The Gold Ranch is comprised of 980 deeded acres nestled along the river bottom of the famed Henry’s Fork River in the heart of eastern Idaho’s agricultural landscape. In addition to nearly 1 ½ miles of Henry’s Fork River frontage, there are three spring-fed sloughs that meander through the property for nearly 3 ½ miles: Texas Slough, Mulligan Slough and Bannock Jim Slough. The abundance of water resources coupled with the agricultural component creates a setting on the Gold Ranch for premier waterfowl hunting in the Rocky Mountain West. Through a cooperative effort with local land trusts and government agencies the current owners have completed numerous enhancement projects, providing additional habitat and placing approximately 807 acres of the ranch in protective easements. The Gold Ranch is a true sporting ranch located within close proximity to everyday conveniences in nearby Rexburg and Idaho Falls.
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.
This section of the Henry’s Fork does not carry as many trout per mile as the upper, more heavily trafficked sections of the river. However, the average size of the trout in this section is double that of the upper sections. The largest fish in the two river systems are found in this area. Hopper or dropper fishing is very good for the larger fish in the river in addition to streamer fishing that is typical in spring and fall. Trophy trout in the 6-8 pound range are not uncommon here, and rainbow trout have been landed up to 14 pounds.
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.
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