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Anderson Creek Ranch

Cattle Ranch - Irrigated Pastures - 4 Homes

  • 108+- Deeded Acres
  • 4 Rental Homes
  • Cattle Lease Income
  • Solar & Public Energy
  • Flood Irrigated Pastures
  • Year-around Creek
  • Ponds
General Description

The Anderson Creek Ranch is a working cattle and hay ranch located in the rich fertile Balls Ferry bottomland area of southern Shasta County. This unique ranch offers 4 homes, approximately 108 deeded acres, supplemental solar energy, irrigation water, flood irrigated pastures, grazing land, year-around creek, 2 large reservoirs, several outbuildings and panoramic views.


The Anderson Creek Ranch consists of approximately 108 deeded acres.  Approximately 60 acres are flood irrigated with several acres that are sub-irrigated with Anderson Creek. The balance is in riparian habitat, 2 reservoirs, grazing land and improvements. Anderson Creek, which flows through the ranch, basically divides the acreage into 2 terrain levels.  The lower level on the east side of the ranch, consists of irrigated ground, the barns and shops, 3 homes and the solar panels.  The upper level contains irrigated acreage, 2 reservoirs and the main home.

The ranch is comprised of 3 adjacent Shasta County Assessor parcels:

090-030-001-000 – 80.00 acres

090-040-005-000 – 17.69 acres

090-110-001-000 – 10.00 acres


The property is locally known as the Hopson Dairy.  Acquired after WWII by Carl Hopson, Carl and his sons, Gale and Ray built a year-around dairy business, producing, processing, bottling and delivering glass bottles of milk, door to door, using their “baby blue” Studebaker trucks. The present owner purchased the ranch from the Hopson family in 2015.


The lower acreage consists of mostly Class 1 soil and the upper level, mostly Class 2 and some Class 3 soils.

Soil Info


There are 4 homes on the ranch.  Three of the homes on located on the east side of the ranch adjacent to a paved county road.  The main home, also accessed by a separate paved county road, is located on the west side.

Main Home – Ranch style home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath; approximately 1364 sq ft; attached 2-car garage w/ guest bedroom and bath.  Currently rented for $1,200/mo.

North Home – Offers 3 bedroom and 1 bath; approximately 1364 sq ft; attached 2-car garage.  Currently rented for $1,150/mo.

Center Home – Recently remodeled with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and kitchen plus separate upstairs unit above the garage with 1 bath, 2 rooms and kitchen unit; approximately 1981 sq ft; 2-story; attached 1 car garage.  Currently rented for $1,600/month.

South Home – Remodeled 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, approximately 716 sq ft.  Currently used by the owner.  Currently vacant - Potential rent - $750/month.

Note:  Owner charges each tenant the cost of their monthly electrical usage.


Once used as a dairy, the ranch has several buildings.  These include a large hay barn, a former concrete block milking barn, a shop, two silos and several small outbuildings.

 Cattle Facilities

With over 80 acres of irrigated and grazing ground, hay barn, multiple working pens and water, the ranch is ideal for raising cattle.


There are 2 reservoirs on the ranch. One reservoir, located near the center of the acreage, is approximately 5 acres in size.  The second one, just to the west of the larger reservoir, is about an acre and a quarter in size.  These ponds are used to collect irrigation runoff to irrigate the lower pastures. Both ponds were recently cleaned out.


Along an oak studded bluff, year-around Anderson Creek flows through approximately 1600 feet of the property.  There is a road bridge across the creek that provides access to both sides of the ranch.

 Irrigation Water

Water for flood irrigation of the acreage is provided from an irrigation district (Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District) with a buried main line and open ditches on the ranch.  There is an annual fee for the water of approximately $5,000.  Currently, this fee is paid by the cattle lessee.


There are 2 domestic wells on the ranch.  One well, located near the barn and shop area, provides water for the 3 east side homes and barn area.  The second well is located on the west side providing water the main home.

 Water Features

The ranch has several water features.  Anderson Creek, a year-around creek, flows through approximately 1600 feet of the acreage. This scenic creek provides riparian habitat attracting a variety of wildlife.  In addition, there are two large reservoirs that attract migrating geese and ducks.  Irrigation ditches are located throughout the ranch providing water for the cattle and crops.


Power use for the ranch is very efficient.  Electric power to the ranch is supplied by both public electric and private solar energy.  The present owner recently installed a set of solar panels on the ranch near the barn and shop area.  The solar panels are tied directly to the public utility company (PG&E), and each year the company credits back to the owner the power it has received.  With the current power usage by the ranch, the energy costs to the ranch and credits received, usually break even.

 Potential Uses

The Anderson Creek Ranch offers many opportunities to new buyer.  The 4 homes offer many possibilities including living in one and renting the others, renting all four, housing extended family members and more. The acreage can be leased for cattle, horses and hay or one can use it to raise their livestock and crops.  The barn and shops have multiple uses including livestock, produce storage, equipment and more.


The terrain on the ranch is basically level with a creek that flows through the acreage along a bluff, dividing the land into two elevation tiers.  The lower tier on the east side with about 35 acres is approximately 395’ in elevation with the higher tier on the west side approximately 445’ in elevation.  The property offers terrific panoramic views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen and the surrounding mountains. 

Topo Map                                                                                                                    

 Cattle Lease

The ranch currently has a cattle lease.  Renewed each year for $12,000, the lessee has been leasing for several years.  The lease is for the pastures and hay barn only.


The Anderson Creek Ranch is located in the rich bottomland area of Balls Ferry in northern California’s scenic Shasta County.  Just about 2 miles south of the city of Anderson, the property is convenient to shopping, schools and transportation.  Surrounded by other rural ranches, the ranch offers a ranching and farming lifestyle.


Migrating geese and waterfowl often land and feed on the pastures and reservoirs during the winter.  Deer, turkey, quail and dove can be found year-around.


The ranch is currently zoned Unclassified (U) District.  The General Plan is AG-c

Zoning Map


Surrounded by the best spring, summer, fall and winter outdoor recreation in the nation, this property is within 90 minutes of it all! Lying within the heart of the Shasta Cascade Wonderland, the property is located near national parks, recreation and wilderness areas; numerous lakes and several rivers and creeks. 

101 Things-To-Do in the Shasta Cascade Wonderland


The Anderson Creek Ranch is currently offered for $1,350,000.  The present owner will consider owner financing.

Nearest International Airport

Sacramento International
Distance from property: 150
Pilot info

Nearest Regional Airport

Redding Municipal
Distance from property: 3
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Nearest Paved Airport

Redding Municipal
Distance from property: 3
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Property Boundaries

Property Location