The Mainstem Forrest continues ranching activities with a conservation grazing program to demonstrate that fish habitat recovery and agriculture are a possibility together. The property offers the McHaley Pond picnic area for visitors. The pond is seasonally stocked with trout for free-fishing day events and day fishing. Fishing is not allowed on the river. The property has ample hiking opportunities and is popular for deer and elk hunting by permission in the fall. The Mainstem Property is the location of the Upper John Day Conservation Lands Program office and staff. There is a kiosk to fill out access permits at the office area (about 1 mile east of Prairie City, with access to McHaley Pond), with public access points at Dads Creek gate on Highway 26, and at the quarry gate on Dixie Creek road.