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Live Water Properties Welcomes Tom Hilley to New Missoula Office

Live Water Properties is pleased to welcome Tom Hilley of Missoula, Montana to the Live Water team. Hilley brings 25 years of experience in ranch real estate to Live Water, most recently as broker at Hilley Real Estate. “2016 was another...


Benefits of Group Ranch Ownership

By: Brian Hartley, Broker While the buyer profile for many ranch properties has remained consistent since Live Water Properties’ inception in 2001, we have noted one interesting pattern emerging in key markets. Since the widely-recognized peak of the Rocky Mountain...


Fall Fly Fishing on the Hidden Lake Ranch

As summer was tapering off and the crisp mornings teased autumn’s impending arrival, listing broker Brian Hartley and several guests had one those “you had to be there” days of fall fly fishing on the Hidden Lake Ranch. Cheers echoed...


The Mile High Five at the Tarryall Tailwater Ranch

  The only way a day spent fishing can be improved upon, is when you’re fishing for a good cause.  Last Friday Live Water Properties’ Colorado broker, Brian Hartley, had the pleasure of hosting a fun-loving group of philanthropists and...


Introduced Species in Our Pristine Landscapes

The current threat of parasites affecting whitefish in the Upper Yellowstone River Basin provides an insight of how activity in our pristine areas of the world can impact native plant and animal populations. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks officials say...


Top 5 Secrets for the Jackson Hole One Fly Event

The holiday weekend might be behind us, but for anglers around the West the second weekend in September is a holiday in its own right: it’s the Jackson Hole One Fly Event. Since 1986, anglers have vied for the bragging...


Train for the Thrill of the Hunt

Big Game Hunting Training with Mountain Athlete “Respect the sport, respect the mountain,” is the mantra of Rob Shaul, owner and trainer at Mountain Athlete in Jackson Hole. For over 10 years Shaul and Mountain Athlete have trained world-class athletes and...


National Dog Day | Meet the Dogs of Live Water

“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong” W.R. Purche. We are very fortunate at Live Water Properties to be the owners of such great dogs. They’re more than just pets to us, they live...


Are Grizzly Bears in Yellowstone Ready for Delisting

As a ranch broker in the rocky mountain west I am fortunate to spend a lot of time on great ranches. The scenery and wildlife are a unique bonus to my job.  Seeing a bear is particularly exciting, whether black...


Neurobiologists Say Fly-Fishing Is Good For You

A new feature by Robert Dean recently published in Anglers Club Magazine references an article by the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Neurobiology which digs deeper into the science behind the calming, de-stressing act of fly fishing, and what many...


Find Your Park with Live Water Properties

#FindYourPark this summer and celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th year on August 25. At Live Water Properties we are fortunate to be headquartered in Jackson Hole, the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Not only do we...


Buying a Fishing Ranch – Top Questions to Ask Yourself

Every year passionate anglers from around the world seek the legendary waters of the West. Whether it be Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho or Colorado, each state offers fishing quality and diversity.  If you love big rivers, small mountain streams, lakes,...


Bondurant Family Named Landowner of the Year

Last week, Wyoming Game and Fish named Tim and Tina Delaney of Bondurant, WY landowner of the year. The esteemed award is given each year to “Wyoming landowners who have demonstrated outstanding practices in wildlife management, habitat improvement, and conservation...


Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School… Who says you can’t trick a gorgeous rainbow?

Sure the Green River is a little off-color; the water’s pretty high. But the fishing is not bad, if you don’t mind being creative. We had a warm day, and the sky was clear. Beckett (10) and Spencer (guide) worked...


Fly Fishing 101

Live Water Properties summer intern Jade Tamplin is eagerly venturing to the many rivers, creeks, and tributaries that the Grand Teton area has to offer. Only a novice of the sport, Jade has spent the past week attending a fly...


Hiking in the Tetons

With overcast skies and snow-covered trails, Live Water intern, Will Wright, enjoyed a day-hike to one of Grand Teton National Park’s most renowned destinations, Amphitheater Lake. At an elevation of 9,698 feet, the lake’s surface was still frozen over and...


Morel Mushroom Hunting and Gathering

Live Water agent, Tate Jarry, doubled up a few weeks ago with a rainbow trout along with some morel mushrooms. Morel mushroom “hunting” is a popular springtime activity in the area, as the delicious treats are hard to find but...


Memorial Day in Yellowstone

With a white-capped lake surface, we had a bumpy ride across Lewis Lake to the Shoshone channel in Yellowstone National Park. We were nervous about our decision. Were we striking out too late in the day? Is it too cold?...


Live Water Cleaning Up

The Maher family spent time this weekend at the Trout Unlimited Cleanup. TU’s mission is “to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds,” so it is more than fitting to spend a day cleaning up on Jackson...


Scouting Trip in Colorado

  Last week, the Live Water team spent a few days on the newly listed Winding River Ranch and the Tarryall Ranch. As winter is still showing its colors in the high elevations, Live Water owner, Alex Maher and listing...


Zac Brown Band in Jackson Hole

This weekend, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort hosted the Rendezvous Music Festival and Zac Brown Band  in Jackson Hole. 20 thousand strong came out for the concert in celebration mountain resort’s 50th anniversary.  It was the biggest crowd the resort has ever hosted, and it...


Fly Fishing Highlights of the Year

Get acquainted with the premier trout water in Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington, New Mexico and Utah. We’ve done the research and gathered the finest fly fishing ranches for sale in the West. As experienced anglers, Brokers have extensive fly fishing...


Pinder’s First Chukar

President, Alex Maher, enjoyed a successful chukar hunt this weekend on a good friend’s ranch near Casper, Wyoming, with the Maher’s new yellow lab pup, Pinder Sprite. Chukar and Hungarian partridge numbers are up this year on both private ranches...


The Powder Day Clause

With nearly 20 inches of snow in the past 72 hours at Grand Targhee Resort, the Driggs, Idaho, office at Live Water Properties was all about exercising the powder day clause on Friday morning. The team met up at the...


Best Gear for Holiday Giving Under $200

Once again the holiday season is upon us. While the old adage rings true at this year “Tis better to give than receive” you’ll be extra excited to give these gifts for the angler, hunter, outdoorsman or rancher in your...


Idaho Fishing Ranch

Grizzly Gulch is a stunning mountain property with two wild creeks, timber and big mountain views. The property is located in Warm River, 12 miles east of Ashton, Idaho, and 35 miles north of Driggs. It is bordered by national forest...


NRA Women’s Leadership Forum

“Women are an ever-growing critical force of influence in our nation today. We’re wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends. We’re business owners, stay-at-home moms, retirees, volunteers, college students. We’re hunters, clay shooters, competitors, personal protection experts. And some of us don’t own...


Red Stag Hunting in Scotland

Without question, a red stag hunt in Scotland is at the top of the list of the most exciting and exceptional hunting opportunities in all of big game hunting. At the best estates in Scotland, head gamekeepers highly manage the harvest of their...


Live Water Brokers Give Back

Matt MacMillan and Carlos Ordonez were asked to be judges at the Discussion Meet for the Young Farmers & Ranchers over the weekend. The Young Farmers & Ranchers committee of Farm Bureau provides an excellent opportunity for young farmers, ages 18...


Archery Elk Hunt

Live Water Properties Broker, Robb Nelson recently took his 18-year-old son, Brady Nelson, archery elk hunting in Colorado. On the second day of the hunt, they were able to get near a small heard of elk in the quaking aspen trees....


Born to be Wild in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is often referred to as the last of the Wild West, and while we would argue that there are quite a few wild, open spaces remaining in the West, we can agree that Jackson Hole does offer something...


When the Rubber Hits the River

The saying “when the rubber hits the road” is meaningful when something is about to begin, get serious, or be put to the test. About to begin… The rubber hit the river at dawn for John Merritt, team captain of...


What Does Hunting Season Mean for You?

The kids are back in school, the leaves are beginning to change, the mornings and evenings are just a bit cooler and perhaps you’ve even experienced a little snow already. For most, these changes are an indication that fall is...


Black Tail Invitational Permit Tournament

WorldCast Anglers’ Black Tail Invitational, Permit Tournament Report August 10-14, 2015 – Punta Allen Mexico Live Water Properties was proud to sponsor the 2015 Black Tail Invitational,held in Punta Allen, Mexico in August. It was a huge success! We were able...


Wild Game Chili Recipe

The air is starting to get crisp and that means we can look forward to chili and football season! Enjoy this award-winning chili recipe, and feel free to substitute any wild game on hand. 3 tablespoons peanut oil 1 onion,...


Jackson Hole One Fly 2015

The Live Water Properties Team finishes fifth in the One Fly this year out of the 40 teams on the roster! The 2015 team members are John Merritt, LWP Broker/VP, Brian Hartley, LWP Denver Broker, plus friends of Live Water. Jerry...


Antique Rifle Hunting

LWP Broker, Craig Janssen was recently featured in an article in Sports Afield magazine about hunting big game with antique rifles. In the Custom Shop column, Craig is interviewed about his passion for using vintage rifles while hunting pronghorn antelope and...


Learning to Fish

9-year old Ethan Cardall is learning to fly fish at one of the best places in Wyoming, T Cross Ranch. The ranch sits on 160 acres outside of Dubois, Wyoming and contains over 1 mile of private fishing on the Horse...


Beckett’s Blog for Serious Fun

Last Saturday I was fishing with my two pals Nico and Max. Nico has a hilarious sense of humor. Max is a funny, little rascal who always is there to help, mess around, or be silly. Spencer was our kind...


Paradise Valley Ranch for sale

In the heart of the Paradise Valley is the Yellowstone Springs Ranch, a 1,224-acre ranch on the Yellowstone River. Yellowstone National Park and Livingston, Montana, are each approximately 30 minutes away (in opposite directions). Abundant populations of ducks, geese, mule...


Yakima Canyon Ranch

AAA’s April/May issue of Journey magazine featured a photo of the Yakima Canyon Ranch in an article by fly fishing aficionado Michael Hamilton. The photo was taken at Big Horn, the uppermost part of the Yakima Canyon Ranch and is the top...


Understanding Stream Flows: When to Visit, When to Fish

Planning a trip to the West can be a daunting task especially when you are an angler trying to wade through the many options available in the region. As a local in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley for nearly 20...


Fishing on the Lower Deschutes

May and June on the Lower Deschutes means chasing giant Deschutes redsides with the big bugs. Large salmon flies and golden stones are out in abundance and it does not take long for the native rainbows to key in on...


Bonefish & Tarpon Event

LWP Broker, Craig Janssen pulled this whopper out of the water while on a recent trip to Belize. Craig and his fishing partner Chuck won the 2014 Bonefish & Tarpon Trust tagging event at the Belize River Lodge in Central America. Chuck and...


Wildlife on the Sleeping Dog Ranch

There was no shortage of wildlife on the Sleeping Dog Ranch near Gunnison, Colorado yesterday. When approaching the ranch, our Colorado broker, Brian Hartley, spotted 12 big horn sheep grazing in a meadow just off Cebolla Creek. Once on the...


Live Water Team meets in Jackson Hole

Team Live Water meets in Jackson Hole for an annual training event. The group is here enjoying some quality time on the lawn at Fine Dining Restaurant Group’s Q Roadhouse and Brewing Co. Pictured are John Merritt, Gale Moses, Haley...


Montana Fishing Traditions

  Warmer than normal spring weather in southwestern Montana has brought with it some stellar pre-runoff fishing reports.  During these early spring months the fishing can be amazing as the water temps begin to rise and the fish begin to...


Broadmoor Wilderness Experience

Associate Broker Brian Hartley recently sold this property, which is part of the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs. This is a truly unique property with access to fishing on the Tarryall River, Pike National Forest, and all the amenities offered by the...


Denver Business Journal Nominee – 40 Under 40

Live Water Properties’ broker, Brian Hartley, was a nonimee for Denver Business Journal‘s 40 Under 40 this year. After judging 550 nominations for 375 extraordinary individuals, the Denver Business Journal has selected it Class of 2015 40 under 40 honorees....


Elk Creek Ranch Winter Fishing

Just because the snow is falling doesn’t mean the trout aren’t feeding. The winter months can be some of the best for tricking wily brown trout and line-ripping rainbows on the White River at Elk Creek Ranch. This is one of the...


Dallas Beretta Gallery

Live Water Properties was recently featured as an event partner at the Open Fences and Covey Rise magazines event at the Beretta Gallery in Dallas on January 14th. The event served to promote both magazines, which frequently feature Live Water...


Weatherby Gala

Live Water Properties was a gold sponsor of the Weatherby Foundation International Gala last Wednesday evening. Here are some of Live Water Brokers in their finest at the gala. .  


Idaho Elk in Fall 2014!

Generally my elk hunting season begins and ends in the month of September, bow season.  Something I look forward to every year.  This year however was different as I applied for and drew a late season “any elk” tag, Area...


Live Water Properties Opens New Denver Office

Live Water Properties is pleased to announce the opening of a Denver office as the 13-year old firm continues its growth across the Mountain West. Located in historic downtown Denver, Live Water Properties’ new set of suites is on the...


NRA Women of Live Water

Jane Brown Keller explains how to position yourself along with the best way to follow your target so you’ll get a direct hit. Check out the first episode of Tips & Tactics sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. This episode is...


Trophy Steelhead at the Indian Creek Lodge!

This trophy steelhead was estimated at 31 inches and 12 pounds. The fish was caught on the Trinity River, where the Indian Creek Lodge is nestled. What a beautiful fish! The Trinity River is one of the most beautiful and productive...


Wapiti Hideaway Ranch Barbecue

The Wapiti Hideway Ranch, located near the White River National Forest in Silt, Colorado, hosted a late summer barbecue for a gathering of friends. The Live Water team got a chance to experience the stunning views and all the ranch has to...


Time on the Water

When the fishing is slower on the South Fork, you think, oh no what’s wrong with the fishery.  Normally, it is a remarkable, high-caliber, exciting action river.  But then you just realize when it’s slower, you have to be patient...


Bass on the Fly

Members of the Live Water team Win the 2014 Bass on the Fly Tournament!


Elk Creek Ranch Video

Elk Creek Ranch from Live Water Properties on Vimeo. Elk Creek Ranch is one of the premier fishing and recreational communities in the United States. A world-class retreat ideally positioned on the banks of the legendary White River with access...


Montana Price Reductions

Shields River Valley Ranch – Livingston, Montana Situated 20 minutes from Livingston and 45 minutes from Bozeman, Montana, in the scenic Shields Valley, the Shields River Ranch offers 894± acres of prime production and recreational property in a serene setting....


Recently Sold Ranches

Recently Sold Ranches Elk Meadow Ranch – Alcova, Wyoming Acreage: 1,441 Acres Features: – 4,564 sqft lodge and cabins – State and federal grazing leases – Horse facilities – Sportsman’s paradise Live Water: Frontage on Seminoe Reservoir and Lost Creek; Near...


Oregon Ranch Offered for First Time Ever

Luelling River Retreat Madras, Oregon – 155 Acres – $2,100,000 Reduced! Situated near Madras, Oregon, the Luelling River Retreat is comprised of 155 acres with 1 mile of frontage along the famed 100-mile Lower Deschutes River. For the first time...


Offering in Star Valley, WY

Jasperson Ranch Star Valley, WY – 594 Acres – $3,500,000 The Jasperson Ranch is located in the heart of Star Valley, Wyoming, west of the town of Thayne via a year round County Road 125. The ranch is 1 hour south...


New Ranch Listings in Montana

Little Mission Creek Ranch Livingston, Montana – 586 Acres – $3,500,000 Located southeast of Livingston, Montana, the Little Mission Creek Ranch enjoys privacy and seclusion in a spectacular mountain foothill setting. Consisting of five contiguous parcels totaling approximately 586 deeded...


New Teton Valley Listing

Teton River Confluence Ranch Teton Valley, ID – 723 Acres – $4,900,000 This 723-acre ranch is comprised of a peninsula of land bordered by Badger Creek, Bitch Creek and the Teton River, three of the finest cutthroat trout fisheries in...


Ranch Realtor Roundup: Distinctly Montana Magazine

Live Water Properties Broker Craig Janssen was featured in Distinctly Montana’s Ranch Realtor Roundup: A DM Roundtable interview.  Ranch Realtor Roundup A DM Roundtable Yee-hah! Ranch sales are on the giddy-up again this year. Who is buying, why they’re buying, and...


Colorado Fly Fishing Ranch

Dolores Canyon Lodge and Ranch – Pleasant View, Colorado Offering Price is $1.425M, Reduced from $1.575M This Colorado Fly Fishing Ranch is a one-of-a-kind property located within the Lone Dome Recreation Area in Southwest Colorado. Comprised of 12.8 acres, this ranch...


Montana Cattle Ranch for Sale

Coyote Creek Ranch – Grant, Montana Price Reduced! Nestled at the base of the Pioneer Mountains in the Horse Prairie Valley of southwest Montana in Beaverhead County is the Coyote Creek Ranch. This Montana Cattle Ranch for Sale is comprised...


Recently Sold Ranch

Recently Sold Ranch Grand Vista – Jackson, WY – 248.31 Acres – $25,000,000 Grand Vista is truly a rare offering due to its size and location. The land is essential to the Jackson Hole Valley, not only because of the scenic...


Recently Sold Fly Fishing Ranch

Recently Sold Fly Fishing Ranch The Carney Ranch -Cora, WY – 5,501 Acres – $20,500,000  The legacy Carney Ranch is located in the scenic, tightly-held Upper Green River valley in northwestern Wyoming. Nestled between the iconic Wind River, Gros Ventre,...


Featured Agent Andrew Coulter

 Featured Agent Andrew Coulter For 18 years, Andrew worked with the Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy heading up development and finance. In one four-year period, Andrew’s team carried out a comprehensive conservation campaign that generated $106 Million in gifts...


Colorado Fly Fishing Resort

Colorado Fly Fishing Resort  Reduced! Comprised of 38 acres along the banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River, the Crystal Lake Resort offers exceptional recreational opportunities. With direct access to 1.1 million acres in Pike National Forest...


Lower Deschutes River Fishing Retreat

Lower Deschutes River Fishing Retreat For Sale Situated near Madras, Oregon, the Luelling River Retreat is comprised of 155 acres with 1 mile of frontage along the famed 100-mile Lower Deschutes River. For the first time offered for sale, the...


New Ranch Listing in Wyoming

We are excited to have this new ranch listing in Wyoming. The Jasperson Ranch is located in the heart of Star Valley, Wyoming, 1 hour south of the resort community of Jackson Hole. This 594.9-acre offering is comprised of approximately...


New Listing in Idaho

We are excited to have this new listing in Idaho. This 723-acre ranch is comprised of a peninsula of land bordered by Badger Creek, Bitch Creek and the Teton River, three of the finest cutthroat trout fisheries in the West!...


New Listing in Montana

We are very honored to have this new listing in Montana. The Historic Black Bluffs on the Yellowstone River is situated in Carbon County, Montana, ideally located for the sportsman. This property is situated 30 minutes from the Billings Airport...


Iowa Farm Restoration Burn

Iowa Farm Restoration Burn Each spring on the Prairie Song Farm, the current owner oversees a prescribed burn on the property, a necessity to ensure the prairie savanna remains healthy and strong as well as remove unwanted non-native plants.  Since...


Historic Black Bluffs on the Yellowstone River

New Offering! Take a look at the Historic Black Bluffs on the Yellowstone River is situated in Carbon County, Montana, ideally located for the sportsman. This property is situated 30 minutes from the Billings Airport and 30 minutes from the ski...


River Bend Refuge – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

This hidden gem lies at the entrance to the Hoback Canyon and 20 minutes from Jackson Hole, surrounded by majestic mountains and bordered for well over a ½ mile by the scenic Hoback River. For more details on this exceptional...


Elk Hunting on the Rome Hill Ranch

The abundant wildlife of Rome Hill Ranch adds magnificent value to the overall ranch experience. Elk hunting is tremendous with the average herd ranging from 300 to 800 elk. In 2010, it is said that a game warden counted upwards...


New Listing in Iowa! Prairie Song Farm

New Listing Coming Soon! – Prairie Song Farm, Iowa By: Tate Jarry, Broker If you are like me, an avid fly fisherman who often plans a seasonal trip to a destination trout fishery, I would venture to guess that Iowa...


Wyoming Legacy Ranch – The Carney Ranch

prised of 5,501 varied acres, this legacy ranch is surrounded by the iconic Wind River, Gros Ventre, and Wyoming mountain ranges. Bisected by 7 miles of both sides and 1 ½ miles of one side of the famed upper Green...


Drift Creek Ranch – The Hot New Oregon Ranch for Sale!

Drift Creek Ranch represents one of the last great strongholds of wild salmon, steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout in the lower 48. Comprised of 126 +/- acres of pristine Oregon Coast Range forest, the ranch contains approximately 15 acres of...


Bar Cross Ranch – Incredible Wyoming Sporting Property

A rare offering due to its size, the Bar Cross Ranch consists of 12,045 deeded acres, 1,440 acres of state lease, 15,711 of adjacent National Forest grazing allotment and 3,587 of BLM allotment, for a total of 32,783 acres. The...


RiverSong Farm and Forest Sanctuary in Oregon

SOLD RANCH! RiverSong Farm is a 91-acre Oregon ranch property located in the Hood River Valley, 15 minutes from downtown Hood River and 30 minutes from four ski resorts, Mount Hood Meadows, Timberline, Ski Bowl and Cooper Spur. In the...


Montana Guest Ranch

Situated in the Rocky Mountains of northwest Montana, the 220-acre Laughing Water Guest Ranch provides the ideal backdrop for all types of outdoor activities. The ranch is a full-service guest facility offering activities such as pack trips, cattle drives and...


Double L Ranch Club – Star Valley, Wyoming

Nestled between meandering bends of the Salt River and the rustling aspens, the Double L Ranch affords the most discerning buyers an opportunity to enjoy a true Western paradise that has been carefully planned from the big picture sporting amenities...


Legacy Ranch in Big Sky

It is not often that properties come on the market blessed with virtually all of the amenities that comprise greatness. Even with the vast landscapes that characterize the Rocky Mountain West, it is still a challenge to find the ideal...


New Listing! Little Horse Creek Retreat – Dubois, Wyoming

Located five miles from the charming mountain town of Dubois, Wyoming, this unique offering is comprised of 220 acres. Situated along Little Horse Creek, the ranch has a full set of improvements and is perfect for a corporate or family...


Sheep Creek Ranch – Manila, Utah

Live Water Properties is excited to announce its newest listing in eastern Utah – Sheep Creek Ranch. Located seven miles south of Manila, Utah, and less than one hour south of Green River, Wyoming, the property consists of 234.37 deeded...


The 191 Ranch is Now a Turnkey Operation – Bondurant, Wyoming

The 191 Ranch is now available as a turnkey operation. An incoming owner will have the option to acquire everything he or she would need to begin immediate operation of the ranch. The price of the property encompasses the ranch...


Green Valley Land Trust and Bar Cross Ranch

Standing on a the edge of a butte on the Bar Cross Ranch affords a beautiful view—of the canyons and spires of the Wind River Range to the north and east and the verdant irrigated meadows and bottomland to the...


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