Caney River Ranch

$6,815,000 Cedar Vale, KS 4,700± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Caney River Ranch is a scenic Flint Hills cattle ranch with outstanding hunting and fishing.  This ranch is located in southeast Kansas about midway between Wichita and Tulsa.  Two miles of the rock-bottom Caney River plus four live creeks provide a unique topographic diversity on these 4,700± acres of rolling flint hills.  There are approximately 250 acres of river-bottom cropland, with balance in native tallgrass prairie.  The physical diversity of this ranch, with the two northern canyons joining and running through the middle of this ranch, provide for an abundance of trophy whitetail deer and wild turkey.  The Caney River is also a renowned source of record-size catfish and flathead fishing.

Just the Facts

  • 4,700± total deeded acres that are all contiguous
  • Located in the Flint Hills ecosystem in southeastern Kansas
  • Excellent tall grass species with productive soils underlaid with limestone and sandstone formations
  • Excellent year-round cow/calf ranch with good winter cover and hay land to provide for winter feed
  • Four live creeks running through large canyons that traverse through the ranch
  • Two miles of the Caney River, a rock-bottom river that provides for renowned catfish and flathead fishing
  • Rich river bottom cropland capable of providing outstanding crop yields
  •  Trophy whitetail deer and wild turkey hunting

General Description

The Caney River Ranch is a good combination of excellent grazing land, productive river bottom cropland and tree-covered draws and canyons that contain the live creeks and the Caney River. The generous water sources make this a good year-round cattle ranch with plenty of cover for the winters. There is a good house/hunting cabin located down on the south end of the property. Managing for commercial hunting on this property is very doable. The distinct diversity of the ranch allows for good income streams from cattle grazing, farming and commercial hunting.

Broker's Comments

The Caney River Ranch is a diverse and productive agricultural property that is also beautiful because of its unique topographical features.  With steep rock-lined canyon walls along the creeks and the two miles of the rock-bottomed Caney River, it’s hard to believe that you are in Kansas.  With generous food and water sources, and the remoteness inherent to this area, the wildlife populations on this ranch are second to none.  The ranch is within the Flint Hills that are covered with the prolific tall grasses where cattle grazing is so well known.  The soils that make up the river bottom cropland historically produce bumper crops.  It currently is enrolled in the Walk-In Hunting Access program implemented by the Kansas Department of Wildlife.  This program can be canceled if so desired, but it does provide a very generous income stream to go along with the grazing and farming rental income.  This ranch has stunning physical features along with a very appealing agricultural income stream.

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Located approximately 85 miles southeast of Wichita, Kansas, and nearly 100 miles northwest of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the southern end of Chautauqua County, the Caney River Ranch is fairly remote and therefore less likely to be exposed to unwanted encroachment by strangers. There is a state highway just six miles north of the ranch for easy access in and out of the immediate area. Within a 40-mile radius, there are three jet-capable airports and there is daily commercial service out of both Wichita and Tulsa.


The Caney River Ranch is situated in the southern portion of one the world’s most productive natural ecosystems known as the Flint Hills.  This tallgrass prairie is naturally prolific due to the inherent soil types, the generous annual precipitation of around 36 inches and a growing season of nearly 190 days.  These rolling hills and canyons are marked with large rock outcroppings and boulders in and along the Caney River and the four live creeks.  With productive river-bottom land and the natural topography, it is easy to see why this area is known for trophy whitetail deer.


The average high temperature in January is 31 degrees and the average high temperature in July is 81 degrees.  Average annual precipitation is 39 inches.  Local elevation is 1,000 feet above sea level.  The ranch averages around 190 frost-free days yearly.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Acres used for grazing: 4,000± AcresCropland acres (river bottom):   250± AcresFormer CRP acres:  54± AcresFormer sanctuary acres:   100± AcresLand not grazed or farmed:   296± AcresTotal acres: 4,700± Acres

Deeded Acres: 4,700±
Total Leased Acres:
Total Acres: 4,700±

Additional Information

Elevation on the ranch ranges from 785 feet to 982 feet. 


There is one house on the south end of the ranch that was completely remodeled in 2007. It has four bedrooms, one bunkroom with three bunkbeds, one full bathroom, three 3/4 bathrooms and one half bathroom.Outbuildings include a 60 X 80 pole barn, an 8 X 20 storage container, approximately 12,000 bu. of grain storage, and 10 X 10 shed with concrete floor.

Mineral Rights

The mineral rights are intact but are not included in the sale.


Property taxes for 2015 were $13,608.40.

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