Fremont Caretakers Cabin - Oregon

Umatilla National Forest

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In the mid and late 1800s, the North Fork John Day drainage was bustling with gold and silver mining. In the rush, mining towns popped up here and there, only to be left to ruin as the mining dwindled. Granite is one such ghost town, with weathered buildings and the graves of prospectors and pioneers who came to the area to seek their fortunes. Just a short drive from Granite is Caretakers Cabin, an old Forest Service cabin that shares the historic Fremont Powerhouse site with three other Forest Service cabin rentals, and the perfect spot to imagine life here centuries ago.

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MORE INFORMATION: History | Description | Area Attractions & Activities | Amenities | Pets | Smoking | Directions

Price & Capacity

$80 per night, with a maximum of ten occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the cabin.

There is additional space for tent camping.

Nearby Recreation Rentals: This area includes three other cabins, all within a couple hundred feet of each other: Congo Gulch, Hilltop Hideaway, and Miner's Retreat. This provides great flexibility for larger groups.

Reservations

www.RECREATION.gov

1-877-444-6777

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North Fork John Day Ranger District
PO Box 158, Highway 244
Ukiah, OR 97880
541-427-3231

Other Umatilla National Forest Recreation Rentals

Availability

Caretakers Cabin is available for rent all year.

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-- The maximum-length stay is fourteen consecutive nights. --

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History

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Caretakers Cabin is located at historic Fremont Powerhouse site. The surrounding valleys once teamed with mining activity primarily gold. Around 1903, local mines began to notice a decline in earnings and promoted construction of a cheaper power source, in an effort to operate the mines more economically. As a result, the Fremont Powerhouse was constructed and began operation in 1908. Two dams were constructed at Olive Lake and water from the lake was piped through an eight-mile-long wood and steel pipeline to the powerhouse to generate the much-needed electrical power. The houses were constructed to shelter workers who monitored the pipeline for breaks and kept the powerhouse operating. After 59 years of continuous service, the powerhouse generated its last electrical power in October 1967. In 1968, the California Pacific Utilities Company donated the entire complex to the U.S. Forest Service. Caretakers Cabin is a large house located the farthest north of all the structures.

Description

Perched atop a small rise, this charming, white six room cabin overlooks the other cabins at Fremont Powerhouse. The large kitchen is warm and inviting, featuring blue-stain pine cabinets and plenty of counter work space, a refrigerator, cook stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster, and it is well equipped with a wide variety of cooking utensils, dishes, cutlery, and silverware. Cleaning supplies are also provided. The dining room is furnished with a large dining table and many chairs. The bathroom features a flush toilet and hot and cold water for the bathtub; there is no shower. Two upstairs bedrooms are furnished with full over queen and twin over twin bunk beds. The downstairs parlor is comfortably furnished with log-style furniture: a queen-size futon, chair, coffee table and end table. The cabin has electric lights throughout and is heated with electric wall heaters.

While there is drinking water available June through September, there is no water or indoor plumbing during fall, winter and early spring months. Visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking and washing. There is an outhouse near the cabin.

Area Attractions & Activities

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The cabins at Fremont Powerhouse are located near the historic town of Granite, OR. Nearby Olive Lake offers many recreational options, including boating, fishing, and swimming. Go hiking on North Fork John Day Wilderness trails and mountain biking on closed forest roads. Take a drive along the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway. Also enjoy berry picking (blackberries and huckleberries), bird watching, photography, wildlife viewing (black bear, elk and deer) and the vast, incredible scenery.

Amenities

  • Beds
  • Dishes, Tableware, Pots and Pans
  • Electric Lights
  • Electric Heat
  • Flush Toilet (summer only)
  • Outhouse
  • Bathtub (summer only)
  • Table and Chairs
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave

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Drinking Water (summer only)

There is additional space for tent camping.

Pets

Pets are welcome. Stock animals, such as horses, are not.

Smoking

No smoking.

Directions

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From Pendleton, travel south on Highway 395 for 50 miles to the Ukiah exit. Turn left on Highway 244 to Ukiah. Take Forest Service Road (FSR) 52 from Ukiah city center, and travel 50 miles to the small town of Granite. From Granite go west on County Road 24 for approximately 6 miles. The main road veers left along the creek bed. At this junction go uphill on FSR 10 and follow the signs to the Fremont Powerhouse.

From Baker City, travel west on Highway 7 20 miles to the junction with FSR 73. Proceed north through Sumpter and another 17 miles to the small town of Granite. From Granite go west on County Road 24 for approximately 6 miles. The main road veers left along the creek bed. At this junction go uphill on FSR 10 and follow the signs to the Fremont Powerhouse.

FSR 10 is maintained in summer months, but access during the winter months may require snowmobiles, cross country skis, snowshoes or 4 wheel drive, depending on weather conditions. There is limited parking away from the site.





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