Double Diamond Ranch

California Cattle and Grass Ranch

The 638-acre Double Diamond Ranch, well known in California ranching history, is located in the northern end of the Surprise Valley in Fort Bidwell, California, a small ranching community that is set back in time. It summers as many as 1,300 yearling cattle or the equivalent cow/calf numbers and possesses some of the best water, finest soils and quality grasslands in the area. The ranch boasts one of several Victorian homes built in the area in the late 1800s, a 4,200 sq. ft. 9 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-story magnificent home. Ranch improvements include livestock corrals, covered scale house and perimeter and cross fencing.

The Double Diamond Ranch is located at Fort Bidwell in Modoc County’s magnificent Surprise Valley. The valley lies on the eastern side of the Warner Mountain Range. The valley benefits from the streams and runoff of the Warner Mountains to provide the ranch with abundant water and lush plentiful grass meadows.

Fort Bidwell is a small ranching community set back in time with historic old buildings and a pace of yesteryear. The bustling county seat of Alturas is an hour’s drive for major shopping and supplies. Cedarville is 20 miles to the south and Surprise Valley has groceries, hardware, restaurants and lodging, a hot springs resort and small airport.

Improvementsinclude a classic two-story Victorian home built around the turn of the century. It has 9 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is in usable condition. There is a set of working corals with covered scales. The ranch’s perimeter fencing and cross fencing are all in good condition.

Wildlife and Recreation:
The wonderful isolation of this area of California is very attractive to the wildlife and the surrounding area of northeastern California has always had good fishing resources. The Warner Mountains are well known for their populations of large Mule Deer. The habitat is very plentiful with a variety of open meadows, oak woodlands and timber. There are numerous streams, lakes and reservoirs for trout fishing. Surprise Valley is bordered on the east by Nevada and the area has a good population of Mule Deer, Antelope and upland birds. It is also one of the premier areas for Chukar in the US. There is also a small ski area at Cedar Pass between Cedarville and Alturas.

Operational Considerations:
The Double Diamond has been known historically as a summer grass operation. The seeded meadows with abundant water have been compared to Fort Klamath, the gold standard of Western summer grazing. The ranch could be operated with yearlings for the summer or as a cow/calf operation. The ranch operates with a part-time irrigator and a cowboy to ride through the cattle occasionally. It could easily be a one man operation since little equipment besides a backhoe and dump truck is needed. Double Diamond Ranch is currently leased.

Water Resources:
Double Diamond Ranch enjoys abundant and inexpensive water. The ranch has a 7.63 cubic feet per second adjudicated water rights from Bidwell Creek. There is a diversion located approximately a mile from the ranch with a right of way to access it. The creek provides adequate water into mid and late summer. As the creek slows down it is supplemented by two high production irrigation wells. The wells are on Surprise Valley Electrical Association power with one of the lowest rates in California. The annual power ranges from $3,000 to the highest of $10,000. There is a water master fee on the creek of approximately $2,500/year. The water rights are prioritized at priority 1,2,3,4 and 5.