Old Feather River Fish Hatchery

Location: Mohawk Valley, California

List Price: $950,000 – SOLD


This Ranch contains a rare combination of forest, meadows, live-water, and mountain views in a private alpine setting that many dream about. Selected by the Department of Fish and Game as site for the Feather River Fish Hatchery in the 1920’s, a few of the old buildings remain providing a buyer the opportunity to remodel the old hatchery compound and/or build his/her dream mountain estate on 83 +/- pristine acres nestled against the Eastern slope of the Northern Sierras.

LOCATION: Located in scenic Mohawk Valley just outside the summer resort community of Graeagle north of Truckee, the Guidici Ranch is but a 45 minute drive from I-80 at Truckee, one hour from Lake Tahoe and Reno, and 2.5 hours from Sacramento.

LOCALE: Historically known for its logging and lumber mills, the Mohawk Valley and the greater Graeagle area is now a summer resort destination due to its mild summer temperatures and wide selection of outdoor activities. With five golf courses within 1/2 hour (Whitehawk Golf Resort is next door), fly fishing in many of the area streams and lakes, and endless hiking trails in the spectacular Lakes Basin area above, this alpine setting has quietly become both a golf mecca and a backpackers’ dream.

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Adjoining National Forest lands, the Old Feather River Fish Hatchey overlooks the southern flank of Mohawk Valley where lush mountain meadows meet the High Sierra conifer forests. Rushing spring-fed streams that pour out of the mountains above the ranch meander through the ranch’s forests and wildflower-filled meadows offering a tranquil setting for hiking, horseback riding, and small-stream fishing. The 83 acres is a short bike ride south of quaint Graeagle with it shops, restaurants, and booming summer activities.

Access to the ranch is via a Forest Service Road from State Highway 89, which is the main artery from South Lake Tahoe to Mt. Lassen in the North.  Upon arriving at the ranch you will find the remnants of the old Feather River Fish Hatchery, including a large hatchery building, three small cabins, and other remnants of days gone by. Most of the buildings were in the process of being remodeled by the previous owner when the real estate market turned south and the current owners had to take the property back in foreclosure. The old fish hatchery building was much like an old barn with open beam ceilings built of rough-cut full dimension lumber. Much of the old building has been stripped down and a portion of new foundation has been installed, but a good portion of the building remains.

The main two bedroom cabin is served by electricity and telephone. The water system is still in place from the fish hatchery days, which is diverted from a creek on the adjoining land and piped to the improvements on the Ranch. Though the previous owner used this water domestically without filtration, we would suggest a new owner install a filtration system or drill a new well for domestic use.

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One of the creeks that flows through the ranch was picked to be restored by the Feather River Watershed Restoration Committee to help slow erosion and improve aquatic and riparian habitat. A “pond and plug” type of stream reconstruction was used, making a number of ponds to help slow the water flow during heavy snow-melt runoff. The Feather River Restoration Committee also believes that this restoration will help improve the trout fishery on the Ranch.

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Plumas County Assessor’s Numbers are 133-130-09 & 133-130-93. Zoning is a combination of General Agriculture (GA MH) and Rural (R-20 MH). Zoning map and regulations are also available upon request.

PRICE: $950,000.

BROKER’S COMMENT: This is a very rare opportunity to own one of the last large parcels in greater Graeagle/Mohawk Valley. There’s plenty of room to build your new lodge home with views and privacy incomparable to any other property to come on the market there in many years. A visit to this ranch in person, and a walk through the pristine meadows and forests, will reconnect you to the best of the Old West.

For private showing, call Terry Hundemer at 530-265-5774 or 530-913-8095.

NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change orwithdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications,potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have beenprovided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee.