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Land And Water

  • Acres: 2,893 (appx. 4,500 square miles

  • Miles of Streams: 9,548

  • Number of 4th Field Watersheds: (Lower Crooked, Upper Crooked, Beaver/South Fork

  • Number of 5th Field Watersheds:32

  • Highest Point: 6,926 ft. (Lookout Mountain)

  • Lowest Point: 1,900ft. (Lake Billy Chinook)

  • Average Precipitation 8” (Western Plateau) 34” (Ochoco Mountains)

  • Percent of total Water Used by Agriculture 99%

  • Percent of Total Water Used from Surface Water Sources 95%

  • Percent of Total Water Use from Ground water Sources 5%

 

Land Ownership

  • Private Land 41%

  • BLM 35%

  • USFS 23%

  • State of Oregon 1%

  • Land Adjacent to Streams Privately owned 51%

  • Counties in the Watershed: 7 (Crook, Wheeler, Grant, Harney, Lake, Deschutes, Jefferson)

Socio-Economic Data

  • Watershed Population: 70,580 (2017)

  • Incorporated Communities: Prineville and portions of Redmond

  • Unincorporated Communities: Brothers, Culver, Hampton, Millican, Paulina, Post, Powell Butte, O’Neil and a portion of Crooked River Ranch

  • Top 5 Agriculteral Commodities: Cattle, Hay and Grass Seed, Wheat, Vegetables, Misc Crops

Fish and Wildlife Resources

Native Fish Species: 17 (Redband Trout and the most numerous)

  • Introduced, Non-Native  Fish Species: 12

  • Species of Mammals:78

  • Species of Birds:182

  • Species of Reptiles:16

  • Species of Amphibians: 10

  • State or Federally Listed Species:42

  • Steelhead extirpated from 122 miles of river above Opal Springs Dam

 

Land Use

  • Top 3 Industries: Forest Products, Agriculture, Recreation and Tourism

  • Land Classified as Rage: 70%

  • Land Classified as Forest 25%

  • Land Classified as in Crop Production 4%

  • Land Classified as Urban/Residential: 1%

Specially Designated Lands

  • State Parks 3 (Smith Rock, Cove Palisades, Prineville Reservoir)

  • Wilderness Areas : 1 (Mill Creek 17,300 acres)

  • Wild and Scenic River Segments: 3

  • Number of Wild and Scenic River Miles:52.6