil survey, 440± acres of range ground will provide the ranch with a stocking rate of .43 AUMs/ acre.
T/G: Timber Grazing ARTICLE 16 SECTION 16.010, PURPOSE: The purpose of the Timber Grazing Zone is to provide areas for commercial farm and forest activities and permit the establishment of only those new uses which are compatible with agricultural and forest activities. The intention of the Timber Grazing Zone is to guarantee the preservation of the areas so classified for farm and forest use free from conflicting non-farm, non-forest use.
2017 taxes are $5,118.33
The owner does not warrant that there are any mineral rights available. However, any mineral or geothermal rights owned by the seller are included as part of the property offered for sale.
The Troy School District offers education from kindergarten through 8th grade (K-8). “Although services are limited in Troy, the Troy School is a tremendous resource. We strongly endorse this oneroom schoolhouse for children K-8. In our time here, we’ve ranged from 2-7 students at any one time, which provides fantastic one-on-one self-paced learning for a child. It truly is “home schooling by a professional.” -Nat & Lisa Rich, Home Owners
Other Recreation Nearby:
Wallowa County and Lewis Clark Valley have some opportunities to explore, shop, eat, drink and truly enjoy some of the world’s best-hidden gems.
Explore Eagle Cap Wilderness, which has over 50 glacial lakes a mountain range, and wildflower-filled meadows, this area is nicknamed the “Little Alps.” You can hike the Chief Joseph Trail from Wallowa Lake to gawk at a waterfall a little more than a mile in.
At Wallowa Lake State Park enjoy fishing the stocked lake with kokanee and rainbow trout or rent a kayak, paddleboard, or motorboat all throughout the day to enjoy endless family fun. Other fun things to do at the lake are miniature putting golf courses, bumper boats, go-karts, horseback riding; hiking trails, visiting the historic lodge.
The route of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is a loop that encircles the Wallowa Mountains, intersecting with Interstate 84 at La Grande and Baker City. Small towns, scattered along the drive, offer visitor services. The entire route is on a paved highway. Plan ahead—you’ll find stretches of more than 80 miles without gas and with few services. A segment of the Byway between Joseph and Halfway closes with snow in the winter. See Hellscanyonbyway.com for full article. Zumwalt Prairie is a grassland area located in Wallowa County in northeast Oregon, United States. Measuring 330,000 acres, much of the land is used for agriculture, with some portions protected as the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy. Part of that portion is designated as a National Landmark. The high-altitude prairie is along the west edge of Hells Canyon on the Oregon-Idaho border. See full article at Wikipedia.org/wiki/Zumwalt Prairie.
Wallowa Lake Tramway is located at the Matterhorn Village near Wallowa Lake. The gondola opened in 1970 providing vertical ascent to the summit of Mt. Howard. See Wallowalaketramway.com for more information.
Wallowa County History:
Wallowa County’s 2010 census revealed a population of 7,008 making it Oregon’s fourth-least populous county. According to Oregon Geographic Names, the origins of the county’s name are uncertain, but possibly stem the Nez Perce words for a structure of stakes (a weir) used in fishing. Another explanation is that Wallowa comes from a Nez Perce word for “winding water.” The Wallowa River is referred to as Wil-le-wah in the Lewis and Clark Expedition journals.
The first white settlers crossed the mountains in 1871 possibly looking for livestock feed in the Wallowa Valley. The county was derived from an eastern portion of Union County on February 11, 1887. The younger Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce refused to relocate to a reservation in north central Idaho when several U.S. Army troops were sent to force the move in 1877. He was outraged at the government’s attempt to keep him people from their Wallowa Valley home. Several battles and a march toward Canada preceded the chief’s forced-surrender in eastern Montana, 40 miles short of the border. Another blemish on county history occurred in May 1887 when a gang of rustlers massacred 10-34 Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon. Only of the seven suspected in the incident faced trial; a jury, on September 1, 1888, determined they were not guilty. In 2005, a five-acre-site was named Chinese Massacre Cove. Wallowa Lake is a natural glacial formation held on three sides by prominent moraines. A microclimate, slightly different from adjacent areas, provides a comfortable escape during summer months.
Additional information and demographics can be found at Wikipedia.org/wiki/History of WallowaCounty
Christopher D. Stuvland, Broker
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