Feels Like Gold Farm, Montana
Property Types: Vacant Land, Farms, Ranches, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
Careful attention to conservation and stewardship are the focus of the current landowner’s conscientious farm practices. Small grains including wheat and barley are predominantly grown with yields comparable to the surrounding area’s top crop averages. This property’s pristine soils were placed in the Conservation Reserve Program many years ago and then put back into production in 2014. Exceptional weed control has been a focus which could make this property a potential organic farming operation. Numerous grain elevators are just a short haul away making commodity sales convenient. A flour mill is also in close proximity for milling and specialty crops. The productive soils join desirable grassy river breaks inviting both cattle and abundant wildlife. The Teton River flows a short half mile away from the property as a watery playground for waterfowl and as a drinking source for wildlife.
Nestled in Chouteau County, the heart of the Golden Triangle, this area is known for having the top producing soils in the world. Chouteau County is the top ranking county in Montana for winter wheat production. Chouteau County produced nearly 2 1/2 times as much as the next largest county in 2015. In 2007 this county produced more wheat than any county in the United States. This property has breathtaking views of the Highwood Mountains, bursting with countless hunting and recreational opportunities. This farm is home to one of the best Pheasant, Sharp-tailed Grouse and Hungarian Partridge hunting areas in Montana. Antelope, Whitetail and Mule Deer are abundant as well as first class Elk hunting just 20 miles east in the Highwood Mountains.
The climate in the summer is typically hot and dry, cooling off in the evening, especially in the river valley. Although the winters are cold, the area receives brilliant winter sunshine and crystal clear blue skies. This particular property catches some very timely moisture throughout the year due to local storms that tend to follow the river drainage.
Amazing trophy animals are harvested annually due to the general draw area. This property is located in hunting district 400 for Deer and Elk and 404 for Antelope. 300 Antelope permits were issued for either sex tags last year. Because this farm borders over ten thousand acres of BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, the avid outdoorsman can take advantage of its unlimited recreational opportunities. World class fishing on the Missouri River located only 4 miles away offers a wide variety of game and non-game fish including Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Arctic Grayling, Black Crappie, Burbot Channel Catfish, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike, Paddlefish, Sauger and Shovelnose Sturgeon. Upland bird opportunities abound for all skill and interest levels on this farm. Upland season begins Sept. 1 with Mountain Grouse, Sharptail Grouse, Sage, and Partridge. Pheasant hunting starts Oct. 8. All seasons end Jan. 1 with the exception of Sage Grouse, which ends Sept. 30. Many quaint small towns are ready to welcome you and are just a short drive from the property and are equipped with all of the amenities required to continue farming or to make a home site. Known as the Birthplace of Montana due to its amazing history, Fort Benton is the nearest town and is one of the oldest settlements in the American West. This charming, hospitable town is famous for being a fur trading post and the last stop for steamboats coming up the Missouri River. America’s longest river’s headwaters are located near the Montana town of Three Forks. Right from the start the Missouri runs swift and wide on its long journey across North America to join the Mississippi over 2300 miles away. The glorious swift currents of late spring and early summer make this spectacular river popular with recreational floaters. This land by the Missouri has not substantially changed from the time it was explored by the Lewis and Clark Expedition over two centuries ago. The portion of the Missouri River from the Robinson Bridge to Fort Benton has been designated Wild and Scenic.
Fort Benton is a living tribute to the days when the West was wild, the landscape uncharted and rivers connected the country. Walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, visit historical landmarks or float and explore the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument considered the best place in the nation to experience the Lewis & Clark Trail. Fort Benton is nestled alongside the Missouri River on the High Plains of Montana. The region defines Big Sky Country with its blue dome of sky overhead, the Rocky Mountains faintly in view and the sacred buttes and peaks of Central Montana looming nearby.
Canoe and Floating
The Wild and Scenic Missouri River, Teton River, and Marias River flow in the Fort Benton area. Each provides a flat water canoe or float experience. You can bring your own canoe or rent one and head out on the river, or you can arrange a guided trip by one of the many capable river guides located in the area. Along the way you will spot majestic bald eagles, deer, beaver, geese, cranes, and hear the yelp of a lonesome coyote, The Wild and Scenic River is considered the best place in the nation to experience the Lewis and Clark Trail. Witness the legendary White Cliffs of the Missouri, the area described by Captain Lewis as “…scenes of visionary enchantment.” Bighorn sheep and elk can be seen deep within the Missouri River breaks and frequent the riverbank. Museum of the Northern Great Plains The Museum of the Northern Great Plains is the official museum of agriculture for the state of Montana. It tells the story of three generations of farmers from 1908 until 1980. It is about their lives, culture, and their work. The museum has 30,000 square feet of exhibition space with a village of businesses from the homestead era of the 1920's. The facility contains a research library and archives with meeting rooms and facilities for programs, seminars, and workshops. On the four-acre site is an outside exhibit of unique antique farm machinery. The museum is open mid-May to mid-September and is across the street from the high school football field. Museum of the Upper Missouri The history of Fort Benton and the Upper Missouri River region from 1800 to 1900 is yours to explore at this Museum. It highlights the important role Fort Benton played in the settlement of the American West as a trading post, military fort and the head of steamboat navigation on the Missouri River.
Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center
The Interpretive Center is located in Fort Benton, Montana, and interprets the grandeur and wonder of Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River and the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. From hands-on exhibits and special educational programs to a relaxing riverside walking trail, our facility tells about the area's cultural and natural history.
Fort Benton's Signal Point Golf Course has 9 holes overlooking the Wild & Scenic Missouri River and is considered to be one of the finest, most challenging 9 hole courses in the State. The golf course has a pro and well-equipped pro shop with rentals available if you don't have your own equipment with you. One mile southeast on Hwy. 87.
Historic Fort Benton Site
The Fort was originally built in 1846 as a trading fort by the American Fur Company for trade with the Blackfoot. The remaining blockhouse is the oldest man made structure in the state. The completed Fort buildings are now open to the public. Guided Tours are offered from the end of May through the end of September. The tours originate at the Museum of the Upper Missouri.