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**SALE PENDING!!** Road To The Buffalo Ranch - Lewis and Clark County, MT
Road to the Buffalo Ranch
2,774 +/- Acres - Lewis and Clark County, MT
Property Note: Seclusion. Abundant Water. Private Hunting & Fishing. Historical Significance.
The Nez Perce called this ancient trail “Qoq’aalx ‘Iskit!” meaning “Buffalo Road.” Although Meriwether Lewis had the native spelling wrong in his journal, he did however translate it correctly as “Road to the Buffalo.” The well-worn trail crossed the Continental Divide at a low pass and is still used today as a migratory path for diverse wildlife.
This contiguous property totals 2774 +/- deeded acres in Lewis and Clark County near Lincoln, MT. The opportunity to purchase this non easement holding that borders mostly National Forest and State ground is hard to find. This is a big game and fishing sportsman’s paradise. Species on the property include Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail, Moose, Mountain Goat, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, Wolves, Waterfowl, and Trout.
Location: North East of Lincoln, MT 15 miles on Hwy. #200.
From Lincoln, MT: Drive 10 miles east on HWY 200. Turn north on to Alice Creek Road and go 5 miles. The property starts shortly after the 3rd cattle guard.
Working Ranch Attribute’s:
While maintaining the immense habitat for such a wide array of wildlife, this ranch also serves as a working ranch where the owners have diligently invested into fences, gates, and structure maintenance. Additionally, this ranch is coupled with over 30 registered water right claims. This ranch has been leased in the past for summer grazing allowing over 200 cow/calf pairs from June through October with plenty of forage leftover. The grass in the past has been managed to provide abundant forage for the wildlife with only half of the ranch being utilized for livestock grazing. With the infrastructure, grazing, and abundance of water this property possess it offers many possibilities- a working ranch, private retreat, outfitter headquarters, and much more.
Another significant attribute of this ranch is that it has been well managed with natural stewardship practices and none of the properties are under a conservation easement agreement. This is rare in this region as many properties in the surrounding area are under conservation easements including two of the three bordering properties to this ranch.
The Road to the Buffalo Ranch is outlined on three sides by the Continental Divide as well as the Scape Goat Wilderness which is part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex- the definition of seclusion! The southern border of the Alice Creek Ranch also shares a boundary with a state section.
Community and Surrounding Areas
Lincoln, Montana is the nearest community to the ranch and offers the best of Western Montana services including a municipal airport, gas stations, bars & restaurants, a grocery store, landscape & handyman services, and a hardware store - a classic western Montana small town.
The Road to the Buffalo Ranch is set in the heart of mountainous terrain yet, recreational opportunities and modern conveniences are quite accessible. Great Divide Ski Area is only 35 miles away. Helena, Montana’s capitol, is only 50 scenic miles from the ranch. It offers all amenities of a large city as well as the Helena Regional Airport.
Wolf Creek, another scenic drive through Roger’s Pass, takes you to the Missouri River Basin where world class fly fishing and Holter Lake can be reached in a short 41-mile journey. Holter Lake is a 24-mile-long body of water that spans a surface area of 4,800 acres. A historical highlight of the lake is a narrow 5-mile stretch marked at its downstream end that Captain Meriwether Lewis recorded as the Gates of the Mountains.
Great Falls lies northeast of the ranch 82 miles and is a major agricultural and business hub for northwestern Montana offering all major amenities including the Great Falls International Airport.
Missoula is 92 miles away following the famed Blackfoot River for much of the drive and offers many recreational opportunities, modern conveniences and an international airport.
Bozeman, also maintaining an international airport, is 150 miles to the south that offers modern amenities, Montana culture, and endless year-round recreational activities.
Acres: 2,774 +/-
Legal: S07, T15N, RO7 W, LTS 2-4, S2NE4, SE4NW4, E2SW4, SE4; S08, T15 N, R07 W, SW; S08, T15 N, R07 W, SE4; S08, T 15 N, R07 W, N2; S05, T15 N, R07 W, ALL; S04, T15 N, R07 W, LTS 1-10, LT 12, NW4SW4; S33, T16 N, R07 W, ACRES 48.61, H.E.S. NO. 1232; SO4, T15 N, R07 W, SE4; S04, T15 N, R07 W, LT 11, S2SW4, NE4SW4
Taxes (2019): $3667.11
The Road to the Buffalo Ranch is known to some as the Crown Jewel of the Continental Divide. In addition to the surrounding wilderness areas, this breathtaking ranch is home to Alice Creek, one of the first tributaries of the famed Blackfoot River, which runs over 2 miles along the eastern edge of the property. Alice Creek is dotted with beaver dams creating several different pockets of trout holding water. Truly spectacular views are framed by verdant meadows and outlined by sparkling spring creeks at a 5400’ valley floor elevation and reaching to over 6200’ elevation of timbered peaks and mountain sides.
Yet even with the mountain terrain, the ranch is very accessible with many old logging roads and newly refurbished roads. The access provided by the property roads not only makes it perfect to scout for a bugling Elk in the fall but, also makes field dressing and packing out big game a breeze.
Although the ranch supports a resident herd of 200 Elk it also provides habitat for Mule Deer, Whitetail, and Moose in addition to the seasonal livestock grazing pastures. The abundance of forage on the ranch has been cohesively managed for both wildlife and livestock production.
The ranch has two rustic cabins that are heated by both propane and a wood stoves. Together, the two cabins comfortably sleep 8 people. Included with the cabins is a log shed along with a log outbuilding that houses a propane heated shower. This area serves as an excellent outpost for a hunting camp or could be used to house guests as well.
Legal: S07, T15N, RO7 W, LTS 2-4, S2NE4, SE4NW4, E2SW4, SE4; S08, T15 N, R07 W, SW; S08, T15 N, R07 W, SE4; S08, T 15 N, R07 W, N2; S05, T15 N, R07 W, ALL; S04, T15 N, R07 W, LTS 1-10, LT 12, NW4SW4; S33, T16 N, R07 W, ACRES 48.61, H.E.S. NO. 1232; SO4, T15 N, R
Tax Year: 2019