Land Information

Lower Ranch view

Overview

The Ranch is bisected in two parcels by Interstate 94 running east/west along the northern edge of the topographical bench.  I-94 creates a natural division of the upper and lower portions of the ranch.  The freeway's disturbance is surprisingly minimal, and with the network of private roads and underpasses, there are several safe corridors for livestock, game, and equipment to travel between. 

Lower Ranch view

Lower Ranch

The lower ranch is approximately 500+ acres which is comprised of irrigated fields and pastures.  1000 plus tons of hay are produced every year, depending on rainfall.  Along with several pastures that are used for horses year round, the cattle are also traditionally moved in during winter in preparation for calving.  Additionally; there is an unnamed tributary of the Yellowstone that originates here, and provides excellent stock water.  River access is year round, and the property offers private areas for boat launch.  The shaded and cottonwood lined riverbank is an ideal spot for picnics. 

Fields of green

Upper Ranch

The upper ranch begins where the county road ends, at an admirably robust metal fence.  A coded electric gate ensures only private traffic enters.  With the exception of a large culvert for equipment and cattle under I-94, this is the only access to the upper ranch.  There are 2500+ deeded acres, with an additional 160 leased that combine to comprise the upper ranch.  This northern sloping bench consists of mainly dry land pastures, with timber and ravines throughout.  Historically the upper ranch has been used for grazing with some dry land hay production.  This part of the ranch is perimeter and cross fenced with 1 1/2 miles of high game fence on one border fence line. 

Additional Information

Sand Creek flows northerly through the upper ranch, with excellent stock and irrigation rights.  The ingress and egress is quite pleasing as you drive through the cottonwood lined creek bottom, and then ascend onto the rolling timber lined pastures.  In addition to the aforementioned water; there are also several springs, 11 wells, and a reservoir that provide ample water for the stock and irrigation.  Water rights in Montana are subject to the adjudication process.  Transfer of the water rights does not warrant that right until any judication process has been finalized.  Flood irrigation is utilized for the numerous fields on the lower portion of the ranch.