Located 6 miles southwest of Rexburg, Idaho, the Gold Ranch is situated on the banks of the famous Henry’s Fork River. The city of Idaho Falls is 20 minutes south and provides all major conveniences including commercial air service. Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort is nearby, just over one hour drive east. Rexburg represents the junction of Highway 33 and Highway 20 and is home to BYU-Idaho’s four-year university. Highway 20 runs south to Idaho Falls and north to Island Park or Yellowstone’s western entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana. Highway 33 runs east to the resort valley surrounding the town of Driggs and over Teton Pass to Jackson Hole. Within three hours by Highway 33 is Sun Valley or Beaverhead, Big Hole and Ruby River areas in Southwestern Montana. The Teton, South Fork, Warm, Fall, Snake and Madison Rivers are all within 90 minutes. Targhee National Forest surrounds the entire basin with thousands of acres for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, snowmobiling, skiing, photography and rafting. Yellowstone National Park’s southwestern backcountry entrance is 35 minutes northeast of the ranch. The Gold Ranch lies among eastern Idaho’s agricultural landscape with wonderful views of the Big Hole Mountains and year round county road access.
The ranch consists of 980 deeded acres defined by numerous wildlife-rich water resources and the operational agricultural component. The western portion of the property borders the Henry’s Fork River for 1 ½ miles while three spring-fed sloughs bisect the property on an east-to-west path for nearly 3 miles and offers great habitat for fish and waterfowl. Enhancement work has been completed on several areas of the ranch to include a Trumpeter Swan Preserve, a mallard marsh, a turkey pond as well as the implementation of several watering systems that allow for seasonal flooding of the agricultural fields following the fall harvest.
Henry’s Fork River, meanders through the Gold Ranch for 1 ½ miles, and it is a classic wild trout fishery, perhaps the most notable in the western United States. From its inception near Island Park, the river takes on a spring creek and tailwater quality through the famous Railroad Ranch section, transitioning into freestone canyon habitat and back into a freestone meadow river above the Ashton Reservoir. Another tailwater emerges downstream of Ashton and is joined by water from the Fall River and both forks of the Teton River before heading downstream of the Gold Ranch. The confluence of the Henry’s Fork and the South Fork is 3 miles downstream of the ranch.
It is no secret that this Rexburg region on the Henry’s Fork provides tremendous waterfowl migrations for ducks and geese, and the Gold Ranch is ideally located within this flyway. With 1 ½ miles of Henry’s Fork frontage, three separate spring-fed sloughs totaling 3 miles, grain fields, numerous waterfowl enhancement projects coupled with a sound management practice have made this an amazing waterfowl hunting ranch.
The Gold Ranch is conveniently located within 20 minutes of the Idaho Falls commercial airport and in the middle of the finest fly fishing region in the country. With a quiet, pastoral setting the Gold Ranch offers fantastic trout fishing and exceptional waterfowl hunting, making it an ideal sporting ranch retreat.