Sold
160± Acres
Sold
Pondera County, Montana

Lake Francis Farm

ID: 32334
External ID/MLS: 14539 / --
Status: Sold
Acres: 160±
Type: Farms, Hunting Land, Ranches, Recreational Land, Horse Property
Address: Lakeside Road
City, State: Valier, Montana
County: Pondera
ZIP Code: 59486

Description

With the scenic backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Front, here is an opportunity to farm or invest in 160 acres of productive farmland. This area is fertile for growing crops and produces high yields with promising protein. Currently, the farm ground is leased out through 2023. On a rotational basis, other crops raised on the farm ground include canola, peas, durum, and winter wheat. There is also a pond that forms from water drainage and a well at 160 feet deep and 10 gallons per minute. Access is excellent with a county road traversing the property. The windrows make superb habitat for pheasants and other upland birds. The proximity of Lake Francis attracts other wildlife such as antelope as well as white-tailed and mule deer. The gleaning waters of Lake Francis can be seen in the near distance where you can fish and recreate. The quaint town of Valier is nearby with the essential amenities and Cut Bank, Montana and Shelby, Montana are 33 miles away. The city of Great Falls is approximately 1 hour away and offers an international airport. Watch your crops pop up in rows in one of the most scenic areas that the Big Sky state has to offer.Local AreaWhen the Montana Western Railroad Company brought the railroad through Valier, Montana, Peter Valier from LaCrosse, Wisconsin supervised the project. The town was thus named after Peter. This small farming community of Valier is located 14 miles west of I-15 in north-central Montana, an area known as the Golden Triangle. As part of Garfield County, Valier lies along Lake Frances that offers year-round recreation. The lake was at one time three small lakes before the dam was built and Lake Frances was created. Area AttractionsLake FrancesThis beautiful lake in Pondera County has spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and is a mountain-fed lake. Lake Frances offers year-round recreation including fishing for Perch, Pike, and Walleye, camping, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, and windsurfing. In the winter ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and tubing on the ice are popular. Snowmobile ice drags are popular as an annual sport. There is a pavilion that was built by the Valier firemen that serves as a wonderful space for dances, wedding receptions, and reunions. A landing strip lies adjacent to the lake for easy access from flying-in visitors. Fifty campsites allow for memorable campouts. There are two boat ramps. Hike or bike the trails and enjoy the scenic views of the Rocky Mountain Front. Bird watchers will delight in the shorebirds and waterbirds to watch. There is additionally a Great Blue Heron rookery on the nearby island. Rocky Mountain FrontThis portion of Montana has a greater diversity of fish and wildlife than any other state in the US. With protection from the altering contours of the land and ample food from the surrounding farm fields, wildlife and birds alike flourish making this area a coveted destination during the hunting and fishing seasons. The area provides year-long habitat for mule and white-tailed deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, and antelope. In addition, other furbearers such as beaver, mink, muskrat, otter, weasel, badger, coyote, lynx, bobcat, and mountain lion can all be found within a 100-mile radius. White-tail and mule deer maintain a healthy population here as it is a wintering destination for the species. Mule deer are often open-country deer offering those with farm ground or acres such as these a treasure trove of delicious tasting, large, beautiful bucks. Mule deer are not as shy as whitetails and are content with little cover or sparse brush. They have distinctive large ears that stick out like a big V against a hillside. However, these big bucks, ones with a 30 inch inside antler spread, are quite challenging to track down. They prefer the rugged areas such as badlands and breaks. Glorious long walks through fields and up and down draws can reward you with a big mule deer buck. The open country can also provide the added challenge of bagging the swift antelope. These speed goats are all over the countryside, so the challenge is waiting for your acceptance. The property is in hunting district 406 and FWP Region 4. The drainages and foothills provide cover, coulees, and water for superb mule and white-tailed deer hunting. The area offers some of the most prime bow hunting for white-tailed hunting in the entire state. There are also plenty of pheasants, Hungarian Partridge, Rough Grouse, Blue Grouse, and Spruce Grouse. Bird watchers can revel in seeing Calliope, Rufus Hummingbird, Bluebird, Cassin Finch, Red Crossbill, Ferrungus Hawks, Pine Grosbeak, and Western Tanager. Glacier National ParkThe coveted area nicknamed the "Crown of the Continent" for obvious reasons offers gems and views of gold in the state of Montana. With over 700 miles of trails through pristine forests, alpine meadows sprinkled with bright lovely wildflowers, rugged and tenacious mountains, and spectacular sparkling lakes. Visit the historic chalets and lodges for a walk back in time or backpack, cycle, hike, or camp. While taking in the astounding sights of the glacier-carved peaks and valleys, set your binoculars on a diverse range of wildlife of bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer, elk, ptarmigan, and both black and grizzly bear. This highway to heaven is a tough one to ever forget.

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