Krohn Lake Ranch, Montana
Property Types: Farms, Ranches, Waterfront, Home, Cabin, Recreational, Timber Land
Activities & Amenities
Secluded Krohn Lake Ranch is nestled in the Upper Blackfoot Valley, one of the most coveted and pristine locations in the Northern Rockies. The Lewis & Clark expedition passed through here on its way across the Continental Divide, guided by the Nez Perce, who followed this route to the buffalo. Here, you'll find all the comforts of the modern era, along with stunning landscape and a distinctly Western story. The main log and cedar home offers an artful dialogue between modern statements and rustic traditionalism, as well as to-die-for views of privately owned Krohn Lake and the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas. The ranch is an outdoorsman's dream, with access to 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, and a 35-acre private lake stocked with West- Sloped Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout.
Krohn Lake Ranch lies at the end of a 3.5-mile, county-maintained gravel road-close enough to the pavement to make civilization easily accessible, but far enough to give you as much privacy as you require. A River Runs Through It was filmed here in the Upper Blackfoot Valley, about 50 miles northwest of Helena, the state capital. Nearby Lincoln, just 9.5 miles to the West on Highway 200, offers basic goods and services including a grocery store, a gas station, several restaurants, and medical services. Lincoln also has a paved public airport, with a 4200' lighted runway.
This two-story log and cedar home offers thoughtful craftsmanship throughout, with an artful contrast of modern and rustic sensibilities. The grand entry makes a bold statement right away, with a Waterjet precision-cut steel abstraction of fallen trees inlayed into the limestone floor.
A wall of windows greets you in the great room, revealing Krohn Lake itself and the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wilderness areas. There, beneath huge exposed log beams and cathedral ceilings, the view is guaranteed to take your breath away. The craftsmanship continues outside to the 2,000 square feet of covered, Brazilian hardwood decks, strategically placed to offer several vantage points for taking in the views. Custom designed hand rails continue the tree motif, with artful steel posts breaking up the hand-peeled logs at various intervals. What better way to clear your thoughts than to lean on this railing while looking out over the treetops to a peaceful lake and unobstructed mountain wilderness? Inside the house, you can ignore that wilderness-if you like. There, you'll find all the comforts of the city, including a bonus room, exercise room, and theater that opens to a walkout basement. The house is efficiently heated with radiant floors that use your choice of a wood or propane boiler. The attached three-car garage and another detached two-car garage are also plumbed for radiant floor heat.
The magnificent, arched property entrance was built with trees that lived during Lewis and Clark's expedition, while the gateway itself is secured with a DKS intercom system. An IP surveillance system incorporates seven commercial Arecont cameras that record comings and goings on the property 24/7. Northwest Energy supplies power to the ranch, and the main home and guest cabin have 12Kw and 20Kw backup generators, respectively. The property is connected by improved gravel roads throughout.
More than 200 years ago, the Lewis and Clark expedition followed a fork of the Blackfoot River across the Continental Divide, on the advice of Nez Perce guides, who called this route the Road to the Buffalo. On their way, Lewis and Clark passed through what is now Krohn Lake Ranch. Sergeant Patrick Gass, a member of the expedition, describes it in his field notes:
Having gone about five miles, we crossed the main branch of the river, which comes in from the north, and up which the road goes about five miles further and takes over a hill towards the east. On top of this hill there are two beautiful ponds, of about three acres in size. We passed over the ridge and struck a small stream, which we at first thought was the headwaters of the Missouri, but found it was not. Here, we halted for dinner. - Sergeant Patrick Gass, July 7, 1806
In 1882, John Krohn homesteaded the area and gave the largest lake its name, and in 1865, miners struck gold in nearby Lincoln Gulch. Today, the Blackfoot Valley rests in the hands of some of the most prominent and ardent conservationists in the world, with limited private property available. Its rural character and stunning landscape will be protected forever.
The Continental Divide bisects this region, making it an outdoorsman's dream. On the east slope lies Sun River Canyon and on the west, the beautiful Blackfoot Valley. On the ranch, you'll find various species of Conifers, Aspen groves, grasses and wetlands. Trees and grounds have been professionally maintained over the past 15 years, to promote a healthy forest and to improve wildlife habitat. You'll find no shortage of wildlife here: A migratory elk trail runs through the ranch, and Krohn Lake is stocked with West-Sloped Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout. For recreation enthusiasts, the ranch offers direct access to 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, as well as abundant opportunities for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, hunting and horseback riding.
Corder and Associates, LLC
Fort Benton, MT 59442
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