Budde Reservoir Farm

$1,149,000 Ainsworth, NE 159± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Located just 4.5 miles from Ainsworth, Nebraska, the Budde Reservoir Farm consists of a beautiful custom-built home on the banks of a private lake with a mature timber setting. Included on the farm is a 128.7-acre water right. The majority of the cropland is irrigated by a Valley center pivot and balance is flood irrigated. The house, along with the deck, provides year-round views of the lake with the ambiance of wildlife, water, and the wind whistling through the pines. The farmland provides a nice income stream to supplement the beauty of the property. Exceptional wildlife opportunities include waterfowl, pheasants, and deer.

Just the Facts

  • 159± acres
  • Custom built home with two car attached garage
  • Center pivot irrigation
  • 128.7-acre water rights
  • Generac standby generator
  • Lake views
  • 10-acre private lake
  • Short paved driveway
  • Underground sprinklers
  • Great waterfowl habitat
  • Pheasants and Deer
  • Detached garage/workshop

General Description

The property has good maintained county road access with a very short private pavement driveway. The mature trees provide excellent privacy and consist of a wide variety, including pine, spruce, ash, cedar, maple, numerous ornamental/fruit trees, and shrubs. The custom-built house is just a few short feet away from the banks of Budde Reservoir and can be enjoyed from the deck. Highlights of the deck include the ability to hear the water splashing on the banks and the occasional fish jumping to catch a dragonfly. The deck is shaded well with a full canopy of trees. There are excellent views from within the house of the reservoir and wildlife. The irrigated acres provide excellent income to supplement retirement.

Broker's Comments

Budde Reservoir Farm is a very unique property with the private lakefront home along with irrigation. The opportunities are endless with this property, and its location to great outdoor activities. The reservoir can be enjoyed year-round, whether it is from the deck or amazing views through the windows of the house. There would be nothing better than a paddle-boat stroll across the lake and then ending a day lounging on the back deck, hearing the waves crashing on the shore, and the call of the Canada geese prior to sunset. The farm has it all, custom-built house, workshop, private lake, beautiful trees, highly-productive irrigated farmland, prime waterfowl, and big game hunting as well as an income stream.

Learn about the locale


Budde Reservoir Farm is located northwest of Ainsworth, Nebraska. Go west of Ainsworth approximately two miles on HWY 20 to 428th Avenue, proceed north for two and a half miles. The property lies on the west side of the county road.


Ainsworth, population 1,728, is the county seat for Brown County. Ainsworth provides all amenities, including health care. The area provides endless opportunities for recreation and sports, including golf, fishing, hunting, canoeing/kayaking, boating and hiking. The Sandhills Area of Nebraska is blessed with many great golf courses, including Prairie Club Resort and the local Ainsworth municipal course, which is just a few miles from the property. Hunting and fishing can be accessed on the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and Merritt Reservoir along with numerous Game and Parks WMA’s. The main recreational highlight of North Central Nebraska is the federally designated Niobrara Scenic River Corridor. The river valley consists of pine tree canyons with deciduous trees along the banks of the river. The river has been listed as one of the top ten canoeing rivers in the nation. Additionally, the Ainsworth Regional Airport is nearby and supports a 6,824 foot runway and full private jet service. 


Ainsworth area average summer highs are in the mid to upper 80’s and the coldest winter months average highs are mid 30’s to 40 degrees. The average annual precipitation is 23 inches, including average snowfall of 38 inches. The majority of the winter is open with no snow cover. 

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

  • 159± deeded acres
  • 128.7± acre Ainsworth Irrigation district water rights
  • 119± acre center pivot irrigation
  • 11± acre surface water irrigation
  • 10± acre reservoir
  • 20± acres of rangeland/hay ground

Deeded Acres: 159±
Total Leased Acres:
Total Acres: 159±


The house was custom built in 1998 and consists of a total of 3,844 square feet, including a full walkout basement. Also, a two-car attached garage complements the house. The house has a quaintly covered front porch and a back deck accessed by double sliding doors off the sunroom. The views of the lake are amazing from the porch and deck. 

  • Three bed/three and a half bath/office/two fireplaces/mud-room/ walkout basement/deck
  • Central heating and cooling(geothermal)
  • Anderson windows
  • Nine zone underground yard sprinklers
  • Fully insulated attached two-car garage
  • Two water heaters
  • Backup Generac generator on standby mode
  • Main floor consists of living room, formal dining room, kitchen with cherry cabinetry and tile/granite countertops, mudroom, sunroom, master bedroom with full bath, and half bath
  • Upper floor consists of two bedrooms, office, closet/storage, and family room with fireplace
  • Basement consists of pool table room, kitchen, storage areas, family room with fireplace, walkout, bathroom, and two unfinished rooms

Also, on the property is an 864 square foot detached garage/workshop. A steel grain bin is located on the south side of the property. The center pivot is an older but very functional seven tower Valley system.  

Water Resources

The property has a private well, supplying water to the buildings. The reservoir has storage appropriation of 30.10 acre-feet with a priority date of 3/18/1968 by the State of Nebraska. The reservoir is filled by the Ainsworth Irrigation Canal and then pumped out of the reservoir for the center pivot. The pumping station is all electrical. The reservoir provides great recreational opportunities is large enough for jet skis, and the property comes with a paddle-boat. 

Water Rights

All seller owned water rights will transfer to buyers.

Mineral Rights

All seller owned mineral rights will transfer to buyers.


Annual property taxes are estimated at $8,753.88 based upon past years.

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Wildlife Resources

The reservoir provides excellent habitat for year-round enjoyment of all types of waterfowl. Waterfowl hunting can be amazing on this property with the surrounding farm fields. Families of geese and ducks spend the summer months on the water. There are pheasants on the property, and the habitat could be greatly enhanced to promote hunting. It is not unusual to see deer wandering by from the deck of the house. For the size of the property, the wildlife resources are plentiful. 

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