About the Ranch

The Big Sky River Ranch is truly a unique Western Montana property. With its approximate 600 acres overlooking the underdevelped Flathead River, it is a rare opportunity. The adjacent river frontage is in a public conservation easement allowing access to the river.

 The federal government through the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes owns approximately 93% of the frontage on the river and this ranch makes up a significant portion of the private holdings. A 520 acre State of Montana grazing lease is included in the purchase.

Amazing views from the ranch include the Mission Mountain Range and Flathead River corridor. Across the river are the velvet hills of the Ferry Basin Elk Conservation area. Vanderburg Creek runs through the ranch.

The size of the ranch offers privacy in and of itself but it is also totally adjacent to federally owned open space that is unlikely to ever be developed. The view seen now is the view that will likely be seen forever. The valley remains one of the most undeveloped river valleys in Western Montana. This solitude and lack of development is offset with the fact that it is only 50 minutes to an international airport and the popular university city of Missoula. The lovely Quinn's Hot Springs Resort and restaurant are only 15 miles away.  There is 1,700’ paved landing strip on the ranch allowing small plane access.

The property and surrounding areas abound with recreational opportunities including wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing, hiking and riding.

Big Sky River Ranch is located near these outstanding scenic and recreational attractions: · Glacier Park 2 hours · Bob Marshall Wilderness 2 hours · Flathead Lake 45 minutes · Mission Mountain Wilderness 1 hour · Rattlesnake Wilderness 1 hour · National Bison Range 15 minutes · Clark Fork River confluence 10 minutes · Thompson River 30 minutes · Noxon Reservoir 45 minutes · Lake Pend Oreille 1 hour · Snow Bowl Ski Area 1.5 hours · Blacktail Mountain Ski Area 2 hours · Big Mountain Ski Area 2.5 hours · Missoula, Montana 50 minutes · Spokane, Washington 2.5 hours · Little Money Sheep Conservation Area is downriver one mile · Ferry Basin Elk Conservation Area is adjacent, across the river

Wildlife on the ranch includes elk, deer, bear, fox, coyotes, geese, ducks, eagles and the occasional moose along with numerous other birds and predators. There is immediate access to bird hunting and fishing on the ranch. It is possible to hike or ride horses unrestricted and unimpeded by fences for many miles from the ranch. There are high mountain lakes approximately 7 miles above the property.

The river itself offers mile after mile of exploration along the undeveloped corridor including numerous island complexes and abundant wetlands. Boating and fishing is excellent along the entire length of the river. Fish include trout, bass, whitefish and northern pike.

There are water rights to all the water in Vanderburg Creek a well and 3 springs. The ranch is serviced by power and phone and has a well. A Prominent log structure marks the Ranch entrance. Additional road improvements are currently underway.

This ranch's distinctive character and absence of development are its prime features and need protection from future development. The seller is seeking a buyer committed to this goal. A conservation easement is an excellent tool for receiving substantial tax benefits as well as protecting the beauty and nature of this river valley. Such an easement or similar protection is encouraged. The ranch is currently divided into 10 separate parcels. See Map  for details

In summary, Big Sky River Ranch offers rare ownership in a beautiful and pristine river corridor within minutes of Missoula and its amenities. The spectacular river frontage offers exploration, hunting and fishing. This scenic ranch is an excellent base for exploring all that Western Montana has to offer.

Price: $990,000

Terms: Cash

Notice… This offer is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal. All information was obtained from sources deemed reliable but should be used as general guidelines as it is not guaranteed. Please investigate all questions to your satisfaction.


The Jones Team | 406-360-0763 | CFJones@kw.com