797± Acres
New Listing

Starvation Ridge

ID: 25814
External ID/MLS: -- / 22341234
Status: New Listing
Price: $1,229,000
Acres: 797±
Price Per Acre: $1,542
Address: 42834 ALDER CREEK RD
City, State: Spray, Oregon
County: Wheeler
ZIP Code: 97874


Starvation Ridge - Recreation abounds on this

mountain retreat with deep canyons, cliffs, and open meadows in close proximity

to the John Day River. This secluded hunting and recreational retreat near

Service Creek features craggy rock formations and panoramic views of the

surrounding area with room for small airstrip. Two seasonal creeks flow through

a portion of this high desert holding with resident big horn sheep and wildlife

galore. Abundant stands of tree covered hillsides with juniper, sage and native

grasses. Up to four Deer and Elk LOP tags can be applied for in Fossil Unit. This

holding offers diverse topography for horseback riding, hunting, hiking, rock

hounding and wildlife viewing.

This would be a great group investment as there

are four contiguous tax lots offering potential for multiple dwellings with zoning approvals. There are 3 wells, septic, a tiny hunting hut and 24x48 metal

enclosed shop with concrete floors plumbed for bathroom. Power is close to

boundary line with potential of solar power.

This off grid sanctuary also has potential to be

put in farm deferral per county approvals. There are open range fields for dry

land crops, several undeveloped springs and dirt road access. The property

borders private lands and ranges from 2300 to 3000 ft. elevation.


a short drive from here to the John Day River near Service Creek for some of the

finest fishing and rafting in the state. This unique package offers privacy and natural beauty with a breathtaking backdrop of the mountains

and valley all behind a locked gate. Must see to


Located between Fossil and Spray 2.5 mi. E of

Service Creek & 3 mi. N of Hwy 19 on Alder Creek Rd. 

Zoned EFU/MUR. Taxes for 2021 were $4555. Buyers can contact Wheeler County Assessor for possible tax deferral programs and Wheeler County Planning Dept. for information on dwelling approvals.

42834 ALDER CREEK RD Spray, OR 97874

T8S R 23E TL 3012; 3600; 3004; 3013

Wheeler County is located in

sunny North Central Oregon; it is the least populated and one of the most

beautiful counties in the state. Wheeler County is as rugged as any in Oregon,

with the terrain varying widely from deep river canyons edged in rimrock to

high timbered mountains covered in pine and fir. Portions of the Ochoco and

Umatilla National Forests lie within its boundaries, covering nearly one third

of the county.

Fossil digging, fishing,

rafting, hiking, camping, photography and star gazing are among the many fun

and educational activities that abound here. Designated as a Wild and Scenic

River, the John Day River, is known worldwide for its native salmon runs and exceptional

bass fishing. Located just three hours from

Portland, Wheeler County is a magnificent place to escape for a weekend

adventure. Wheeler County has been called a "Geologic

Wonderland" and as the place "Where the Sidewalk Ends and the Old

West Begins." Come and make your own adventure of time travel and

discovery across this mysterious landscape.

There are two John Day Fossil

Beds National Monument areas located in Wheeler County, the Clarno Unit and the

Painted Hills Unit. The Sheep Rock Unit borders the County on the east. There

are petrified mudslides and lava flows, unique geologic formations and one of

the most outstanding depositories of prehistoric plant and animal fossils in

the world. The county is also a hunter's

paradise for big game and world-class bass fishing along the John Day River.

Our communities of Fossil, Mitchell and Spray offer exceptional home cooking at

local cafes as well as accommodations ranging from motels to quaint bed &

breakfasts to working cattle retreat ranches.

Additional Information


  • big game
  • mule deer
  • other


  • atv trails
  • bird watching
  • equestrian trails
  • hiking trails
  • hunting

water access

  • creek


  • well
  • workshop
  • other

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