Little Muddy Creek Ranch, Montana
Property Types: Vacant Land, Farms, Ranches, Waterfront, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
Wrangle up the cattle and roam the 3,647.77 acres of rangeland. This ranch located in the “Last Best Place” of central Montana has fertile soils, flat, level fields and abundant water availability. Virtually untouched, the region is valued for its consistent high-quality grain production and nutrient-dense grasses. Free and clear of all restrictions and covenants, the versatility of the land presents opportunity for the discerning buyer that is interested in making an investment in a unique property. There are numerous ways of producing income and possibilities for a cattle operation. The grassland can be leased out for grazing to yield income. The property is currently leased out and has been for the last several years generating $122,800 per year of income. The ranch encompasses everything needed to raise a ranch including a potential for crops, wholesome grasses, good fences creating six separate pastures and several life-giving water sources. Two creeks traverse the property: Little Muddy Creek and Dry Fork Creek. There are four developed springs and an Artesian well. Cattle or livestock won’t have to stress about finding hydration. The land spans wide and far with views of Square Butte, a distinguished landmark in the Sun River Valley. Access is ideal and easy off Interstate 15; one direction will take you to Great Falls, the third largest city in Montana and complete with an International Airport. Turn the other way and drive to Helena that also has a commercial airport. The property has a corral with a ramp signifying the ease of shipping cattle.
The area in which the property lies is rich with recreational opportunities that embrace the Montana lifestyle. Hunting records display the glaring chance to seek a trophy. An 80+ point antelope was recorded in the top ten for Pope and Young for Montana for bow hunting. Several antelope that scored 80” or more have been harvested from the property. The cattails and native grasses create an environment that attracts antelope, deer, upland game birds, grouse, waterfowl and migratory birds. Geese and ducks find solace on Little Muddy Creek. The migratory birds heading for warmer wintering lands follow the Pacific Flyway from their breeding grounds. Bird watchers can find different species of songbirds and the frequent game birds that include pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridges. The Missouri River, Smith River and Hardy Creek are all in close proximity for fishing, boating, kayaking or water activity. Whether in the market for grass, ranching, hunting land, places to fish or just to enjoy nature and Montana’s natural surroundings, this ranch has the ultimate mixture of grassland, wetland, and flat rangeland.
Follow the Missouri River out of the vast, grand mountains until it flows out to the rolling plains, and there, you’ll find the delightful fishing town of Cascade, Montana. There are unlimited opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors here including wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting. Should you need a bite to eat or some bait, Cascade retains a grocery store, gas station, post office, couple lively bars, and fun hardy folks! Get out and about and notice the numerous public fishing access spots along the mighty Missouri River. Cascade serves as a popular location to start a float down the river. Additionally, Eagle Island or Hardy Bridge also offer day use for river access. If you want a short escapade, take the day trip to the Crown Butte Preserve that is located halfway between Cascade and Simms. Hike to the flat-topped buttes and revel in the natural grassland vegetation 1000 feet above the great plains below. If you’re in the mood for some history, stop by the Cascade Senior Center and Museum for a taste of local history.
Great Falls, MT is located in the central part of the state and straddles the mighty Missouri River. The seat of Cascade County is referred to as the “Electric City” because of its numerous dams and power plants. Great Falls includes many recreational activities for you and your family to enjoy together such as the C. M. Russell Museum that displays famed artist Charlie Russell’s works and home. Get outside and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Giant Springs State Park or float and fish the Missouri River. The city boasts the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The center provides displays and exhibits that trace the explorers’ journey! Great Falls holds one of the most prestigious medical facilities in the state and offers an International Airport. Great Falls International Airport offers flights of Alaska, Allegiant, Delta and United, with direct flights to Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Chicago (seasonally). With too much to list, Great Falls awaits exploration, and you are sure to cherish the memories that you will make!
Ulm, Montana is a small community comprised of mostly ranchers and farmers 12 miles southwest of Great Falls off I-15. Historically, Ulm came to be as a result of the Great Northern Railway coming through in 1887. The railroad provided a local shipping point for wheat, cattle, and other agricultural commodities.
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
This buffalo jump is considered to be the largest bison cliff jump in the United States. The native people utilized the jump for at least two thousand years before Lewis and Clark ventured through on their expedition through Montana. The park has an interpretive trail, picnic tables, and a protected black tailed prairie dog town.
Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area
The Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area is located between Fairfield and Choteau and is known for the massive snow geese and tundra swan migrations that take place in the spring and fall.
Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge
This shallow basin was left as a result of the last glacier in the area. It covers over 5000 acres and is a bird haven. The refuge supports a variety of wildlife and migratory waterfowl.
Each February a drawing is held to designate 9 lucky entries permits to float. The river’s popularity is a result of the various terrains and spectacular sights that are cherished throughout a float trip. The Smith River begins near White Sulphur Springs and twists and turns for more than 100 miles. The stretch of river from Camp Baker Access to the Eden Bridge is the most popular stretch. The fishing throughout is exceptional with populations of brown and rainbow trout ranging in sizes from 13-16 inches long. The larger brown trout scatter in the deep pools or hover along undercut banks.
Dearborn River Area
The emerald-green and blue waters of the Dearborn River begin in the Scapegoat Wilderness and gently flows for more than sixty miles to the confluence with the Missouri River near Craig, MT. This area is all about fishing as it should be when located on one of the world’s premier trout streams. Fishing guides, fishing lodges, and fishing shops stipple the valley where there are more drift boats on the water than people in the community! In this area, you will find miles of forested wilderness giving home to varieties of wildlife and activities such as hiking, camping, birdwatching, photography, scenic drives, and outdoor adventure!
Premier Fishing and Hunting
There is one entity that draws thousands of visitors from all around the world and that is the fishing. This section of the Missouri is known for its Blue-Ribbon Trout fishing. These waters are filled with nutrients from the cold tail waters from the bottom of Holter Dam creating a smorgasbord of feed for those finicky fish. As a result, the population of Rainbow and Brown Trout surge averaging at about 7000+ fish per mile of river. These fish are frequently greater than 10 inches in length! The river is a playground offering year-round fishing. In addition to the plethora of fishing access sites along Interstate 15, there are numerous streams and creeks in the area to tackle. Holter Lake is a short 15-minute drive up above Holter Dam and is home to the “Gates of the Mountains.” From there, Hauser Lake and Canyon Ferry Lake also provide excellent fishing and boating.
The central location puts you in the middle of tremendous hunting opportunities. Montana offers millions of acres of public lands for which to roam and hunt on as well as diverse habitats providing homes to the many different species of wildlife. The avid hunter can pursue big game animals including white-tailed and mule deer, elk, antelope, big horn sheep, mountain goats, mountain lions, and black bear. Upland birds and waterfowl also provide excellent prospects.