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Crescent Lake
All Year: any
Area (ha): 9 acres
Persons: 1-4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 13556
Region: West

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Last Updated: March 25, 2020

After 9 years in beautiful Haines, Alaska I have relocated to a raw mountain ranch at 4750 ft elevation, located in Crescent Lake Oregon. We have been here now for 3 years and it just keeps getting better and thanks to all of our fantastic helpers! (I will also offer ranch stays for a nominal fee, and which includes hands on ranch experiences, for those who are unable to volunteer due to visa issues).
We enjoy our guests of all natures

I am needing ongoing help with fencing and some building, animal care, clearing,artsy ideas, path building, housekeeping etc. House is small, but cozy! Barn is located away from the house, with a loft.

I have alpacas,llama, goats,a mule,donkeys, 6 dogs, one cat, turkeys, chickens and 2 geese. With the goal of starting "interactive ranch tours", encompassing education about the animals, art, music..any ideas are welcome...we will together create a sustainable business that can support these wonderfu creatures! I also sell goat milk and eggs. I am hoping to incorporate fiber arts sales as well!

For accommodation: there is a spare room, small. but it has a queen sized bunk bed (I am able to supply a roll-away or air bed if needed).

For overflow there is a small chalet pop up trailer that sleeps 2-3 or I can also provide tents and sleeping bags (there is a campsite area for tent camping). It is easy living in a wonderful forest setting that is just east of Willamette Pass.

I have Wi-Fi and TV (which we watch minimally, evenings mostly). Phone service is only usable with Verizon here, however.

We are surrounded by gorgeous lakes and the area is loaded with hiking and cross country ski trails, very close to the PCT access and Willamette Pass Ski area which has downhill and cross country skiing available. We are not far from Crater Lake, Newberry Crater and hot springs.

I provide meals, beds, shower and will do my best to facilitate your adventures while visiting. I cook with whole foods and make almost everything from scratch. We are flexible and casual. I may have transportation for helpers to use, if they drive standard stick shift.

I need helpers for the ranch now and throughout the year!

(For anyone interested:
I also seek, beyond the usual helpers, a long term exchange. The long term position is only in exchange for room and board. I cannot pay wages, but it is not a frequent need. It requires someone willing to certify to be respite with 54 yo autistic woman, for rare events and emergencies. A background check, cpr/first aid and training online, test in county office. I will pay any fees for the certification. If that person chooses to find paid work outside part time, that could be discussed.)

We would be pleased to have you join us in this ever changing adventure!You MUST love Dogs to visit us here!

reviews (90)
Helper: Louise and Moulaye Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 24, 2020
We stayed 1 month with Tamsen and Sherri. Crescent Lake is a wonderful place ... view complete review

Helper: John Smihula Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 7, 2019
Tamsen is a wonder to behold. Milking goats, mucking the pens, spreading hay... view complete review

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Helper: Rielly Kemp-Bye Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 4, 2019
I enjoyed my stay at Last Minute Ranch. It was a pleasure to get to know Tams... view complete review

Helper: Korey Smith Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 5, 2019
I thank Tamsen, Sheri for not only providing me with a place to stay for a wh... view complete review

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Helper: Christina Mueller Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 16, 2019
If you're in Oregon and want to help, then visit here and help Tamsy. She is ... view complete review

Helper: Renaud and Carolanne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 9, 2019
We stayed 10 days at the ranch in summer and had a very good time. Tamsen and... view complete review

Helper: Fawziyah rahman Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 1, 2019
I had a wholesome time staying with Tamsen and Sherri :) Tasks I helped with ... view complete review

Helper: Mari Goodpaster Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 17, 2019
I had a great experience helping at Tamsen’s ranch. I had a short stay becaus... view complete review

Helper: Mary Bozzacco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 16, 2019
My partner and I spent 2.5 weeks on the ranch and had the MOST wonderful time... view complete review

Helper: Katrianna Camacho Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 7, 2019
I stayed with Tamsen for a few days. This was my first helpx and I learned a ... view complete review

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From: United States Date: April 12, 2019
I had an absolutely great time with Tamsen and Sherri!! I stayed for about tw... view complete review

Helper: Daniel Lewis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 12, 2018
Tamsen was nestled in the Deschutes National Forest. A quick drive , bike rid... view complete review

Helper: Pierre Want Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 5, 2018
I stayed three weeks with Tamsen and Sherri, and really had a nice time there... view complete review

Helper: Melanie Loser Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 4, 2018
I stayed two weeks on the ranch and enjoyed it very much. There were two othe... view complete review

Helper: Nicole Nelson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 1, 2018
My two week stay here was much too short! Tamsen is a wonderful host who I n... view complete review

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Helper: JJ Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 12, 2018
I’m grateful for having the opportunity to spend close to a week at The Minut... view complete review

Helper: Steven Atkinson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 30, 2018
I had the pleasure of staying with Tamsen, Sherri and all the animals from 26... view complete review

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Helper: Zoe and Sean Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 20, 2018
We stayed with Tamsen for 2 weeks and had a very interesting farm experience.... view complete review

Helper: Walker Hiles Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 18, 2018
Tamsen is an extremely welcoming host and has much to teach you about all man... view complete review

Helper: Karl McConnell Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 16, 2018
Tamsen is one of the few people that still has a heart of gold. Her compassio... view complete review

Helper: Bettina Jahn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 16, 2018
I spent two weeks in Tamsen's house. She lives together with Sherri an autist... view complete review

Helper: Joaquin Pesqueira Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 17, 2018
Thank you Tamsen and Sherry for your gracious hospitality..and amazing homema... view complete review

Helper: Bruno Guillon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 19, 2018
Hi, thank you Tamsen for your welcome, I spent a wonderful time with you, She... view complete review

Helper: Karim Guissé Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: January 6, 2018
Staying with Tamsen and Sherry was great. I stayed two weeks there and i real... view complete review

Helper: M A Lensink Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: November 10, 2017
My stay at Crescent Lake was short (about a week), due to unforeseen circumst... view complete review

Helper: Ludovic and Armelle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 31, 2017
After one month in Haines Alaska tow years ago, we came back to see Tamsen in... view complete review

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Helper: Cheryl and Murray Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 29, 2017
There is lots to learn at Tamesan’s farm. Located in Central Oregon, her fa... view complete review

Helper: Nicole and Camilo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 7, 2017
Tamsen and Sherri's ranch was a great learning experience! We learned how to ... view complete review

Helper: Rémi Martini Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: September 21, 2017
It was an awesome experience to stay with Tamsen, she is really kind and you ... view complete review

Helper: Adrien Pacory Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: August 28, 2017
The two months I stayed here were very pleasure for me. Tamsen is a very nic... view complete review

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Helper: Bonk Potter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 20, 2017
Tamsen and her paradise is a great place to work and see beautiful Oregon. Sh... view complete review

Helper: Jen Kosharek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 15, 2017
It was a pleasure to stay here. She greeted me warmly and we had many interes... view complete review

Helper: Lisa Causeret Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: July 27, 2017
What a pleasure to stay with Tamsen and Sherri! These 2 weeks passed so fast!... view complete review

Helper: Jennifer GOUIX Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 3, 2017
It's was a big pleasure to meet and live with Tamsen and Sherry :) I spent tw... view complete review

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Helper: Joe Cook Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 2, 2017
Tamsen's farm is a great place to breathe fresh mountain air and play with so... view complete review

Helper: Morley Bridwell Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 24, 2017
I stayed with Tamsen for 9 days and could not have asked for a better experie... view complete review

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From: United States Date: February 13, 2017
A true winter wonderland. I absolutely loved staying with Tamsen and Sherri. ... view complete review

Helper: Liyu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: January 4, 2017
Tamsen is a best host I never had. She is very nice she pick me up in the Eug... view complete review

Helper: Tara Ravishankar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 10, 2016
I stayed with Tamsen and Sherri for a week and a half with a break in between... view complete review

Helper: Martijn berger Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: November 6, 2016
A couple months ago I stayed at this lovely place with lovely people and plen... view complete review

Helper: Liu and Chen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: October 23, 2016
We stayed with Tamsen and Sherri for two weeks in August. Those are wonderful... view complete review

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Helper: Sam and Jack Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 20, 2016
Tamsen was a wonderful host we stayed for a week and she made us very welcome... view complete review

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Helper: Kristen and Izaak Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 13, 2016
We had a great time staying at Tamsen's. She was very gracious when we had ca... view complete review

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Helper: Luizza Madhi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 9, 2016
Than you so much for the three weeks I've had the chance to spend in your com... view complete review

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Helper: Amanda Plunkett Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 29, 2016
I had the opportunity to stay with Tamsen in September 2016. She has a sizeab... view complete review

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Helper: Amy Hawkins Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 26, 2016
I stayed with Tamsen for about 2.5 weeks in August. She really opens her home... view complete review

Helper: Jeanine MORICEAU Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 24, 2016
Thank you Tamsen, Sherri and Heidi for this marvellous time I had with you on... view complete review

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From: Estonia Date: August 17, 2016
We stayed with Tamsen and Sherri for 10 days and it was some fun time! They ... view complete review

Helper: Caitlin Hunter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 4, 2016
I was fortunate enough to stay with Tamsen for 2 weeks. It's a fantastic, raw... view complete review

Helper: Luke McGuinness Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: July 12, 2016
I spent about a week and a half at Tamsen's mountain ranch in Cresent Lake, O... view complete review

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From: United States Date: July 11, 2016
Tamsen is an amazing host! This was my first Helpx experience and she was not... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: March 2, 2016
Due to some family things I only got to stay with Tamsen for 2 weeks in Decem... view complete review

Helper: Camille Vincent Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: December 10, 2015
I spent only one week with Tamsan (which is definitely not enough) I loved t... view complete review

Helper: Sander Bel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: December 8, 2015
I supposed to be at Tamsen's farm for just one night, but it turned out to be... view complete review

Helper: Ludovic and Armelle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 23, 2015
One month in Haines with Tamsen and Co was just great, amazing, a lot to do ,... view complete review

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From: New Zealand Date: July 9, 2015
Enjoyed staying at Tamsens for 3 weeks,as said before, there is plenty to do,... view complete review

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From: France Date: July 4, 2015
I have spent two weeks in Tamsen place. Her animals are lovely and Tamsen is ... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: June 2, 2015
Kyle and I stayed at Tamsen's place for roughly three weeks. First off: Haine... view complete review

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From: France Date: May 19, 2015
Good helpx experience . Met lot of charismatic locals and travelers. Excell... view complete review

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From: United States Date: April 24, 2015
Staying at Tamsen's was my first trip to Alaska and I had no idea what to ex... view complete review

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From: United States Date: January 24, 2015
I loved my time at Tamsen’s house. I spent about a month there starting in la... view complete review

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From: France Date: December 30, 2014
Tamsen's house is a sweet place to stay, warm with the heart even cold outsid... view complete review

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From: France Date: December 26, 2014
How could we say thank you to you Tamsen Cassidy just with words! We did so m... view complete review

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From: France Date: December 14, 2014
In first I want to thank Tamsen for his availability when you have a problem ... view complete review

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From: Russia Date: December 11, 2014
I've stayed at Tamsen's farm for one month and it was one of the best vacatio... view complete review

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From: France Date: December 10, 2014
I wonder how can I respond after these kindness reviews... I've no way to exp... view complete review

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From: United States Date: November 18, 2014
My review is coming much too late. I stayed with Tamsen for two months starti... view complete review

Helper: Kay-lee Middendorff Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 26, 2014
I had such an amazing time in Haines! Tamsen is a great host and made me feel... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: July 24, 2014
Hi there, I spent three weeks in Haines. The scenery is just awesome. Already... view complete review

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From: United States Date: July 21, 2014
I spent about five beautiful weeks living and working on Tamsen's farm. Hain... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: April 15, 2014
I have just finished a two week stay with Tamsen. I had lovely experience and... view complete review

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Mosquito Lake and the Haines area must be one of the most beautiful parts of ... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: February 25, 2014
I was fortunate enough to have Tamsen open her home to me for the second time... view complete review

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What to say about Tamsen? it was my first Helpxperience and I had a marvelous... view complete review

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I spent 2 weeks in Tamsen's house.The winter in Alaska is amazing. I wanted t... view complete review

Helper: Arika Porras Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 27, 2013
I had a wonderful time during my stay in Haines, AK. Tamsen is a very kind p... view complete review

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My first helpx experience and it was so nice. I spent three weeks at Tamsen's... view complete review

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From: Netherlands Date: October 22, 2013
Good times at this happy zoo. The 4 weeks I spent here flew by so fast. I tru... view complete review

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A week ago I left Tamsen and her paradise at Haines. It was my first HelpX . ... view complete review

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From: United States Date: August 27, 2013
If you enjoy cooking or baking, you can have the full run of Tamsen's kitchen... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: August 9, 2013
Tamsen is a very nice host. I learned a lot from her especially about baking.... view complete review

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From: France Date: August 2, 2013
We spent 2 good weeks with Tamsen, in Haines. She lives in an amazing area, w... view complete review

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From: Netherlands Date: July 26, 2013
Stayed with Tamsen for about 3 weeks. She took the time to show me around, do... view complete review

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From: United States Date: July 26, 2013
I stayed with Tamsen for a couple months in Haines and theres not a lot more ... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: March 24, 2013
I will never forget my wonderful Winter experience in Mosquito Lake, Haines. ... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: December 28, 2012
Haines has got to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Seeing the b... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: December 10, 2012
Thank you Tamsen for inviting me into your home and letting me be a part of y... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: October 26, 2012
Lovely Tamsen and wonderful Haines. I will never regret the experiences I had... view complete review

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It was my first time doing helpx. Beyond expectation, it had been an unbeliev... view complete review

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An unforgettable experience! Haines AK is an absolutely beautiful part of the... view complete review

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