Hoover Creek Ranch

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Hoover Creek Ranch - Recently Sold

Drummond, Montana

The 9,067± acre Hoover Creek Ranch features outstanding big-game hunting for elk and mule deer across multiple drainages, while the scenic upper Clark Fork River Valley provides a classic Montana setting that includes panoramic views of the Clark Fork Valley, the Flint Creek Range and the Continental Divide on the Pintler Range. Habitat ranges from large aspen stands to creek bottoms and dense conifer pockets. Open hillsides and extensive areas of regenerating timber round out this offering and create ideal big-game habitat. The property is unimproved, offering the new owner a blank slate on which to create a private retreat. Urban amenities are readily available in Missoula, located a one-hour drive to the west.


The Hoover Creek Ranch is located 30 miles northwest of Deer Lodge and 50 miles east of Missoula along the Clark Fork River in Powell County. Commercial air services are available in Missoula (Delta, United, Alaska and Allegiant), 50 miles north in Helena (United, Delta, Continental and Alaska) or 65 miles to the east in Butte (United, Delta and US Airways). The town of Drummond is seven miles to the northwest where basic services and conveniences can be found. The ranch is located at the southeastern end of the Garnet Mountains.


The Clark Fork River is a major tributary to the Columbia River. Several major mountain ranges rise in the area, including the Flint Creek Range, the Garnet Range and a little further south, the main spine of the Pintler Range, which forms the Continental Divide. The surrounding area is dominated by working cattle ranches. To the northwest, the 12,000± acre Angelo Ranch is under a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy, while due east and west other large ownerships continue their commitment to agricultural operations. Deer Lodge (population 3,400), the county seat, is located 30 miles southeast of the ranch and serves as the main commercial and service center for the area. Deer Lodge provides a private hospital, hotels, restaurants, K-12 public schools and a full line of services.

General Description: 

Hoover Creek Ranch consists of a large contiguous block of deeded acreage, making it an excellent self-contained unit.Elevations vary from approximately 4,400 feet along the southern boundary to over 7,000 feet at its highest elevation on the summit of Saddle Mountain. The property is entered from the south by Hoover Creek Road, a county right-of-way that extends as far as the Miller Lake reservoir located at the heart of the property. Miller Lake is an impoundment of a navigable waterway and is therefore subject to Montana’s stream access laws. Between the southern boundary and Miller Lake, extensive native grass meadows along Hoover Creek would provide good pasture for horses or a cattle operation. An extensive road network branches from Hoover Creek Road and accesses the upper elevations to the east and west, making for outstanding touring opportunities, whether on horseback or by motorized vehicle. The upper elevations on both sides of Hoover Creek offer scattered stands of aspen and upper elevation bench land favored by big game.




Hoover Creek Ranch is unimproved except for a network of well-maintained and gated roads.


Elevation: 4,400 ft – 7,050 ft Annual Precipitation: 13± inches Snowfall: 42± inches Average July High Temperature : 84 degrees Average January Low Temperature: 12 degrees

Timber Resources: 

The property is owned by a commercial timber management enterprise and has been managed for timber production for the last several years. The property features a mix of standing timber resources, regenerating timber, mature aspen stands, open meadows and benchland. On many portions of the land, conifer removal has enhanced the regeneration of aspen, a favored vegetation type for a variety of big game.

Recreational Considerations: 

The ranch supports a wide variety of wildlife and offers excellent opportunities for hunting mule deer and elk. The adjacent 6C Ranch, as well as neighbors to the east and west, provide complementary winter range and migratory corridors typical of foothill terrain. Black bear, mountain lion and other native species also make their home throughout the property.

Hoover Creek has been managed for hunting under a block management agreement with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the past several years. Adjoining ranches to the east and west have also provided public hunting opportunities either through similar agreements or by permission. These circumstances create an ideal situation for an individual who would like to manage Hoover Creek for enhanced big-game opportunities because hunting pressure on adjoining lands naturally drive game into the Hoover Creek watershed.

Other recreational opportunities abound in the area. Further afield, excellent alpine skiing can be found within a one-hour drive at Ski Discovery, while Montana’s Snowbowl is located about 20 minutes from downtown Missoula. Endless opportunities for backcountry recreation in all its forms exist on the hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest and other public lands located within a one-hour radius of Hoover Creek. From the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness to the 50 miles of blue ribbon trout water on Rock Creek — the only blue ribbon rated fishery west of the Continental Divide in Montana — the outdoor enthusiast will find a never-ending supply of opportunities.


Property taxes are estimated at $ 6,876 annually.

Water Rights: 

Hoover Creek holds appurtenant water rights for agricultural stock use. A full list of all water filed is available on request.

Broker Comments: 

Properties of this size and with this set of amenities rarely come on the market in western Montana. This is particularly true for properties within a one-hour drive of Missoula. Hoover Creek Ranch offers outstanding opportunities for a large, private holding close to services with great potential for a trophy hunting operation.


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. 

_____ of Hall and Hall is the exclusive agent of the Seller.

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.