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Miller Lake Ranch

Anaconda, Montana

Miller Lake Ranch represents a unique opportunity to effectively own your own national park. This 10,000± acre alpine ranch includes the tops of two 10,000-foot-tall granite peaks and miles of the Continental Divide. Rock ridges loom 1,500 feet above the timber, lakes and creek of this dead-end mountain valley. Privacy is here in the extreme. Wolves, bears, elk, deer, sheep and moose all summer here. Cutthroat trout fill the creek and lake. Winter is deep in snow and pristine. Yet, for all its seclusion, the Miller Lake Ranch is located surprisingly close to airports, interstate, towns, hospitals and supplies.


The Miller Lake Ranch is located approximately 14 miles southwest of Anaconda, Montana (pop. 9,300) and 26 miles west of Butte (pop. 31,633). Both Delta and Alaska Airlines provide direct flights to Butte through their subsidiaries, SkyWest and Horizon, from Salt Lake City and Seattle respectively. A jet-capable airport with an instrument approach is nine miles from the ranch. Interstate 90 is within ten miles.


The ranch is located 1,500 feet above the historic mining town of Anaconda on the Continental Divide in the Pintler Mountain range. Mill Creek flows the length of the ranch and is tributary to the nearby Clark Fork River, which flows through its broad mountain valley and constitutes a major tributary to the Columbia River. Above the valley, multiple mountain ranges rise to snowy heights including the Flint Creek Range, the Garnet Range and the Pintler Range, capped by the Continental Divide where the ranch is located. The entrance of the ranch is a designated State Scenic Highway. The fabled blue-ribbon trout fishery, the Big Hole River, is 12 miles west of the ranch.

The “neighborhood” is dominated by national forest and State of Montana lands as well as larger operating cattle ranches. The area is also rich in history. From the early days of Montana’s mining boom to the creation of cattle empires that gave birth to and defined the American cowboy, the upper Clark Fork Valley offers landowners the opportunity to carry on a historic western legacy. The 1919 Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park preserves and displays the largest freestanding ceramic structure in the world. 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. It is managed today as a National Historic Site. Anaconda, Deer Lodge and Butte offer an array of services, including a private hospital, hotels, restaurants and K-12 public schools. The Community Hospital of Anaconda is one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in America.

Also top rated in Anaconda is one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. The Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is 14 miles from the ranch. The Fairmont Hot Springs resort is 16 miles from the ranch and includes a spa, dining and a major water slide. Downhill skiing is 32 miles away at Discovery Basin. Water skiing is 26 miles from the ranch at Georgetown Lake.

General Description: 

The Miller Lake Ranch is accessed along its eastern boundary where it fronts on State Highway 569 (aka Mill Creek Road). One can be on the ranch within 15 minutes after leaving Interstate 90 at the Anaconda/Highway 1 exit. The entrance is on a separate 174-acre parcel separated by two miles from the main Mill Creek valley unit but connected by a recorded right-of-way easement across the neighboring 4,500-acre ranch.

The 174-acre parcel is also the location of the cabin and garage. This is a gently sloping hillside mostly covered in lodgepole pine. The connecting road across the neighboring property is mostly flat until just before reaching the main ranch, where it pitches down in a few switchback turns to the valley floor. From there the road follows the creek upward in a gentle climb all the way to Miller Lake, at the head of the valley. The valley is timbered in areas with lodgepole pine but also, in higher elevations, with Douglas fir and spruce.

The main ranch is surrounded by 11 miles of Deer Lodge National Forest lands, 5 miles of State Wildlife Management Area lands and 3.5 miles of private lands (2 miles of which are the previously mentioned 4,500-acre neighbor). Two sides of the 174-acre unit are also State Wildlife Management Area lands. The other two sides are private lands.

Because the main ranchlands are in a hidden and deep mountain valley, they are extremely private. Two ridges of mountains form the southern, western and northern sides of the six-and-one-half- mile-long valley. One includes the 10,200-foot tall and curiously named Short Peak and the other is the 10,500-foot tall Mt. Hagen. The southern ridge also includes five miles of the Continental Divide.

Mill Creek runs the full length of the main ranch. Three lakes also water the ranch, including the 12-acre Miller Lake, 7-acre Lost Lake and the 14-acre Tenmile Lake.


10,598± deeded acres

Acreage Breakdown: 
  • Forest land: 3,528± deeded acres
  • Grazing land: 7,069± deeded acres
  • Farmsite: 1± deeded acres

The ranch is improved with a cabin, garage, and internal road.

The one-story log cabin was started in 1998 and finished in 2000. It has 864± square feet of main floor living area plus a 480± sq. ft. bunkroom loft and a 288± sq.ft. wooden porch with overhanging roofline. It contains three bedrooms and one bathroom. Its utilities are off the electrical grid and powered mainly by propane gas with propane- and solar-generated electricity as backups. Room heat is provided by a fireplace and baseboard electric radiators. Its roof is metal.

The log garage is of similar construction and age. It is 20’ x 24’ in size and houses one car, the electricity generator, and solar power battery bank.

A seven-mile-long gravel road runs through the center of the property, from the entrance all the way to the head of the valley, at Miller Lake.


The ranch elevations range from 6,500 feet at the bottom of the valley, to 8,500 feet at Miller Lake, to 10,500 feet at the top of Mt. Hagen.

The closest weather-reporting station is 10 miles distant out in the valley, at 5,400 feet elevation. The weather up in the mountain valley constituting the Miller Lake Ranch is quite different. It will obviously be colder, wetter and with deeper snow.

The closest station reports:

  • Temperature: The average summertime high temperature is 78 degrees and the winter low temperature is 18 degrees.
  • Snow Depth: 1 inch
  • Precipitation: 13 inches

Estimated conditions on the ranch include summer evening temperatures dropping to a comfortable 55-65 degrees. Snow depths at the highway entrance and cabin elevation of 6,800 feet commonly include several feet of snow.

General Operations: 

During the past 15 years of ownership, the current owners have used the ranch only for hunting, fishing and general recreation. The peace and tranquility of this ranch is unrivaled and not to be underestimated.

Wildlife Resources: 

The ranch is a wildlife haven. Sightings of numerous species are common. These include such game species as elk, moose, mule deer, whitetail deer, Rocky Mountain sheep, black bear, mountain lion, wolves and mountain goat. Non-game animals include grizzly bear, beaver, weasel, marten, wolverine and raccoon. Raptors include numerous species of eagle, falcon and hawk.

Hunting tags for elk are over-the-counter for brow-tined bulls, and by drawing for cows. Mule deer buck hunting tags are drawn with 100% success rates. Whitetail deer buck hunting tags are over-the-counter. Bighorn sheep ram tags are drawn with minimal success rates. One state-wide tag is sold at auction annually for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Black bear tags are over-the-counter for both spring and fall seasons, as are mountain lion tags for the winter season.

Fishery Resources: 

Pure strain westslope cutthroat trout inhabit and are caught in the ranch’s lake and stream. Miller Lake has many eager to be caught, ranging up to 22 inches in length. The cutthroat in Mill Creek average 8-12 inches, and there are loads of them. 


Based upon past years, the annual real estate taxes are estimated at $6,917.

Mineral Rights: 

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

Additional Information: 

When using the current earlier referenced right-of-way easement between the two Miller Lake Ranch parcels, the Miller Lake Ranch owner is allowed full access for the construction of up to one 10,000 sq. ft. home and up to one 4,000 sq. ft. guesthouse plus two additional buildings. It also allows for subdivision and sale of the main ranch in up to three specific parcels in addition to the existing fourth parcel, the 174± acre entrance parcel. All non-commercial activities are also allowed.

Broker Comments: 

The peace and tranquility, privacy and seclusion of the Miller Lake Ranch are unrivaled and not to be underestimated. It is wild. The drama of its mountain vistas equals its privacy in magnitude. It may look like a national park, but it is all private – nobody home but the fish and wildlife, and you. It is truly exceptional, not to be compared with any other ranch – yet it is so close to civilization it amazes one.

The Facts: 
  • 10,598± deeded acres
  • City of Anaconda -- 14 miles
  • Commercial air service -- 26 miles
  • Mill Creek -- 6.7 miles of creek on the ranch
  • Three lakes: 12± acre Miller Lake, 7± acre Lost Lake,14± acre Tenmile Lake
  • Continental Divide ownership -- 5 miles
  • Pubic lands boundary -- 7 miles
  • Timbered creek-lined valley framed by two 10,000-foot-tall granite mountain ridges
  • Jet-capable airport with instrument approach -- 9 miles
  • Trout fishing (in addition to the ranch’s creek and lake) on fabled Blue Ribbon Big Hole River -- 12 miles
  • State Scenic Highway entrance
  • 6,500’ to 10,500’ elevations
  • America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses (Golf Digest rated) Nicklaus Signature golf course – 14 miles
  • Top 100 rated Critical Access Hospital in America – 14 miles
  • Fairmont Hot Springs Resort – 16 miles; includes spa, dining, water slide
  • Downhill skiing – 32 miles to Discovery Basin
  • Water skiing – 26 miles to Georgetown Lake
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. 

_____ 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.