Dry Creek Ranch occupies a uniquely private and abundantly picturesque setting along the Little Weiser River in Indian Valley. BLM and State Lands reaching to the Payette National Forest and the West Mountains border the ranch headquarters along the entire east boundary and along portions of the northeast and southeast ranch boundaries. The year round Little Weiser River winds through the ranch for over ¾ of a mile contributing immense aesthetics and recreation exclusive to mountain streams and all of the priceless benefits of a deeply wooded riparian corridor. Three canals contour through the ranch delivering gravity irrigation water to productive hay fields and pastures while contributing rich and well populated wildlife habitat. Year round springs provide domestic water to the residence and feed three year round wildlife ponds. Dry Creek Ranch gets its name from the confluence of seasonal drainages and brushy draws that culminate on the ranch fostering support cover and vegetation for elk, mule deer, grouse, pheasant, wild turkey, water fowl and quail. The ranches extensive native range is primarily rolling with some steep terrain, rim-rock outcrops, a variety of native grasses and pockets of bitterbrush and sage. The character of Dry Creek Ranch is secured by big mountain views to the north and east; the integrity of the ranch is enhanced by its natural diversity, history, exceptional improvements and secluded foothills location.
Dry Creek Ranch occupies a prime spot in the heart of the Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area about 20 minutes from Council, the Adams County Seat. Indian Valley comes with a post office, fire station and a well-attended community center. Council is a small Idaho town with a diverse history and a sense of community. Council offers a variety of shops and services, professional and medical, K-12 schools, a nine-hole golf course, eateries and a small airport. The mountain resort town of McCall on Payette Lake, popular for summer and winter outdoor recreation, boutique shops and fine restaurants is approximately 45 miles north. Boise International Airport is 115 miles southeast of Indian Valley via state and interstate highways.
The town of Cambridge, approximately 15 miles southwest, offers a variety of shops and services, K-12 schools, a medical clinic and churches. Cambridge hosts the annual Washington County Fair and Rodeo the first full week in August and Hell’s Canyon Days in June. Brownlee Dam on the Snake River, the Payette National Forest and numerous reservoirs open to fishing and boating and mountain are within short driving distances from Council, Cambridge and Indian Valley.
C. Ben Ross Reservoir, relatively undiscovered and tucked away from public view, is minutes from the ranch and open to boating and fishing. It has a healthy population of largemouth bass and virtually any motorized boat can explore the entire reservoir in a day. Elk and mule deer populations are notoriously strong throughout the area. Upland game birds include turkey, sharp tail and sage grouse, valley quail and ring-neck pheasant.
Indian Valley is big country with millions of acres of national forest, BLM and State lands surrounding the area on three sides and reaching all the way to the Snake River. The distinct four season climate and approx.. 3200 ft. elevation is conducive to wonderful year around living, outdoor recreation and to cultivating gardens and growing fruit.
The ranch residence, a 2,688 sq. ft. two story with daylight basement, is an artful and carefully-crafted complement to the landscape. . . absolutely a beautiful home by any standards. A massive stone fireplace and interior log and beam structure are all that visibly remains of the original log dwelling built in 1978. Since the beginning of the rebuilding in 2014, those features have been completely enveloped by the new residence, bringing together such kitchen design as an open beam log ceiling, heated tile floor, designer lighting, granite tile breakfast bar and a plethora of quality cabinetry. An exterior door from the kitchen leads to a spacious covered deck for morning coffee, outside dining and relaxing. The dining room comes with picture windows that look out over the ranch in three directions, tile floors and a vaulted ceiling. Centerpiece to the living room is the massive floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Picture windows, engineered oak flooring, cathedral ceilings, overlooking balcony, and an exterior door to a covered deck make the living room a Great Room.
Equally well designed and finished main floor rooms include a private office, full bath, utility room with built-ins, library/sitting/back entry with opening skylight and French doors to the covered deck off the kitchen . . . interesting, functional and inviting spaces. A finished single car garage is attached with access into the kitchen.
The upper level of the home is dedicated to a luxurious master suite with sitting room, a beautiful custom tiled master bath, deep tub with tiled surround, large tile and glass walk-in shower, double vanity and a picture window facing the West Mtns. . . . all wonderfully planned and coordinated with the private and spacious carpeted master bedroom.
The lower daylight basement level of the home is a completely finished apartment consistent with the quality and craftsmanship of the rest of the upper levels. The apartment comes with kitchen, dining space, living area, full bath and a bedroom efficiently heated with a free standing propane heater. A mechanical room is also housed on the lower level.
Domestic water is provided by a developed spring that gravity flows into the home where it is pressurized throughout the residence.
· 1755 sq. ft. Loft Barn and Corrals. This is a classic loft barn that is useful, adds singular character and will be standing for many years to come. Attached round-pen and working corrals.
· 960 sq. ft. Shop/Garage plus an attached livestock or storage wing. Insulated, wired, heated by a wood stove, concrete floor, one person door and a sliding door.
· 2,040 sq. ft. Hay and Equipment Storage Pole Barn.
700 m/l Total Deeded Acres
55 Acres m/l irrigated Hay and Pasture
34 Acres m/l dry land Hay and Pasture
611 Acres m/l Native Range, River Corridor, Irrigation Canals,
Seasonal Streams and Run-off Drainages, Brushy draws and home Site.
Dry Creek Ranch comes with adjudicated water rights for 55 acres and an accompanying overlapping water right from C. Ben Ross Reservoir. Irrigation water is diverted to the ranch from the Little Weiser River via the America Lindsay Ditch and the Richardson Ditch. Fields are irrigated by a gravity pressurized gated-pipe system requiring no pumping. Annual irrigation costs are seldom over several hundred dollars, primarily for ditch maintenance.
Irrigated hay and pasture ground on the Shaffer Ranch is classified as very deep, well drained loam and clay loam soils well suited to producing hay and pasture. Dry land hay and pasture ground is classified as moderately deep, well drained and well suited as hay and pasture land. The ranch’s native range land is predominantly shallow, well drained soils that have been historically used for spring and fall cattle grazing.
The Ranch Headquarters are at approximately 3150 feet.
Four Seasons. Excellent growing conditions for yards, gardens, orchards.
A variety of mature fruit trees already grow on the ranch.