Whitehawk Meadows Ranch
Location: Plumas County, California
Price For All Parcels – 200+/- Acres $2,090,000
The Whitehawk Meadows Ranch is a truly remarkable 165+- acre Sierra retreat located about an hour from Lake Tahoe. A rare combination of lush meadows, pine forests, creeks, ponds, and views offer excellent opportunities to hike, horseback ride, fish, cross-country ski, and enjoy wildlife on this very private property.
The history of the ranch with its snow and spring-fed streams underscores its value as a part of the Upper Feather River Watershed. While the ranch began as a dairy farm, in the early 1920s, the Department of Fish and Game selected the site for the Feather River Fish Hatchery. Today remnants of a few old hatchery buildings can be found on the property.
A four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom farmhouse and several small cabins are described in more detail below. Utilities are in place on multiple sites on the ranch.
The ranch consists of four parcels that the owner acquired over the years to capture more of this special valley. Parcels can be purchased separately in two smaller configurations depending on the aspirations of the new owners.
The ranch is one of the largest properties in this beautiful valley to become available for purchase in many years. The nearby town of Graeagle is a popular destination to access the great outdoors and is the gateway to the Lakes Basin region with its two dozen alpine lakes.
The Mohawk Valley and the greater Graeagle area grew up during the Gold Rush. They were later known for a thriving timber business. Today, the area is a popular summer and winter recreation destination offering a wide selection of outdoor activities.
There are five golf courses within 30 minutes of each other (Whitehawk Golf Resort is next door) making the valley a golf mecca of sorts. Fly fishing in the many streams and lakes along with endless hiking, camping, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and more have created a recreation paradise.
The town of Quincy is 23 miles away for basic shopping and visiting the Tahoe-Truckee area for more fun and shopping is an easy drive.
The Whitehawk Meadows Ranch is located at an elevation of approximately 4,500 feet and on the southern flank of Mohawk Valley, where lush mountain meadows meet High Sierra conifer forests.
Rushing spring-fed streams pour out of the nearby mountains and meander through the ranch’s forests and wildflower-filled meadows offering a tranquil setting for hiking, biking, horseback riding and more.
The ranch adjoins National Forest lands which provide more wildlife access, recreation, as well as priva-cy. The wide open meadows offer expansive views and lovely home sites.
The ranch consists of four parcels, which can be purchased together or in the follow configurations:
Old Fish Hatchery Parcels – 83 Acres
475 Old Fish Hatchery Road, Clio, CA
The old Feather River Fish Hatchery was located on this 83-acre section of the ranch. The two parcels in this offering have some 45 acres of beautiful meadows and the balance of the acreage is conifer forest.
A creek that flows through this part of the ranch as well as an adjoining ranch parcel was selected to be restored by the Feather River Watershed Restoration Committee in 2009. The restoration improved aquat-ic and riparian habitat and help slow erosion. A “pond and plug” type of construction was used, making several attractive ponds to slow the water flow during heavy snow-melt runoff.
The site once included a large hatchery building, three small cabins, and some outbuildings. Most of these structures have collapsed over the years but there are a couple still standing including a two-bedroom cabin that may be worth restoring. The cabin is not currently habitable. The old hatchery buildings were served by electricity and telephone utilities and the service poles are still on site.
It is believed that there are two separate parcels, Plumas County Assessor’s Numbers 133-130-09 and 133-130-93. Buyers should investigate the legality of the separate parcels as part of their due diligence. Zoning is a combination of General Agriculture (GA MH) and Rural (R-20 MH). Zoning map and regulations are available upon request.
Guidici Farmhouse Parcel – 82 Acres
375 Highway 89, Clio, CA
Once the original homestead of the Guidici Ranch, this 80-acre parcel sits along the banks of Sulfur Creek and in the meadows below the Old Fish Hatchery parcels. A second 2.36 acre parcel is within the 80 acre parcel, and may be buildable or a new owner may be able to complete a boundary line adjustment to establish a second home site, subject to County approval.
This parcel also benefited from the creek restoration project in 2009 where the creek that flows through the ranch was picked to be restored by the Feather River Watershed Restoration Committee. The project improved the wildlife habitat and added a number of beautiful ponds to landscape. The Restoration Committee believes that the restoration will also help improve the trout fishery on the ranch.
An old four-bedroom, three and a half bath farmhouse was updated and remodeled by the previous owner around 1998.
The house has sat vacant for several years and needs repairs and updating before it can be deemed habitable. Power and phone service are still connected to the house and there is a well for water.
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.
The Plumas County Assessor’s Numbers are 133-130-71 and 133-130-006. Zoning is mainly General Agriculture (GA MH) with a small area classified as Rural (R-20 MH). Zoning map and regulations are available upon request.
A rare opportunity to own one of the last large parcels in greater Graeagle/Mohawk Valley. There’s plenty of room to build or restore with views and privacy incomparable to any other property to come on the market in this valley for many years. The abundant water features are a major plus in California and create a lush habitat for wildlife. 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.
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.