The Smith River Ranch is located in an area of large Montana ranches where properties are highly sought after but tightly held and historically hard to come by. The 227± acre property offers stunning views of the river, the Big and Little Belt mountains to the east and west, and the Castle Mountain Range to the south. There is over one-half mile of both sides of the Smith River, which is a famous wild trout fishery with some very large fish. The wide wetland corridor includes a spring-fed slough and irrigated hay meadows which support a variety of large and small game, upland birds and waterfowl. The elegant four-bedroom timber-frame home is strategically situated above the river, offering an expansive panorama of the nearby mountains and the river corridor. With paved access just 15 miles northwest of White Sulphur Springs and an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Bozeman, the ranch offers a convenient getaway loaded with recreational flair right in the midst of a very special and largely unaltered ranching landscape.
Just the Facts
- 1.5 hours from Bozeman and 15 minutes from White Sulphur Springs
- 227± acres with 37± acres being classified as tillable irrigated ground, 189± acres grazing land, and a 1 acre homestead
- Over a half mile of private trout fishing on the Smith River
- A well-appointed timber frame home with an open floor plan
- Wildlife includes waterfowl populations, whitetail and mule deer, Hungarian partridge, antelope, sandhill cranes, and waterfowl
- Surrounded by large and traditional ranching neighbors
- Diverse recreational amenities
- Beautiful views of 3 mountain ranges and the river
There is a strong sense of community in White Sulphur. The town and surrounding ranch owners support a variety of local enterprises, but are opening their doors for more cultural and arts experiences. The Red Ants Pants Festival, held every summer in a “cow pasture” just outside of town, has featured such notable musicians as Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris. It is a fun-filled, family-style gathering complete with food, camping and nonstop dancing, drawing people from all over the United States. The proceeds go to support the community.
For the winter sports enthusiast, several notable ski resorts are 30 to 60 minutes away and include Showdown Ski Area and Bridger Bowl as well as the more distant two-plus-hour’s excursion to Big Sky Ski Resort.
It is fair to say that White Sulphur Springs is generally considered to be an area of large ranches that tend to remain in stable hands over generations. Few have passed into non-local hands but they have increased in size and are operated seriously. One of the great benefits of the area is that it is “off the beaten path” but is rapidly growing in popularity as witnessed by a number of notable ranch sales over the last 10 years. There is no question that its considerable amenities are fast being recognized. We consider it to be a bit of a “sleeper” at the moment.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
• 189± acres grazing land
• 1± acre homestead
In addition to a whole host of recreational pursuits located near the property, there are a handful of rivers and creeks to fish within a short driving distance. The Shields and Yellowstone rivers are located within an hour of the ranch and are arguably some of the best fly-fishing rivers in the state.
The Missouri River, 90± minutes from the ranch, has the tail-water section of the river below Toston Dam and offers world-class fishing for large brown and rainbow trout. For the lake fisherman, Canyon Ferry Lake is 30 minutes from the ranch and boasts exceptional fishing for a variety of species including walleye, trout, northern pike, brook trout and Kokanee salmon.
There are many mountain lakes in the nearby national forest including a unique group of lakes a short distance from the property that offer productive trout fishing. Access is available by 4-wheel drive, horses, biking or hiking.
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