Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch

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Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch

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Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch

Silver Star, Montana

Resting in the shadows of the rugged Tobacco Root and Highland Mountains in the historic and lush Jefferson River valley lies the Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch.  The Jefferson Valley is a peaceful and vibrant rural community that lies but a figurative stone’s throw from the airports and social and cultural amenities of both Butte and Bozeman. It offers gorgeous scenery and miles of river and restored spring creek fishing, as well as productive pivot irrigated farmland.  Wildlife includes extensive local and migratory waterfowl, excellent pheasant populations, and plenty of trophy whitetail deer providing spectator and hunter alike with hours of enjoyment. The well-balanced agricultural operation helps this outstanding recreational ranch sustain itself financially.


Waterloo, MT is a friendly farming and ranching community located within a few miles of the Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch via county road.  Named for a large ranch home that was used as a stagecoach stop, Whitehall, MT is approximately 12 miles north of the ranch and offers all amenities, as does Dillon, MT 40 miles to the south.  Helena, MT, the state capital, is within 90 minutes and Bozeman is within an hour. Helena, Butte and Bozeman all offer commercial airline services within 1.5 hours of the ranch.  


Twenty miles upstream of the Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch is the confluence of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby rivers forming the Jefferson River near the town of Twin Bridges. Twin Bridges (pop. 400±) offers grades K-12 and is home to fine dining and family style restaurant experiences, small grocery, Winston Rod Co., custom-made hat shop, summer farmer’s market, the county fairgrounds, and the privately owned historic State Orphan’s Home.

Bozeman, home to Montana State University, is a vibrant university town (pop. 45,000± plus 16,000± students) and in recent years has received national accolades for its scenic location, limitless outdoor activities and historic downtown area. The cafes, restaurants, and boutiques have become favorite places for individuals who love the fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking and hiking available in the surrounding area. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport serves Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier and United Airlines.

Dillon, MT, the Beaverhead County seat, is a classic western town and home to U of M Western. The Montana Handbook describes Dillon as “Filled with historic architecture but kept young by the presence of students at Western Montana College, blessed with fine restaurants, and faithful to the old bars that—then, as now—have consoled cowboys, sheepherders, and miners, Dillon is one of Montana’s most bewitching cities.” It is also the gateway to the famous Beaverhead River. Bannack State Park is a quick trip away, as is the famous Big Hole Valley with fly fishing opportunities and the Clark Canyon Reservoir.

Helena, MT was founded during the late 1800’s during the gold rush in Last Chance Gulch. Now serving as the state capital, Helena is home to Carroll College and offers small-town western flavor in a big Montana way. Canyon Ferry Lake, located between the ranch and Helena, is a recreational mecca providing a place for summer and winter activities. Helena Regional Airport services include Alaska, Delta and United Airlines.

General Description: 

Expansive fields of small grains and alfalfa hay under four pivots offer quality production as well as excellent food sources and habitat for the wildlife living on the Circle 9. Abundant water resources include approximately two miles of restored spring creek with about one-half mile of restored spawning habitat and nearly three-quarters of a mile of Jefferson River frontage with a private boat launch, two ponds, and variety of wetlands and waterfowl ponds. This healthy water system, combined with heavy cover and widespread food sources, creates the ideal habitat for the incredible wildlife found throughout the property. The spring creek has been fully restored into an outstanding fishery and dramatic increases in both adult and juvenile trout have been seen every year since the restoration project was completed. The current owner runs a small cattle operation that provides return and management for the ranch.

Production and habitat have been enhanced by implementing four pivot irrigation systems and engaging in ongoing restoration projects along the spring creek. The ranch is a haven for wildlife including pheasants, Huns, trout, deer, and waterfowl all offering opportunities for tremendous and varied hunting experiences. By fencing the entire spring creek corridor and irrigated crop ground, the wildlife and fishing habitat has expanded and improved considerably.


714± deeded acres


Built in 2005, a comfortably-appointed one bedroom home with loft cabin overlooks the fish pond. With grand views of both the Tobacco Root and Highland Mountains, this idyllic setting affords one with complete pride of ownership.  The 1940’s era two bedroom one bath ranch house has been renovated with new roofing, flooring, windows, water treatment, appliances, and more to bring it up to today’s standards.  Working improvements consist of a newly constructed barn and calving facilities, eleven separate pens and two holding lots.  Additional outbuildings include a new machine shed/shop, storage shed, two grain bins, and an older refurbished barn.


Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch is in an area with annual average rainfall estimated in the 13 to 15-inch range. The ranch elevation is 4,400± feet. 

Wildlife Resources: 

The Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch offers a well-balanced and diverse hunting experience.  A healthy riparian bottom, together with willow and buffalo berry thickets, provide tremendous habitat and cover.  A variety of different crops under pivot throughout the entire property further enhance the wildlife numbers.  These are all key ingredients for attracting and sustaining wildlife populations.  This area supports abundant populations of whitetail deer, pheasant, upland birds, waterfowl, and sand hill cranes.  With careful thought and rest and restoration, the ranch has become a true demonstration of complete trophy management.  With trophy class whitetail, vast flights of waterfowl and strong populations of pheasants, the Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch affords the owner a prestigious and absolute hunting experience.

Fishery Resources: 

Traveling at times swiftly and then slowing as if to enjoy its own puzzling behavior, the restored 2± miles of Scotch Spring Creek has trout exceeding 25 inches pushing through its depths and feeding off its fertile waters. One may spend their entire life searching for the private and challenging experience that only a spring creek such as this can offer. The angler becomes the hunter as he stalks the sipping giant residents seeking refuge in the cool spring creek. Armed with 11’ leaders and size 22 patterns, the hunter has to make a perfect presentation. Only when cast placement is perfect and the drift is true will the lunker test his fate and reward the angler. It is this experience that every die-hard angler desires that makes Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch such a rewarding opportunity.

Circle 9 has a private boat launch located on its .75± miles of Jefferson River frontage offering not only good opportunity for sizeable browns and rainbows, but also solitude from the flotilla of fishermen found on some of the area’s other rivers. The Jefferson River has both rainbow and brown trout with average fish sizes ranging between 12 to 15 inches with many fish over 20 inches. Additionally, during the fall significantly larger brown trout are common, as are large rainbows in the spring. These fish move into the Jefferson and its tributaries, including the spring creek on the ranch, to spawn and many take up permanent residence. With the recent attention and focus of Trout Unlimited, the quality of the Jefferson River continues to advance. Several projects, including one completed on the ranch, have been overseen by Trout Unlimited. These projects, combined with the excellent stewardship of the Seller and other landowners in the valley, continue to brighten the future of this spectacular river.

There are two fishing ponds located on the property with tremendous populations of both rainbow and brown trout.

In an idyllic location, the ranch lies just 20 minutes from the town of Twin Bridges where the Jefferson River is formed by the confluence of the Ruby, Beaverhead, and Big Hole Rivers, all of which are world famous trout fisheries. Additionally, the Madison River is an hour away to the east. The famous Holter Dam tailwaters stretch of the Missouri River is an easy 2 hours away and the Yellowstone is 1.5 hours to the east.

Within a four-mile drive from the ranch is the Mill Creek Canyon forest service access to the magnificent Tobacco Root Mountains. The Dry Boulder Lakes forest service access is less than 20 miles from the ranch offering access to high alpine lakes brimming with wild cutthroat trout.

Water Rights: 

Copies of the water rights are available upon request. All water rights are subject to an ongoing statewide adjudication process by the Montana Department of Natural Resources.

Broker Comments: 

Abounding with wildlife, a world-class spring creek, and unbelievable sporting opportunities shared with working attributes make Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch a golden opportunity for a very fortunate owner.  It is easily managed, remains lightly touched, and embodies a synergy of recreation, agriculture, and beauty. 

Ranch Operations: 

There are four pivots on the ranch rotating from barley hay to grass alfalfa mix.  The grass alfalfa mix yields four-and-a-half to five tons annually in two cuttings.  The ranch has historically been used as a wintering place for cattle for five to six months each year beginning in December or January. 

The Facts: 
  • 15 minutes south of Whitehall and a 45 minute drive from commercial airports in Bozeman and Butte
  • 714± deeded acres
  • 2± miles of restored trophy spring creek fishery and .5± mile of spawning habitat
  • .75± mile of Jefferson River frontage wih a private boat launch
  • Two trout ponds with fish caught and taped at over 27 inches
  • Four pivots with a mix of barley hay and grass alfalfa
  • Small, balanced cattle operation
  • New barn, calving facilities, corrals with two shops, and additional older barn
  • Refurbished two bedroom, one bath ranch house and new, handcrafted one bedroom, one bath cabin with loft
  • Habitat has been enhanced for wildlife
  • Excellent for whitetail deer and pheasant hunting
  • Tremendous waterfowl hunting on both the spring creek and ponds
Additional Services: 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission–to represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Berstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally, the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources. Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Bergstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offer “Another Solution” to create liquidity for the owners of Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate.  Our auction team has experience in marketing farmland, ranchland, timberland and recreational properties throughout the nation.  Extreme attention to detail and complete transparency coupled with Hall and Hall’s “Rolodex” of more than 40,000 targeted owners and buyers of rural real estate help assure that there are multiple bidders at each auction. In addition, the unique Hall and Hall partnership model creates a teamwork approach that helps to assure that we realize true market value on auction day.  For more information on our auction services contact Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.

APPRAISALS - Staying abreast of ancillary market influences in ever-changing economic conditions requires a broad professional network to tap into. Finding an appraiser who not only understands the numbers but also the differences in value from one area to another is a critical part of making an informed decision. The appraisal team at Hall and Hall, formed entirely of Accredited Members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), has that critical network of brokers and lending professionals. This professional network coupled with diverse experience across multiple regions and market segments allows our appraisal team to deliver a quality product in a reasonable timeframe.  For more information contact our appraisal team at (406) 656-7500.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to landowners.  In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and efficient processing allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing  |  Flexible Terms  |  Efficient Processing
Tina Hamm or Scott Moran • (406) 656-7500 
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884


Following is a Montana law required disclosure.


Montana law requires that BUYER’s and SELLER’s be advised about the different types of agency relationships available to them (MCA § 37-51-102 & 37-51-321).  A real estate agent is qualified to advise only on real estate matters.  As the client or as the customer, please be advised that you have the option of hiring outside professional services on your own behalf (legal and tax counsel, home or building inspectors, accountant, environmental inspectors, range management or agricultural advisors, etc.) at any time during the course of a transaction to obtain additional information to make an informed decision.  Each and every agent has obligations to each other party to a transaction no matter whom the agent represents.  The various relationships are as follows:

SELLER's Agent:  exclusively represents the SELLER (or landlord).  This agency relationship is created when a listing is signed by a SELLER/owner and a real estate licensee.  The SELLER's agent represents the SELLER only, and works toward securing an offer in the best interest of the SELLER.  The SELLER agent still has obligations to the BUYER as enumerated herein.

BUYER's Agent:  exclusively represents the BUYER (or tenant).  This agency relationship is created when a BUYER signs a written BUYER-broker agreement with a real estate licensee.  The BUYER agent represents the BUYER only, and works towards securing a transaction under the terms and conditions established by the BUYER and in the best interest of the BUYER.  The BUYER agent has obligations to the SELLER as enumerated herein.

Dual Agent:  does not represent the interests of either the BUYER or SELLER exclusively.  This agency relationship is created when an agent is the SELLER's agent (or subagent) and enters into a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER.  This relationship must receive full informed consent by all parties before a "dual-agency" relationship can exist.  The "dual agent" does not work exclusively for the SELLER or the BUYER but works for both parties in securing a conclusion to the transaction.  If you want an agent to represent you exclusively, do not sign the "Dual Agency" Disclosure and Consent" form.

Statutory Broker:  is a licensee who assists one or more of the parties in a transaction, but does not represent any party as an agent.  A licensee is presumed to be acting as a “statutory broker” unless they have entered into a listing agreement with the SELLER, a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER, or a dual agency agreement with all parties.

In-House SELLER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the SELLER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the SELLER, but still is obligated to the BUYER as any SELLER's agent would be.

In-House BUYER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the BUYER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the BUYER, but still obligated to the SELLER as any BUYER's agent would be.

Subagent:   is an agent of the licensee already acting as an agent for either the SELLER or BUYER.  A "SELLER agent" can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to show the property and solicit offers from BUYER’s.  A "BUYER agent can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to locate and secure certain property meeting the BUYER's criteria. 

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NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.