ABOUT BITTERROOT OVERLOOK ON EIGHT MILE CREEK

Bitterroot Overlook on Eight Mile Creek – This remarkable 736± acre tract of timber and live water contains 7 deeded parcels, is a major wildlife corridor and sits only 30 minutes to Missoula. 2000+ft of year round Eight Mile Creek runs through the property along with numerous springs and three small streams. Adjacent to larger ranches, the sloped terrain has a substantial stand of well managed pine and fir trees and pristine meadows where elk and deer reside. The well established road system provides easy access throughout the property to multiple homesites with commanding views. Bitterroot Overlook borders State land to the north and has strong conservation easement potential. Eight Mile Road provides access to the Forest Service trailhead just a few miles east. Buried power runs along the entire southern border in Eight Mile Creek Road. This property allows you to carve out your vision of the perfect Montana homestead or hunting property.

  • Beautiful views of Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountain Ranges
  • 767± Acres tract in 7 legal parcels
  • Multiple creekside pastures along with elevated build sites with views
  • Over 1/4 mile of Eight Mile Creek runs through property
  • Surrounded by large private landowners
  • Well managed timberland with maturer strands of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir
  • Eight Mile Creek road provides direct access to Forest Service Trailhead
  • Three year round spring fed tributaries of Eight Mile Creek providing excellent wildlife habitat
  • Strong conservation easement potential with Bitterroot Valley Land Trust
  • 10 minutes to Florence, MT, 30 minutes drive south of Missoula, MT

The Bitterroot Overlook on Eight Mile Creek is located south of Missoula and east of Florence, adjacent to the Sapphire Mountain range in the Bitterroot Valley. In 30 minutes you can be in the city of Missoula, population ~73,000, which offers a thriving downtown community with local restaurants, shops and music venues. Missoula is home to The University of Montana, Snowbowl Ski Area and the Missoula International Airport. Ten miles west of Eight Mile Creek Ranch, lies the town of Florence providing a warm welcome and easy access to amenities such as a gas station, grocery and hardware store and post office.

The ranch is accessible from Florence using paved roads via the Eastside Hwy and Eight Mile Creek Rd to the confluence with Granite Creek, then approximately 4 miles on a gravel road long Eight Mile Creek. Gravel roads and jeep trails provide reasonable access to all of the ranch north of Eight Mile Creek.

All water and mineral rights that the seller owns will transfer with the exception of Parcel 2 where 50% of mineral rights will transfer. Strong conservation easement potential with the 7 legal tracts.

Multiple elevated building sites provide big views of the Bitterroot Mountains to the west. An established road system provides easy access throughout the property. The south side of the ranch has several lush creekside pastures and a foot bridge across Eight Mile Creek isalready installed. Eight Mile Creek Road allows access through the 11,000 acre Medicine River Ranch and provides access to a Forest Service Trailhead and the Welcome Creek Wilderness area.

The Eight Mile Creek Ranch and adjoining Bitterroot National Forest are home to a variety of game ranges and habitats, from high mountain areas to meadowed valleys. Big game species include elk, bear, white tail and mule deer, mountain lion and moose. In the last few years, over 20,000 adjacent acres of commercial timberlands have been transferred into the hands of two large private landowners whose goal is to increase wildlife habitat and elk and deer herds in the area. On Eight Mile Creek Ranch, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks estimates that 100 to 150 elk winter on the ranch due to the prime water resource of Eight Mile Creek. The State of Montana Three Mile Wildlife management area to the south makes this property a valuable corridor for elk migration.

With over 80 miles of world-class fishing and hatches all year long, the Bitterroot River is a fisherman’s paradise. Cutthroat and Bull Trout are native to the Bitterroot River but you can also expect large populations of Rainbow and Brown Trout, some topping 22 inches. The Bitterroot River provides many river access sites, one only 10 minutes from Eight Mile Creek Ranch. Montana’s stream access laws provide easy access for wade and float fisherman alike. The ranch lies within an hours drive of the Clark Fork, Big Hole and Blackfoot Rivers as well Rock Creek.

In addition to Snowbowl Ski Area in Missoula, a 45 minute drive from the ranch brings you to Lost Trail Ski Area, a family friendly ski area established on the historic Lost Trail Pass made famous by William Clark. There is also access to 100+ miles of cross country skiing and snowmobile trails at Lolo Pass and Skalkaho Snowpark. Same trails provide excellent mountain biking opportunities in the summer.

Eight Mile Creek Ranch is located south of Missoula and east of Florence, adjacent to the Sapphire Mountain range in the Bitterroot Valley. In 30 minutes you can be in the city of Missoula, population ~73,000, which offers a thriving downtown community with local restaurants, shops and music venues. Missoula is home to The University of Montana, Snowbowl Ski Area and the Missoula International Airport. Ten miles west of Eight Mile Creek Ranch, lies the town of Florence providing a warm welcome and easy access to amenities such as a gas station, grocery and hardware store and post office.

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