Notes for our Visitors
(Farm to Table Program)
The Berry Creek Ranch is a working ranch. Cattle, horses and cowboys and girls are often around in the road or on trails. This and the equipment they are on are large and difficult to see from. Please respect the animals and equipment, give them a wide berth. Feel free to stop them and ask questions. Anyone on the outfit will be happy to answer questions or introduce you to the animals that abound here.
Enjoy a walk along the creek or get with Gordon or Julie about longer hikes. Please be aware of property boundaries and respect fences and gates.
Remember there are wild animals here. No one has ever been attacked or injured but deer and elk can startle you. Rattle snakes are around in the summer. Please listen for their distinct sound and give them the right of way.
The Berry Creek Ranch has a long history with Native Americans who lived and hunted in the area. As a result many artifacts are found throughout the ranch and surrounding hills. We ask that you not dig or disturb soils to find them. If you do find an arrowhead or obsidian on the surface you are welcome to keep it. We do ask that you show it to us and tell us where you found it so we may document it in our logs that delineate the different camp sites used by our native ancestors. The Book series “Thunder over the Ochoco” talks about Stephen Meek and a party of trappers who spend a winter in the mid 1800’s on the Berry Creek. Excerpts from the book detailing the cabin on the Berry Creek and the mysterious disappearance of their Native American guide “Jimmy Rabbit” who was lost on the Berry Creek can be found in Volume 2 Chapter 68.
If you find large tools other than arrowheads please leave in place out of respect for our former inhabitants. Get with Julie or Gordon if you have a question about what an item is.
Gold panning is allowed and some do find gold in the Berry Creek. Pans are available for your use and you can keep any gold you find up to one ounce. No equipment or excavation is allowed in the creek or surrounding soils as it is critical fish habitat.
You may see police cars or uniformed officers on the ranch- don’t worry- they are here to see Gordon as he is recently retired from the Oregon State Police as an Eastern Oregon Commander. Gordon’s Troopers live on both sides of the Berry Creek Ranch and are frequently around to visit and help us on the ranch
Gordon’s Blue Healer, Cody