ABOUT BIG SPRING SPORTING RANCH
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the South Moccasin Mountains, Big Spring Sporting Ranch spans 448± contiguous deeded acres with .8± miles of Big Spring Creek frontage and .75± miles of Cottonwood Creek frontage. Big Spring Creek is one of the best blue ribbon trout fisheries in Montana. The ranch boasts a wide variety of hunting opportunities in some of Central Montana’s best hunting districts, with outstanding habitat for deer and upland birds and a lush wetland complex that attracts significant waterfowl during the fall migration. The owner’s residence is a newly remodeled high end 3,500 sq.ft. home built above a beautiful creek bend with exceptional views of the Judith Basin to the west, Moccasin Mountains to the north, and the Big and Little Snowy Mountains to the south.
- 448± deeded acres, .8± miles of Big Spring Creek Frontage Including, .6± miles of both sides•.75± miles shoreline access on both sides of CottonwoodCreek
- Year-round access
- Year-round fishing for brown and rainbow trout
- Excellent hunting for whitetail deer, upland birds, and waterfowl
- 10-acre high-fenced ranch headquarters featuring a 3,500sq ft. luxury home with 4 beds, 3 baths, and gourmet kitchen,detached garage, barn, sheds, and fruit trees
- Protected with a Conservation Easement
- Located only 6± miles from Lewistown, MT
- Any and all water and mineral rights owned by seller will convey at closing to buyer
Big Spring Sporting Ranch is a quick and easy 10 minute drive on paved roads to Lewistown, MT. Lewistown Municipal Airport can accommodate a wide variety of private aircrafts. The close proximity of the ranch allows you to hunt, fish, and spend time in solitude with your family on 448± private acres while still enjoying easy access to services and amenities.Lewistown, MT has a population of 6,500 and is conveniently located within a 2 hour drive to Billings and Great Falls, MT and is a 2.5 hour drive from Bozeman, MT. The tree-lined streets of this small town contain several first-rate restaurants and plenty of retail shopping for locals and visitors alike.
The main ranch headquarters encompasses 10 acres surrounded by a deer-high perimeter fence, and includes a high-end 3,500sq ft newly remodeled owners residence, 3 sheds, and a detached two-car garage.
The ranch’s original headquarters now serves as a manager’s home and includes numerous outbuildings such as a 24’ x 40’ barn, a 32’ x32’ shop, working corrals and grain silos. The energy efficient and light-filled home contains large windows throughout with sweeping views of the Judith Basin. The 4 bedroom and 3bathroom home includes a master suite and 3 guest bedrooms. On the main level, a gourmet kitchen offers panoramic views, 2 kitchen islands and features a Tulikivi soapstone fireplace with built-in pizza oven.The home also includes a recreation room, office and exercise room with sauna. Three outdoor decks and a fire pit create an inviting outdoor space with excellent views. In addition to the home, the property includes a detached double car garage with a carport on either side for additional parking and storage.
Any and all water and mineral rights owned by the seller will convey at closing to the buyer.
Big Spring Ranch is protected by a conservation easement. Conservation easements keep land in private ownership while allowing a qualified land trust to achieve conservation goals such as ensuring water quality, fostering the growth of healthy forest, maintaining and improving wildlife habitat and ensuring that lands are managed so that they are always available for sustainable agriculture and forestry.
Big Spring Creek is one of Montana’s best-kept secrets. At 30 miles long, it is the largest spring creek in the state and the third-largest spring creek in the world. The creek originates from a first-magnitude artesian spring and runs through Central Montana passing through Lewistown before it makes its way through the Big SpringSporting Ranch for .8 miles. Big Spring Creek is on average 38 feet wide and 18 inches deep and provides 99.9% pure, ice cold water and is fishable year-round.Big Spring Creek is located hours away from more popular rivers and streams, so it gets far less seasonal traffic than other fisheries. The Creek runs through Lewistown and also in a channel underneath the town, providing fresh water supply. The waterway has long been a part of Montana’s history, used as a campground during the Nez Percewar in 1877, irrigation for Lewistown and power for a flour mill in the early 1900’s and host to a WPA trout hatchery in the 1930’s. Today,the creek is best known for trout fishing, with anglers landing rainbow trout up to 16 inches and brown trout up to 19 inches in the estimated1500 catch-able fish per mile.Big Spring Sporting Ranch also affords access to Cottonwood Creekbefore the two merge. Cottonwood Creek is a seasonal fishery, and is most productive during spring and fall.
The property’s diverse terrain provides ideal habitat for wildlife. Big Spring Creek and Cottonwood Creek meander their way through the property,creating a lush riparian corridor. Alfalfa hay bottoms and grain fields mixed with scattered timber create a sustainable wildlife habitat. Big Spring SportingRanch boasts huntable numbers of upland birds, including pheasants,Hungarian partridge, sharptail grouse and turkey. The extensive wetland complex also attracts huntable populations of waterfowl – heightened during the fall migration. Whitetail deer are plentiful and trophy class bucks have been harvested on the ranch. Elk periodically pass through Big SpringSporting Ranch, and nearby areas offer exceptional elk hunting opportunities.