Milk River Ranchette, Montana
Property Types: Farms, Ranches, Waterfront, Home, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
- Detached Garage
Come home to this recreational haven! Enjoy the incredible catfishing in the Milk River right on your own property. Drive a few minutes away to Fort Peck Lake for boating, picnicking, or fishing for walleye, northern pike, or salmon. Hunt on your own 71 acres or enjoy the acres of public land in the area. If hunting on your property doesn’t suit you, simply enjoy the slower pace of life, and watch the wildlife roam through the large windows in your dining room or on a hike around the property. Pick the wild chokecherries that grow through out. The fertile soil on these 71 acres has historically produced a great bounty in the gardens, ample grass, and lush vegetation for a few livestock animals. You could truly “live off the land” on this Milk River Ranchette! The custom-built home highlights unique and impressive features! The large kitchen gathers family around. The large living room and den complete with a wet bar invite you to settle in for the evening. The Norwegian built in cabinets in the kitchen provide ample storage for kitchen gadgets and food. A built-in desk also in the kitchen makes for a great command center. An additional office offers privacy to work away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. Birch paneling and oak flooring throughout most of the house adds a distinguished look and warmth. Red wood walls encompass the den, and knotty pine walls make up the office and built-in gun cabinet. A new unit is all that is needed for the central air to cool the home while hot water baseboard heats the home powered by natural gas. The boiler for this was replaced in the late 1990s. The 3-car garage with an additional storage room provides shelter for your vehicles and more!
Glasgow, Montana is the county seat of Valley County. It was established in the late 1800s as a railroad town. The rolling plains and open farmland characterize the scenery of this rural town. Visit the Valley County Pioneer Museum for a glimpse of fossils, artifacts, railroad, aviation, and wildlife collections. The Milk River meanders through the area for a few more miles until it empties into the Missouri River near Fort Peck Dam. Fort Peck Lake offers recreational opportunities such as boating, floating, fishing, hunting and more. Visit the Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum that displays the various animal species of Fort Peck Lake and the Missouri River. The featured attraction is the life-size model of Peck’s Rex, the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the lobby. South of Glasgow is the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
The Milk River
Forty-one different species of fish swim the milky waters of the Milk River. One of prominence is the Channel Catfish. On May 8, 1805, the first “tourists” to this region, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, camped at the confluence of the Milk and Missouri rivers, about 18 miles southeast of present-day Glasgow. After exploring the river, Lewis called it “Milk River” because of its color resembling that of a “cup of tea admixture of a tablespoon full of milk.”
Sport Fishing and Local Tournaments
Partake in the national event held in July at Fort Peck known as the Montana’s Governor’s Cup Walleye Fishing Tournament. This tournament is Northeast Montana’s premier walleye fishing tournament. Another fierce fishing tournament held in this area is the Milk River Catfish Classic. This “grand daddy” of the catfish tournaments is held annually in June in Glasgow, MT. The night-time event boasts popularity as it books up months in advance. Join the sport and have some fun!
Fort Peck Lake
Fort Peck Lake is Montana’s largest body of water at 134 miles in length and a maximum depth of 220 feet. The shoreline spans for more than 1,520 miles. That’s longer than the California coast! More than 50 different kinds of fish call this body of water home. In 1933, a 3.8-mile dam was constructed across the Missouri River creating the reservoir. Anglers flock here for the Walleye, Northern Pike, Paddlefish, Sauger, Lake Trout, Small Mouth Bass and Chinook Salmon. There are several access points and boat ramps.
Charles M Russell National Wildlife Refuge
Known as the CMR Refuge, it surrounds Fort Peck Lake and is managed by the US Fish Wildlife Service. The Refuge provides over one million acres of public land for fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, bird-watching, and other outdoor activities. If you’re looking to observe game in its natural habitat, this refuge shall reward. It is the second largest refuge in the continental US. In the months of September and October locals and tourists from all over gather to watch the bull elk bugle and battle for the cow’s attention. Miles of parked cars can be seen while people sit on lawn chairs and watch for hours the wild display the elk present. Herds of deer, red fox and coyotes can also be observed. Bird watchers can delight in spying mountain bluebirds and black capped chickadees. Osprey, spotted sandpipers, and white pelicans can be found along the coast of the reservoir.
Renowned for its hunting, Montana provides the habitat. The Missouri River Breaks of the Fort Peck Area is no different. Elk and mule deer like to gather near the ridges of Fort Peck Lake, some quite large in size. White-tailed deer and pronghorn can be found as well. Big Horn Sheep can be harvested in the area. Whether it’s big game, waterfowl, predators like coyotes, or upland game birds, this area boasts some of the best in the state.