Spring Creek Ranch

Location: Fall River Valley, California

List Price: $9.5 Million – SOLD

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Historically known as the Old Ivy Horr Ranch, the 1,346 ± acre Spring Creek Ranch controls one of the two major headwaters of renowned Fall River with unique private fishing water in a classic spring creek fishery, yielding rainbows averaging 3-6 pounds.  The ranch also fronts a second trophy trout spring creek with portions resembling a free-stone river, as well as frontage on world-renowned Fall River itself. For the hunter or for wildlife viewing, he ranch attracts thousands of migratory waterfowl including ducks, geese, pelicans, egrets, herons and swans amidst the lush meadows and riparian wetland habitat.  Other bird species include Osprey, Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Peregrine Falcons, Quail, Dove, Pheasant, Turkey and Grouse. Closed to hunting for years, Spring Creek Ranch is a true wildlife sanctuary nestled amidst forests, vast riparian corridors, and expansive meadow lands with stunning views north to Mt. Shasta.

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LOCATION: Spring Creek Ranch is located in the north end of the Fall River Valley, in northeastern Shasta County, 10 miles from the small ranching community of Fall River Mills. Fall River Mills has a jet-capable County Airport (089), and commercial air service can be found in Redding (RDD) about 1.5 hours from the Ranch.

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LOCALE: The Fall River Valley is known for its scenic beauty, world famous fly fisher’s destination, and dense numbers of waterfowl, all framed by the majestic 14,000 foot Mt. Shasta dominating the western skyline. The magic of Fall River Valley is found in the unparalleled water features. Emanating from large underground lava tubes from Mt. Shasta, numerous immense springs well-up crystal clear from the ground creating some of the largest spring creeks and rivers in the Country.  In addition to the fishing found in these streams, the area attracts both birders and hunters for the upland birds, and waterfowl that migrate through the area.

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Access is via Highway 299 from Interstate 5 in Redding. The town of Fall River Mills California is located between two mountains; Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen. The legendary Valley is home to a small town with 18 hole golf course that provides recreation along with its reputation as the home for California’s wild rice industry. The entire Fall River winds for 16 miles mostly through private agricultural land with some access points open to the fishing public. Agricultural crops include wild rice, alfalfa, lavender, strawberries, and mint. From old-fashioned family diners to trendy cheese and wine stores, the town has a small town appeal with something for all.

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            Level Irrigated Pasture:             193 +/- acres.

Meadow:                                  289 +/- acres.

Rangeland and misc.:                864 +/- acres.

Total Deeded Acreage:                      1,346 +/- acres.

FISHING AND WILDLIFE:   Spring Creek Ranch abounds with fresh water and wildlife. Crystal clear Spring Creek originates and flows for nearly its entirety within the boundaries of the Ranch before it spills into the Fall River. Most importantly, and unlike most of Fall River, fishing is private to the ranch and its guests. The Ranch also fronts a section of the Fall River, just downstream from the confluence. In addition to the above rivers, the Ranch also has a large portion of Lava Creek within its boundaries, known for its superb dry fly fishing. Lastly, the Ranch boasts two large bass ponds for a well-balanced fishing experience.

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With Spring Creek Ranch in private ownership for decades, and with light pressure and controlled access to Spring Creek, the water is prolific with wild rainbow trout averaging 3-4 pounds and not uncommon to land a 5-6 pound fish. The famous Fall River is well known for its large Hexagenia mayfly hatch and wild rainbows. Lava Creek enjoys an unusual variation of freestone-type fishery in its upper reaches, and then flows into the typical crystal-clear spring creek water, with access by only a handful of adjoining owners. With the typical stream fishing season in California closing from November 15 through the last Saturday in April, the large pond, teaming with trophy bass, can keep the serious fisherman active all year long.

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An upland and waterfowl hunter’s paradise, the Ranch is located in the Pacific Flyway and is utilized by migratory waterfowl that use the lush habitat on the ranch for a stopping place during their migration between Canada, and Southern California and Mexico. The Audubon Society completes an annual bird count on the ranch, and it is not unusual for 100 different species to be recorded. Other wildlife which can be seen on the Ranch includes mule deer (Zone X-1), bobcat, mountain lion, and black bear. Not hunted for years, Spring Creek Ranch has produced astounding numbers of waterfowl, though the property is not an established sanctuary.

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CLIMATE AND TOPOGRAPHY: The weather can be bitterly cold in the winter but it is very pleasant in the spring, summer, and early fall, with very warm days and crisp cool nights.

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Rec High °F66788190101105109110107988268
Norm High °F475257647381898983715446
Norm Low °F222529323844474438312622
Rec Low °F-11-88171827273022107-20
Precip (in)2.962.892.821.441.360.730.210.360.791.342.332.55
Source: Weather.com [1]

Fall River Mills is nestled between the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Mountain ranges in the far Northeast corner of Shasta County, California. The town is surrounded by mountains in all four cardinal directions with Mt Shasta and Mt Lassen visible from anywhere in the Valley. Elevation varies only slightly throughout the valley floor, ranging from 3,200 to 3,400 feet (1,000 m). The surrounding passes all vary from 3,600 to 4,200+ feet.

IMPROVEMENTS: The Ranch includes three residences and several barns, shops, and outbuildings. The Owner’s cabin, located on the banks of Spring Creek, is a comfortable three bedroom, two bath cabin with full kitchen, living room and covered porch over-looking the Ranch. The Foreman’s House is a three bedroom, two and a half bath house with large covered parking area at the Ranch’s main compound, and near the large bass pond. The Ranch Hand’s House is a three bedroom one bath house with its own storage shed and garage. All residences have power and phone. Other improvements include shop, hay barns, Granary, livestock shelter and scale house, numerous storage sheds, irrigation pumps, fencing and gates.

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WATER RIGHTS: The Ranch holds water rights from Spring Creek, Lava Creek and the Fall River as reserved in an Indenture between a previous owner and Pacific Gas and Electric Company; The right to pump water for domestic and irrigation purposes, provided that not more than three acre feet of water shall be used per year on each acre, and not more than one acre foot of water during any thirty day period. The Ranch also has a partial water right to Vineyard Spring to withdraw water for irrigation for three weeks per month. The rights to the fourth week have been assigned to a neighboring property. A previous long-time manager of the Ranch says that the above allowance has historically been more than enough to irrigate the Ranch without compromising the owner’s private fishing.

AGRICULTURAL USE:  For the past two years, the Ranch has been used as a private retreat and farmed meadow hay in the irrigated fields. Prior to this time, it was leased to a cattle rancher running a USDA Certified Organic operation. Historically, the ranch had carried 250 mother cows and produced around 700-800 tons of hay. The area requires 1 to 2 tons of hay to winter a cow, so there may be an excess of 200 tons of hay for sale. Total carrying capacity by the Historical Approach is 3,500 A.U.M.s or 292 A.U.


PARCELS AND ZONING:  Spring Creek Ranch is comprised of 12 different Assessor’s Parcel Numbers and four different zoning designations in Shasta County. Approximately 840 acres are Exclusive Agricultural/Agricultural Preserve, 160 acres in Timberland, and 346 acres in Limited Residential. It has been reported that there are 13 existing legal parcels on the ranch, which the owner is in the process of investigating. Please contact us for more detailed information.


BROKERS COMMENTS:  Spring Creek Ranch is one of the two most revered ranches in a Valley renown for its beauty and fishing. For once it is not an exaggeration to say this is a true “once-in-a-life-time” opportunity. A ranch where the most experienced fly-fisherman can be challenged in the gin-clear private waters of Spring Creek, while a novice fisherman can fine-tune his skills on one of the many other waters on the Ranch. Wildlife is second to none, with incredible potential for upland bird, waterfowl, and big game hunting, and yet you are only a few minutes from restaurants, golf, and an airport for easy ingress and egress.

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PRICE: $12 million. Reduced to $9.5 million!


For further information, please contact:

Terry Hundemer, Broker

The Chickering Company, BRE#01100594

Phone: 530-265-5774

Cell: 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.