Jefferson Island Ranch
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Overview: The Jefferson Island Ranch is one of the most recreationally powerful ranches in the northern Rockies. Appealing to sportsmen and families alike, the ranch has something for everyone. The entire acreage of 1,650± also offers a healthy riparian corridor with 3.5± miles of frontage on the Jefferson River, over 3 miles of Fish Creek, a trophy spring-fed fishery, as well as a 1.5-mile stretch of Moose Creek, a spring-influenced creek. There is a wonderful mixture of mature cottonwood forests surrounding grassy parks, wetlands and streams. The ranch’s four different bodies of water mean that the fishing is always productive. Whitetail deer are prolific, as are moose, turkeys, pheasants, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes and more. These sporting opportunities combined with an organically certified agricultural operation create a one-of-a-kind offering.
In the midst of this offering is a ready to move-in ranch. A beautiful log home and guesthouse are nestled beneath towering cottonwoods with a dramatic view over the crystal-clear, trout-filled pond toward the majestic Tobacco Root Mountains. Across the manicured lawn and through the cottonwoods is one of the finest spring-fed fisheries in southwest Montana: Fish Creek. This is a peaceful and picturesque sporting paradise with an abundance of existing recreational opportunities and the potential to create more.
Location: Located less than an hour from the vibrant university town of Bozeman, Montana, 45 minutes from the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and 30 minutes from the historic town of Butte, the Jefferson Island Ranch is easy to reach. The ranch sits 2 miles south of Whitehall and is accessed by a well-maintained county road. The house and guesthouse are located 3 miles from the ranch gate ensuring privacy in a pastoral setting. In addition to the solitude, local restaurants, groceries and the coffee shops of Whitehall are five minutes away. Whitehall is surrounded by a community of 1,167 people, and it is located at an elevation of 4,360 feet. The nearby Deerlodge National Forest has an endless system of trails, lakes and peaks to explore. The Madison, Jefferson, Big Hole, Beaverhead and Ruby Rivers are all located within an hour of town. World-class skiing is available at Big Sky Resort, Bridger Bowl Ski Area and Yellowstone National Park, which are 1.5 hours away.
Improvements: The main residence is a beautiful log home consisting of approximately 4,700 finished sqft with 6 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 4 three-quarter-baths and 1 half-bath. The two loft bedrooms each have stone fireplaces and private baths. There is a stunning great room with 21-foot ceilings and a massive stone fireplace. Tremendous views look over the pond and waterfall with the Tobacco Root Mountains in the background. This is a wonderfully comfortable room, well appointed with tasteful western decor. There are 3 covered porches, front and rear for outdoor enjoyment. The rear area has a stone barbeque with a gas cook top. The main house also has an attached two-car garage that is connected to a carport, which is tied to an additional four-car garage.
Agriculture: The ranch has a long history of productive agriculture. The ranch is certified organic with a turn-key lessee in place. The lessee, Willow Spring Ranch, manages all aspects of the agricultural operation, allowing the current owner to focus on recreational pursuits. Out of the 1,650 acres, the ranch controls the water rights to irrigate up to 832 acres of which 245± acres are currently under center pivot sprinkler irrigation with an additional 587± acres that can be flood-irrigated. The ranch could be operated a number of different ways.
Over eight miles of live water provide a variety of fishing experiences. This ranch has it all from riverbed and large spring creek to an intimate spring creek and a trout-filled pond. The ranch was featured on Trout TV in an episode seenabove.
- 1650± deeded acres located in Madison and Jefferson Counties
- Beautiful log home with accompanying guest home
- Outbuildings include main shop, horse barn, calving shed, and equipment storage shed
- Five groundwater wells on the ranch
- Three Valley center pivots irrigating 245 acres plus flood irrigation
- Organically certified, turn-key livestock operation in place
- 1.3± acre pond with trophy trout
- 3.5± miles of the Jefferson River
- 3± miles of Fish Creek, a trophy trout fishery
- 1.5± miles of Spring Creek
- 2 miles southwest of Whitehall
- 24 miles to Butte and 55 miles to Bozeman
- Excellent hunting for whitetail, pheasant, waterfowl and turkey
- Nearby recreational opportunities at the Deerlodge National Forest and five major rivers
- Located in Madison and Jefferson Counties
- Organically certified, turn-key livestock operation
- 4,700 sqft log home & guest home
- Excellent hunting for whitetail, pheasant, waterfowl & turkey
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