Laurel, Montana - 1,374 Acres - $3,230,000
Overview: With 2 ½ miles of private trout fishing along the storied Yellowstone River in addition to world-class upland bird and big game hunting, the Historic Black Bluffs on the Yellowstone River is a classic Montana sporting ranch. Situated in Carbon County, Montana, this property is situated 30 minutes from the Billings Airport and 30 minutes from the ski slopes in Red Lodge, near the town of Park City. While the secluded character of the islands and river corridor has changed little since Captain William Clark memorialized it in his 1806 journal, this 1,374-acre ranch is convenient to resort town amenities. Framed by the Beartooth Mountains, the ranch is ideal for the sporting enthusiast with opportunities to enjoy flushing coveys, rising trout and jaw-dropping views. This end-of-the-road oasis offers the ability for the discerning buyer to add a new chapter to the history of this exceptional ground.
Location: Black Bluffs Ranch is exceedingly private, yet located within a 30-minute drive to Billings and the Billings Logan International Airport with commercial air service provided by Delta, United, Alaska Airlines and Allegiant. Billings is the largest city in Montana and is the major supply hub for eastern Montana agriculture and resource development in the Dakotas. The strength and diversity of the economy continually attract a diverse business mix given its location in a scenic region with abundant water, nearby mountains and public lands. The historic town of Red Lodge, 30 minutes to the south, provides a glimpse back into Montana’s glory days of gold and silver.
Live Water: The Yellowstone River is known by fishermen and naturalists around the world for epic fishing and grandeur along the almost 700 miles from the river’s beginning flow from Yellowstone Lake, to the confluence with the Missouri near the North Dakota border. Different stretches provide unique challenges and opportunities as the river transitions from a fasting-moving, powerful stream near its headwaters to a more relaxed braided river in the lower reaches.
Wildlife and Hunting: Wildlife is abundant on the ranch with elk, whitetail and mule deer, antelope, eagle and osprey, in addition to the coulee and river-island habitat for sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, pheasant, duck and wild turkey. There is a unique mixture of hunting opportunities throughout the Cottonwood River bottoms to the short grass prairie above the bluffs. The river corridor provides excellent opportunities to watch or stalk big game animals. Elk, mule and whitetail deer, moose and black bears are able to be seen living in and traveling throughout the valley. Waterfowl and upland wingshooting is also premier hunting on the ranch. Waterfowl hunting becomes intense with the arrival of the migratory birds traveling to and from the nearby grain fields. The ranch enjoys the possibility of decoying ducks and geese in the morning, and hunting for Hungarian partridge and grouse in the afternoon.
Summary: The Historic Black Bluffs on the Yellowstone River is a premier offering, rich in recreational amenities, as well as historical significance and privacy. Offering miles of prime river frontage on one of Montana’s most publicized rivers, along with incredible upland bird hunting and big game opportunities, the ranch is well-suited for the outdoor enthusiast. All of this and convenient access to the big city amenities of Billings with its international airport located 30 minutes away, and proximity to the charming ski resort town of Red Lodge, make this a remarkable investment opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind Montana ranch.