Clear Creek Ranch
Clear Creek Ranch is a 1,000 head mountain cattle ranch that operates on 10,457 deeded acres and a single permittee Bureau of Land Management grazing allotment that covers 48,370 contiguous acres and supports 2,995 animal unit months. The ranch is located in the Grass Valley 15 miles south of Winnemucca and connects to Interstate 80 by way of State Highway 294. The ranch controls virtually all of the water in Clear Creek, one of the longest year-round streams in the northern Great Basin. Clear Creek is fed by snowmelt and sustained during summer months by 80 published springs and many more unpublished springs. Water from Clear Creek is stored in three impoundments at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon and delivered by gravity to six center pivots that irrigate 790 acres. Clear Creek produces reliable flows into the summer (the lowest recorded flow rate was 1.15 cfs/538 gpm during the drought of 2003) and is supplemented by two irrigation wells later in the season. These wells respectively produce between 1,300-1,500 gpm and 1,800-2,000 gpm from 150 feet to 200 feet. Grazing on the ranchs deeded pastures and associated BLM allotment is all contiguous and private. This is an efficient one-hand operation, with outside help only necessary during farming and hay harvesting. Improvements are also efficient with steel pipe corrals, hydraulic squeeze chute, digital scale, and managers home. In addition, the ranch features a two-story, hand-peeled log cabin that is located in a secluded spot in Clear Creek Canyon. Built in 2001, this high-quality, well-built structure is off-grid with outdoor plumbing. Clear Creek has been rated as a blue ribbon trout stream with the opportunity to catch trophy class rainbow and brook trout, while the irrigation ponds support a robust population of largemouth bass and provide additional fishing opportunities. The ranch is also home to mule deer, mountain lion, bobcat, quail, chukar, and Hungarian partridge.