SOLD - McCoy Spring Creek Ranch
Dillon, MT - 1,209 Acres - $10,500,000
The C Lazy G Ranch, also known in the sporting world as the McCoy Spring Creek Ranch, is located near Dillon in Montana’s fabled Beaverhead Valley. This area is renowned for its stunning vistas, including the towering Tobacco Root, Ruby, Highlands and Pioneer mountain ranges. The town of Dillon is the charming western stop for all necessary amenities. The Dillon airport has a 6,500 foot runway that accommodates private airplanes, making private travel to and from the ranch simple and convenient. The nearest commercial airport is in the town of Butte, which is within a 1-hour drive from the ranch. The area is rich in sporting traditions, offering some of the best fly fishing, upland bird hunting and waterfowl hunting in the country. The Beaverhead River is the focal point of the valley, and it provides a solid foundation for all of the other area fisheries, including the spring creeks on McCoy Spring Creek Ranch.
The McCoy Spring Creek Ranch boasts 1,209 +/- acres of pure recreational splendor. With over 3 miles of productive spring creeks, two fishing ponds and many other wetland sloughs onsite, the outdoor opportunities are endless. The land also includes superior water rights. This, coupled with the long growing season, allow crops to be grown both to benefit and attract the area wildlife and to generate income. The acreage is easily accessible from a well-maintained set of roads, and the ranch infrastructure is in outstanding shape. There is currently no conservation easement on this property, offering a great opportunity for preservation while also receiving a tax benefit. All mineral and water rights owned by the seller will convey with purchase.
Improvements on the ranch are tailor-made for rustic Montana summer retreats. The main home, consisting of 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, was built in 1900 and remodeled in 1992. The surrounding porches provide ideal places to enjoy long summer evenings. There are also 2 guest cabins onsite, each with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The guest homes are efficient accommodations for your guests during a sporting visit. A fourth home on the property consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and can serve as staff housing or has potential for rental income. Other improvements include a 1,200 sqft barn, a small functional fly shop, and many outbuildings for ATVs and other recreational items.
This ranch is defined by its creeks and water features, boasting over 3 miles of improved, well-managed spring creeks with ponds and sloughs. Being a direct tributary to the Beaverhead River, the trout population is sure to stay numerous and healthy. Because the ranch was operated as a pay-to-fish business for many years, the owners carefully managed pressure on the fishery and land.
With an extensive variety of stream habitats, these waters present challenges worthy of the most dedicated trout anglers. There is no experience more thrilling than catching big, wild fish in a solitary setting. The creeks have prolific hatches that occur throughout the year. These hatches include midges, many species of mayflies and varieties of caddis. The summer brings the terrestrial season, and the trout are always more than willing to come up for a meal. With many years of stewardship and over a decade of enhancement work, McCoy Spring Creek Ranch features some of the country’s finest spring creek fishing for wild trophy rainbows, browns and brook trout.
Many prestigious local fly shops, guide services, and lodges participated in this business, including Frontier Anglers, the Yellowstone Angler, the Montana Angler, Healing Waters Lodge and the Five Rivers Lodge. All of these world class services can vouch for the amazing fishery at McCoy Spring Creek Ranch. Professional guide services are a great option to acquaint an incoming owner with the water. Please refer to the list of outfitters below as they uphold McCoy Spring Creek Ranch fishing.
In addition to the nearby Beaverhead River, there are many other classic waters accessible by drift boat or wading within an hour’s drive from the ranch. Rivers such as the Big Hole, Ruby and Jefferson can all be reached within minutes of the ranch, and the Madison is a 1-hour drive. All these rivers are the perfect alternative to the private spring creek fishing on the McCoy Spring Creek Ranch.
This corner of Montana is limitless when it comes to outdoor recreation, and the Beaverhead valley is home to some of the best waterfowl hunting in the state. The ranch attracts ducks and geese year round due to its open spring water, as well as its food sources and cover. There is a good population of Ring-necked pheasant for the avid upland bird hunter, as well as a resident Whitetail deer herd that is capable of producing true trophy bucks in the 130-180 class. The ranch currently enjoys a valid Montana Bird Preserve license and stocks 200-400 pheasants per year. The surrounding mountain ranges and plains offer great hunting opportunities for healthy herds of elk, antelope, Whitetail and Mule deer. Moose, Bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goat are also found in the area.
McCoy Spring Creek Ranch is an amazing opportunity to own a true sporting ranch in the world famous Beaverhead Valley. Between the nearby amenities of Dillon, the rehabilitated streams and ponds, and careful past management, this ranch is in outstanding condition for a serious sporting enthusiast. Boasting 1,209 pristine acres of spring creek fishing, wing shooting, and waterfowl hunting, McCoy Spring Creek Ranch is a trophy ownership opportunity.