Oasis Springs Lodge
Location: Tehama County, California
List Price: $1,950,000 – SOLD
The Oasis Springs Lodge overlooks a private, crystal clear trout stream on the lower flanks of Mount Lassen. The property is a recreation paradise that encompasses over 1,100 acres of near-pristine range land and meadows with access to six miles of the beautiful South Fork of Battle Creek.
While setup in the past as a premier fly-fishing resort with guests enjoying some of the least known and most productive trout streams in California, the Lodge is currently being used as a retreat for family and friends.
The grounds include a lodge with 10 guest rooms, dining room, commercial kitchen, and fly shop, plus a swimming pool, trapshooting range, and tennis court. There are great opportunities for hiking, hunting, birdwatching, inner tubing, and relaxing on the expansive deck.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Lodge and its 1,141 acres are surrounded by some of the richest wildlife habitat in the Western States. The area is known historically as where Ishi and the Yahi Native Americans lived. Thousands of ice cold springs that flow through old lava tubes from Mt Lassen are scattered throughout the area. The early Native Americans hunted the wild game that followed these water sources throughout the region.
The South Fork of Battle Creek, which is partially fed by many of these springs and carves a beautiful canyon through the terrain, provides quality trout fishing and riparian habitat for birds, deer, and other creatures. In the early 1900s, before the introduction of hydropower, Battle Creek was known to support Steelhead Trout, and all four runs of Chinook Salmon (Spring, Fall, Late Fall and Winter). The Bureau of Reclamation and Department of Fish and Game, in cooperation with PG&E, have proposed a stream restoration project to bring back the salmon and steelhead fisheries. PG&E currently operates hydroelectric power facilities in the area. More detailed information can be found at: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/battlecreek/index.html.
Situated on a bench in the canyon overlooking Battle Creek, the lodge is ideally located in the midst of some of the best fly-fishing in the California and richest wildlife habitat.
IMPROVEMENTS: Constructed in 1991, the well-appointed lodge includes nearly 5,000 square feet of living space to suit the most discriminating guests. One of the most striking features is the expansive deck, the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon reading or dozing. The large dinning room and adjoining commercial kitchen are ideal for socializing in the evenings.
Surrounded by trees and landscaped paths, the lodge was built to accommodate up to 22 guests, though it could be downsized or reconfigured to meet the needs of a private club and/or family and guest headquarters.
The ten guest rooms include four deluxe quarters, two garden suites with wood burning fireplaces, and four creek front suites with wood burning fireplaces. All rooms have televisions and luxury bath amenities. There is also a separate manager’s cottage nearby.
The fly-shop on site was endorsed by Orvis and can supply guests with all of their fishing gear and flies. Any remaining inventory will be subject to separate treaty.
To provide additional activities for guests, there is a swimming pool, spa, lighted tennis court, and a trapshooting range.
WATER: Domestic and irrigation water comes from natural springs on the hillside above the lodge. Five 2,500 gallon tanks are filled from the springs, then the water is gravity fed through an Ultraviolet filtration system.
WILDLIFE & RECREATION: The river is home to a healthy, thriving ecosystem with rainbow trout, frogs, turtles, water snakes, fresh-water mussels and aquatic insect life. Over the years, the fly-fish only, catch-and-release policy has maintained the natural balance of the ecosystem and helped preserve it for future generations.
One of the State’s largest migratory deer herds travels through the area from Mount Lassen to the Ishi Wilderness. Other wildlife includes bear, mountain lion, eagles, hawks, quail, dove, and wild turkey. A handful of large ranches control public access, so it is on rare occasion that you would see another fisherman on the stream. The steep basalt and volcanic walls of the stream, some reminiscent of fern grottos, provide a safe haven from heat by keeping the waters cooler in the hot summer days. It’s not unusual to find an osprey or a bald eagle enjoying this habitat as well.
The recreation opportunities are outstanding. One can cast from the front lawn into the “Home Pool”, walk a few minutes up stream to “Ishi’s Pool”, or for the more adventurous, you can hike and fish all 6+ miles of pristine fishing stream.
There are a multitude of nature walks over the more than 1,100 acres and the sheltered trapshooting range, swimming pool and tennis court provide something fun for all your guests.
ZONING and ASSESSOR PARCEL NUMBERS (APN): The 145 acres on which the lodge is located, and the adjoining 7.93 acre parcel are zoned UA-B:6969, or Upland Agricultural with a minimum parcel size of 160 acres. The remainder of the property is zoned Upland Agricultural and is under Agricultural Preserve (Williamson Act).
For more detailed information, please call Tehama County Planning Department at 530-527-2200 or visit their website at: http://www.co.tehama.ca.us/.
Tehama County Assessor’s Parcel Numbers include: 011-100-17-1, 011-100-16-1, 011-100-15-1, 011-110-03-1, 011-110-04-1, 011-130-01-1, 011-130-11-1, 011-130-06-1, 011-130-07-1.
BROKER’S COMMENTS: Where can one find a retreat with high-quality fly-fishing, an exceptional wildlife habitat, and wide-ranging guest amenities within a reasonable drive from the San Francisco Bay Area? Whether the new owner decides to reopen and maintain the lodge as a destination fly-fishing resort, set up a private club, and/or use the property for personal and family gatherings, the Oasis Springs Lodge provides true opportunities for all pursuits.
For private showing, call Terry Hundemer at 530-265-5774 or 530-913-8095.
NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications,potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Sale may be subject to court approval.