Crooked River Ranch lies just 12 miles northwest of Redmond, off U.S. Highway 97. The majority of the ranch is located in south Jefferson County and sprawls into the northern portion of Deschutes County. Portland is 143 miles northwest via Mt. Hood Highway 26. Eugene and Salem are 135 miles west over the Cascade range.


Crooked River Ranch encompasses approximately 12,000 acres. The ranch is a planned unit development, with nearly 11,000 acres in residential sites ranging in size from one acre to more than five acres. There are over 1,000 acres owned by the ranch association, with amenities including a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, ball field, clubhouse and several tracts of open space for future recreational uses. Canyon palisades, deep gorges and the clear rippling waters of the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers form the east and west boundaries. In addition, there are several large tracts of public land adjoining the ranch which are administered by the Department of the Interior. With few restrictions, these lands totaling about 9,000 acres are open to hiking, fishing, riding, hunting, etc..


Our high desert community rests between the Crooked River and the Deschutes at an elevation of approximately 2,800 feet above sea level. The climate is semi-arid, with an annual precipitation of less than nine inches per year. We enjoy a high percentage of sunny days throughout the year. Refreshing different weather patterns of the four distinct seasons are common to the area.
Summer: Daytime temperatures average 80 to 90 degrees with cool nights.
Fall: The season change offers varying temperatures from warm summertime highs to temperatures dipping below freezing.
Winter: Temperatures usually range from the mid to upper 40's to lows in the teens, although the mercury occasionally drops below zero.
Spring: Temperatures range from the mid 60's in the daytime with mid 20's at night. The winter and spring seasons bring the majority of the annual precipitation with occasional light snowfall or showers.


In 1910, when Redmond was a bustling community of 216, a Texas oil man by the names of Gates purchased the property from homesteaders, forming what was known for years as the "Gates Ranch". The main ranch house, built by the Gates family and still standing, was constructed in 1916. Crooked River Ranch was officially registered in 1932. In 1961, the ranch was purchased by the Thomas Bell family. It was operated as the E-Z Cattle Co. in diversified ranching for ten years. In late 1971, Crooked River Ranch was purchased by the MacPherson's for development as a recreational site. Rezoned in the early 1980's to Rural Residential, the ranch has continued to develop into the residential community you see today.


Although Crooked River Ranch is not incorporated, the population is increasing at a steady pace. current estimates place the population at approximately 5,000.


Crooked River Ranch is in the heart of Central Oregon's four-season playground. Tourist and recreational opportunities range from mountain activities in the Cascades, rock climbing and hiking at Smith Rock, swimming, fishing and water skiing at a variety of lakes and reservoirs, and some of the best skiing and winter sports at Mt. Bachelor. All these activities are within a short drive from the ranch. The ranch has its own 18 hole, par 71 golf course.


The ranch operates under the jurisdiction of the Jefferson and Deschutes County governments. Each county has jurisdiction over that portion of the ranch within its county boundaries.


Crooked River Ranch Club and Maintenance Association (541-548-8939) is responsible for the ranch's 1,000 acres of community property. Property ownership automatically includes association membership and use of the facilities. Some are available at no charge, while others require a nominal charge. To defray the cost of the facilities and the services provided, each membership carries with it the responsibility of association dues. The association is managed by a nine member board of directors and a ranch manager that oversees the daily operations.

Law Enforcement

Crooked River Ranch enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the state. Police protection is provided by the Jefferson and Deschutes County Sheriff's Department.

Fire, Emergency Medical Services

Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District provides fire protection and ambulance services to the ranch. The District are carries a Class 5 or a Class 9 fire insurance rating. The station is centrally located and manned by dedicated volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Medical Services

Central Oregon District Hospital is a full service facility in Redmond – just 12 miles away.  Extended services are available at St. Charles Medical Center, Central Oregon Cancer Treatment Center and Eastern Cascades Dialysis Center, all located in Bend.


Dissecting the ranch's 12,000 acres are approximately 115 miles of roads that access all 2,600+ parcels. Several are paved, but most are graded gravel roads. Crooked River Ranch Road District administers an ongoing program to pave additional roads each year. Long range goals are to continue the paving program, while keeping within the budgeted allocation.


Electricity - Pacific Power & Light Company
Telephone - Qwest (formerly US West Communications)
Water - CRR Water Company (community water system or well). If have cistern, service provided by Private Contractor
Cable - Crestview Cable TV
Garbage - Private Contractor
Sewage - Individual Septic System


Redmond Municipal Airport serves Central Oregon as the aviation hub of the region. Just 12 miles from the ranch, scheduled service is available to major destinations. The airport, located east of town, has two paved and lighted 7,000 foot runways that accommodate all sizes of aircraft, including large jetliners. Currently, Horizon Air and United Shuttle are the main airlines that have daily arrivals and departures.


Residents of the ranch are served by two school districts:

  • Redmond School District
    716 W. Evergreen
    Redmond, Oregon 97756

  • Culver School District
    PO Box 228
    Culver, Oregon 97734

The Ranch offers many other conveniences such as:
• Churches
• Storage Facilities
• Tennis Courts
• Convenience Store/Gas Station
• Riding Arena
• Golf Course
• Park & Pavilion
• Hiking Trails
• Basketball Court
• Baseball Field
• Motel & Cabins
• RV Campground
•  Swimming Pool
• Senior Center
• Food Facilities, ranging from Gourmet to Pizza