Meade Creek Ranch

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Meade Creek Ranch

$5,900,000
Garrison, Montana

Once part of the famous Rock Creek Cattle Company, Meade Creek Ranch includes 4,500± acres in one contiguous block, with a 4,600± sq. ft. custom 5-bedroom Rocky Mountain Log Home perched on a hill overlooking the range. Impressive elk populations and astounding views of the snowcapped Flint Creek Mountains create a backdrop of the best of what western Montana has to offer. The ranch has traditionally run 350 pairs for three summer months and has a trout pond nestled amongst the aspens. The property is easily accessible with only a one-hour drive or less to three major cities – Missoula, Butte and Helena.

Location: 

Meade Creek Ranch is located in Powell County, less than 15 miles north of Deer Lodge, Montana (pop. 3,517), 50 miles north of Butte (pop. 31,633) and 45 miles west of Helena (pop. 29,134). Both Delta and Alaska Airlines provide direct flights to Butte through their subsidiaries, SkyWest and Horizon, from Salt Lake City and Seattle respectively. Helena Regional Airport is serviced by Delta and Alaska Airlines, as well as United Airlines.
Missoula, 80 miles to the west, offers the most diverse flight schedules with daily flights from Delta, United, Horizon and Allegiant Air with direct service to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Denver and Phoenix. The airfield at Deer Lodge will accommodate private jets and is a convenient twenty minutes from the ranch.

Locale: 

The ranch is located a few miles east of the confluence of the Little Blackfoot River and the Clark Fork of the Columbia River. From the early days of Montana’s mining boom to the creation of cattle empires that gave birth to and defined the American cowboy, this region offers landowners an opportunity to carry on an historic western legacy. Working ranches and large blocks of public land managed by both the United States Forest Service and the State of Montana still dominate the landscape. The Flint Creek Mountain Range has a commanding granite presence over the valley while the surrounding lower lying mountains are blanketed with timber.

The nearby Grant-Kohrs Ranch was recognized in 1972 by the National Park Service as worthy of preservation to provide an understanding of the frontier cattle era and is managed to this day as a National Historic Site.

General Description: 

Meade Creek Ranch’s perimeter forms the shape of a 3-mile wide square with upside down “stair steps” cut from the southwest quadrant. The property is accessed at its southeastern corner, approximately ¼ mile north of Highway 12, and a little over 3 miles east of Garrison, Montana. This ranch road immediately gives way to a fork, with the east fork following Meade Creek and the west fork climbing through the hills. The graveled road along Meade Creek serves as a 4-mile long scenic driveway that rises to one of the high points on the ranch where the home is located. The trout pond is situated about one mile into the property along the west edge of road. The west fork travels in a northwesterly direction from the southeast corner, gaining elevation quickly. This road travels several miles in this direction until it turns east in a winding descent towards Meade Creek, eventually connecting with the “driveway” road. Aside from these two primary roads there are several “spurs” providing vehicular access to nearly every corner of the property.
The acreage is comprised primarily of open range with stands of aspen and conifers lining Meade Creek and the other draws. Elevations rise from the southeast corner at approximately 4,540 feet to over 5,700 feet at the center of the north boundary.

Acreage: 

4,494± deeded acres

Improvements: 

This log home was constructed in 2009 by a quality local contractor, Bill Pelc of Big Sky Log Construction, with logs supplied by the premier Rocky Mountain Log Homes. All electricity is generated on site from solar panels and a propane generator. The current owner keeps the home heated year round and three underground storage tanks provide a two-year supply of fuel. A full complement of batteries renders the experience virtually equal to that of a home connected to a major power plant.


With over 4,600± sq. ft., 5 bedrooms and 4 baths on three levels, this home has enough room to sleep a large family and visiting friends. The living room is magnificent with towering ceilings and windows that capture a quintessential rocky mountain view of range, peaks and sky. A sitting area adjacent to the living room is situated in front of a fireplace with a set of French doors opening to a large flagstone deck that runs the length of both sides of the home. A large kitchen with granite countertops, custom cabinets and retro-styled appliances makes food preparation a joyful event.

Two guest bedrooms opposite the living room from the kitchen share a bath between them, with the south facing room allowing access to the deck through French doors. The staircase to the left of the main entry rises to a loft catwalk overlooking the living room.

At the west end of the catwalk the master bedroom suite enjoys its own second-story deck and large dormers on the north and south. The palatial bathroom has a claw-foot tub, huge tiled shower, and his-and-hers sinks set back-to-back with a wall between them. Her side has a sit-down vanity with adjacent walk-in closets. At the opposite end of the catwalk there is a large room again with dormers on each side. One side is presently used as an office area and the other an artist’s studio with a sitting area between them that is warmed by a propane-powered stove. The basement level is fully finished with plush carpet, a large living/entertainment area with two large bunkrooms, and a shared bath with dual sinks and a large shower. The gigantic, heated three-bay garage, connected to the home by a laundry/mudroom, is fully insulated with a generator room on the side opposite the home.

A pit in the middle of an open grass area just south of the home serves as a gathering area under the stars, with warmth from the heat of a campfire on a crisp night.

Climate: 

Temperature: average summertime highs are around 80 degrees while winter lows average in the low teens.

Average annual precipitation: 13”

General Operations: 

The ranch has been leased on an annual basis for a number of years to a neighborhood rancher who grazes approximately 350 pairs for three months during the summer and fall months, depending on the year.

Wildlife Resources: 

The ranch is well populated with elk, antelope and deer. Small creeks flowing through stands of aspens and conifers provide excellent habitat for these majestic animals. Numerous other animals can be seen on the ranch at times including mountain lion, eagles, bears and even the occasional moose. 

Fishery Resources: 

The trout pond covers a surface area of roughly 2-3 acres with a depth of about 15 feet, and of course, the Little Blackfoot River runs along Highway 12 at the foot of the ranch.

The nearby Upper Clark Fork River and the Little Blackfoot Rivers offer good fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout. The “Hog Hole” is famous for holding very large trout and is only 25 miles south of the ranch. There are numerous other world class fisheries within a reasonable drive of the ranch including Rock Creek and the Big Hole River.

Taxes: 

Annual property taxes are approximately $3,583.

Water Rights: 

There are 7 stock water rights (with 8 stock water tanks) with priority dates ranging from 1882 to 1902. These rights are sourced at Meade Creek, McDonald Creek and several unnamed tributaries of Sheep Creek, Warm Springs Creek and the Little Blackfoot River. Full documentation is available upon request. 

Mineral Rights: 

All mineral rights owned by Seller will transfer to the Purchaser.

Broker Comments: 

Meade Creek Ranch is a low maintenance ranch that offers a luxurious off-the-grid experience. The custom log home offers spacious solitude and splendorous views of a snowcapped mountain range with peaks rising far above the tree line. Plentiful wildlife and a trout pond put nature at your doorstep, while a healthy native range lends itself well to a summer cattle grazing operation. 

Terms: 

Cash at closing

The Facts: 
  • 4,500± deeded acres in one contiguous block
  • Immaculate 4,600± square foot Rocky Mountain Log Home
  • Jaw dropping views of the Flint Creek Range 
  • Stock water rights
  • Excellent wildlife populations including elk, deer and other big game species
  • 41 miles to Helena, 53 miles to Butte, and 75 miles to Missoula
  • Traditionally has grazed 350 AUs for 3 summer months
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 and Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 or Randy Clavel at (308) 534-9000 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 or Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.


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SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to the intermountain west. 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 strong relationships with our lenders allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing • Flexible Terms • Efficient Processing
In-House Appraisals • Common Sense Underwriting
Dave Roddy • (406) 656-7500
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Randy Clavel • (308) 534-9000
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882

Disclaimer: 

Following is a Montana law required disclosure.

UNDERSTANDING WHOM REAL ESTATE AGENTS REPRESENT

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.