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ABOUT BIG HOLE RIVER RANCH

The 360± acre Big Hole River ranch boasts 1/2± mile Big Hole River frontage. Situated along a fabulous stretch of the Big Hole with cottonwood lined river bottoms and lush irrigated cropland, the Big Hole River offers legendary fly fishing.
The property is currently operated as a seasonal cattle ranch providing a productive hay base, as well as winter feed ground for cattle and is bordered by BLM on the northwest. Ride “out the gate” and explore the Pioneer Mountains, home to Brownes Lake and Lake Agnes.
Five mountain ranges offer stunning views in all directions. The Ruby and Blacktail mountain ranges provide sweeping views to the southeast. To the west lie the Pioneer mountains. The Highlands, along with McCartney Mountain, provide the eastern view. The property offers rich feed, water and shelter for a vast array of wildlife. Moose, deer, antelope, upland birds & waterfowl frequent the property and elk wander through.
  • The 360± acre Big Hole River ranch boasts 1/2± mile Big Hole River frontage.
  • Water, lush feed and shelter provide a welcoming environment for a vast array of wildlife.
  • Currently operated as a seasonal cattle ranch providing a productive hay base.
  • Modest improvements consist of an 8-Tower Center Zimmatic Pivot covering 120± acres and steel panel working corral system.
  • Additional significant water right to create an additional 30-40 acres of irrigated ground.
  • Fertile soils under the Center Pivot currently in alfalfa-grass mix.
  • The ranch is 40± miles from Butte and 25± miles from Dillon, the county seat.
  • Five mountain ranges offer stunning views in all directions.
  • Moose, deer, antelope, upland birds & waterfowl frequent the property and elk wander through.
  • Bordered by BLM on the northwest.
  • Ride “out the gate” and explore the Pioneer Mountains, home to Brownes Lake and Lake Agnes.
  • A 38 AUM BLM allotment transfers with the ranch.
Conveniently located off I-15; take the Glen exit to Brownes Bridge Road and enter the property from the south or exit at Melrose and travel south on the frontage road. This will take you across the historic Browne’s Bridge and access to the ranch from the north. The small western town of Melrose has a K-8 School, the Hitching Post bar and cafe, a full service fly shop, lodging, RV hook ups and a post office. Glen offers a bar as well as a K-8 school.
The ranch is 40± miles from Butte and 25± miles from Dillon, the county seat. Commercial air service is just 1/2± hour away at Bert Mooney Airport in Butte or private service in Dillon at Beaverhead County Airport. Full services can be found in Butte as well such as fine dining, shopping, and Saint James hospital. The town of Dillon Montana also offers full services including dining, shopping, K-12 school system, Barrett Hospital & Healthcare, as well as the University of Montana Western.
Bozeman is about a 2-hour drive from the ranch
Modest improvements consist of an 8-Tower Center Zimmatic Pivot and steel panel working corral system.
Water Right Number: 41D 117631 00 Version: 2 Status: Active Priority Date: 06/30/1871 Purpose: Irrigation Max Flow Rate: 2.5 CFS Max Acres: 97
Water Right Number: 41D 117632 00 Version: 2 Status: Active Priority Date: 04/30/1922 Purpose: Irrigation Max Flow Rate: 1.44 CFS Max Acres: 187
Water Right Number: 41D 117633 00 Version: 2 Status: Active Priority Date: 10/28/1901 Purpose: Irrigation Max Flow Rate: Max Acres: 187
Water Right Number: 41D 117634 00 Version: 2 Status: Active Priority Date: 06/01/1894 Purpose: Irrigation Max Flow Rate: 8.35 CFS Max Acres: 187
Water Right Number: 41D 117635 00 Version: 2 Status: Active Priority Date: 12/20/1904 Purpose: Irrigation Max Flow Rate: 308.55 GPM Max Acres: 187
Water Right Number: 41D 117636 00 Version: 2 Status: Active Priority Date: 05/01/1910 Purpose: Irrigation Max Flow Rate: 58.34 GPM Max Acres: 187

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The Big Hole River begins at Skinner Lake and flows 155 miles through before dumping into the Beaverhead and Jefferson at Twin Bridges. The River is known nationally as Montana’s Premiere Blue Ribbon Trout Waters. In late May, early June anglers from all over the country flock to the Big Hole River for its famous “Salmon Fly” hatch. The hatch begins around Twin Bridges and moves upstream as far as East Bank. The hatch moves 3-5 miles per day. The ranch also sees tremendous hatches of other insects throughout the year. Caddis, stoneflies and midges make their appearance in the spring of the year and hatch throughout the fishing season. At one time, this was the only river in the U.S. that contains all five trout species: Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats, Brookies and Fluvial Arctic Grayling.
The ranch possesses all the ingredients necessary for wildlife. Water, lush feed and shelter provide a welcoming environment for a vast array of wildlife. Recreational opportunities are seemingly endless as the ranch is bordered by over 8000 acres of BLM leading to thousands of acres of USFS lands and the Pioneer Mountains, home to high mountain lakes and fishing streams and excellent hunting opportunities.And we must not forget about the Big Hole River, which flanks the eastern boundary of the ranch. Whether you like to fly fish, take a leisurely float or perhaps just take a river walk to explore for wildlife, the choice is yours.

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