The Drummond South Ranch, with over 8,418.01 acres in total under fence with a mix of 6,848.26± deeded acres and the balance of land leased from various neighbors, is now offered for sale after being owned by the same family for nearly 100 years. Frederick Drummond operated the ranch for nearly 50 years, eventually passing it along to his children. This scenic working cattle ranch is located nearly 20 miles northwest of Tulsa on a direct line, sits right above Keystone Lake, and is around three miles southwest of Skiatook Lake. One can see downtown Tulsa from several of the high points on the ranch.
This ranch is made up of the rolling hills covered with the typical species of native tall grasses, in addition to the abundant stands of trees that dominate this sector of the Cross Timbers ecoregion. Numerous draws run throughout the ranch. Several of those draws at times can have water backed up in them from Keystone Lake during periods of high flows from the Arkansas River that feeds Keystone Lake.
The ranch has been operated over the last 100 years by the same family as a working cattle ranch, and was typically running around 600 head of mother cows and calves annually. However, the general location of this Drummond South Ranch, with its proximity to Keystone and Skiatook Lakes, and the short drive to the Tulsa Metroplex, it’s become obvious that this land is moving in a transitional path that looks to be headed way beyond cattle ranching. This large landholding is nearly impossible to duplicate because of its unmatched location. The incredible proximity to Tulsa, Keystone Lake, and Skiatook Lake are just a few of the high points. The rolling hills of tall grass, the timbered areas full of blackjack and post oak trees, and the deep draws are home to an assorted wildlife population. The views from various high points on the ranch are stunning.
Just the Facts
- 8,418± acres in total
- 6,848± acres deeded land
- 1,569± acres leased (multiple landowners)
- 355± acres in joint ownership
- 30-minute drive northwest of Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Owned and operated by the same family over 100 years
- Stunning scenery with rolling hills and deep draws with ponds fed by flowing creeks
- Native tallgrass species interspersed with numerous hardwood tree stands
- Excellent whitetail deer hunting, along with turkey, wild hogs, quail, and waterfowl
- Very good fishing with over 45 ponds on the deeded land
- Overlooks Keystone Lake and is just three miles southwest of Skiatook Lake
- Located in Osage County, Oklahoma, the largest by area county in Oklahoma
- Nearby communities of Hominy, six miles to the north and Cleveland three miles to the west
- Osage County is home to the Osage Indian Tribe
- Typically operated with around 600 cow/calf pairs annually
- Average annual precipitation is 44 inches
- Average number of days of sunshine is 234
- Elevations run from around 730 feet up to 1,010 feet
- Average growing season will last up to 210 days
This Drummond South Ranch is currently home to around 600 cow/calf pairs. There are two homesteads on the property, one occupied by the ranch manager, and the other is used in conjunction with a hunting outfitter for his customers. There are five sets of working pens on the ranch, two of which are used for shipping and receiving livestock. The many different pastures with plenty of water sources means that this ranch can continue to be a cow/calf operation or be combined with or replaced entirely with a summer stocker cattle operation.
With the wide-open grass meadows coupled with an estimated 50 percent or so cover of brush and trees, this tract of land is a good working ranch and has a very strong recreational component. Whether you’re heading out to the ranch for a day of hunting, to try your luck at fishing at any of the numerous spring-fed ponds, or to go exploring the hills and draws on your UTV or ATV, the ranch is just 30 minutes from Tulsa. Or you may want to spend the day out on the water on one of the two large nearby reservoirs just minutes from the ranch.
The sale of this 11,693± acre ranch, of which 6,850.26 acres are deeded, has now come to the public market after being owned and operated by one of the most notable ranching families in the ranch world. They have been running approximately 600 cow/calf pairs on the ranch annually for many years, in addition to leasing out the whitetail deer hunting. With a tract of land of this size and only two residences on it, this is a true wildlife paradise only a 30-minute drive from Tulsa. The whitetail deer hunting is high on the trophy scale level here, and there are also healthy populations of turkey, bobwhite quail, bobcat, and feral hogs. There is very good fishing in many of the spring-fed ponds.
This is a unique opportunity to own such a large tract of land situated so close to the Tulsa metroplex that will produce a net positive return while at the same time providing nearly unlimited recreational opportunities. With little infrastructure to maintain and a practical tax status, the carrying requirements to own this property are very manageable. This amazingly setting is limited only by the next owner’s imagination and creativity. It’s been over 100 years since anyone else has had an opportunity to own this property.
Learn about the locale
The Drummond South Ranch is in the southernmost part of Osage County, just to the northwest of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is directly east of the town of Cleveland, which sits across Keystone Lake from the ranch maybe three miles. The southeasternmost corner of the ranch is about 20 miles northwest of Tulsa as the crow flies, or 30 miles by road. Hominy is six miles north of the ranch and New Prue is four miles east, all connected by hard-surface roads. The Keystone Lake is less than a mile south of the property and can be viewed from several points on the ranch. Skiatook Lake is three miles to the northeast.
Osage County is the largest county by area in Oklahoma, comprising over 2,300 square miles of land in northeastern Oklahoma. It is the home to the Osage Indian Tribe, with its headquarters located in Pawhuska, which also serves as the county seat. The rich and colorful history of the county is anchored by the Osage Nation and their remarkable oil production history that started with the first successfully completed well in 1901.
The county is often referred to as the hub of traditional ranching as it is renowned for its countless cattle herds on the bountiful grazing lands. With many large historical ranching operations still going on today, it’s simply a way of life here on a daily basis to see cowboys in their pickups pulling trailers loaded with their ranch horses going down the road or stopped at a local café for lunch. The beautiful grass and tree-covered hills go on for miles, interspersed by draws with seeping springs along with seasonal and year-round streams. The Kansas state line forms the county’s northern boundary, and the Arkansas River, the 6th longest river in America, is the southern boundary.
The average annual precipitation for this area is 44 inches and generally occurs over 78 days throughout the year. Typically, most of this moisture will be rainfall, along with around 9 inches of snowfall. The normal year will produce around 234 sunny days. The average high in July can be around 92 degrees, while the average low in January may reach down to 25 degrees. Temperatures usually reach over 80 degrees from mid-May through mid-September, with June, July, and August as the months when the humidity is generally the highest. There are approximately 200 frost-free days each year.
Learn more about the property
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Deeded Land: 6,850.26± Acres
BIA Leased Land: 1,612± Acres
Zink Lease: 2,876± Acres
Miscellaneous Leases: 355± Acres
Total Acres: 11,693.26± Acres
Deeded Acres: 6,848±
Other Leased Acres: 1,570±
Total Leased Acres: 1,570±
Total Acres: 8,418±
Lowest Elevation: 730
Highest Elevation: 1,010
Elevation on the ranch ranges from 730 feet along the draws feeding into Keystone Lake, all the way up to 1,010 feet on the highest hills.
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There are two employee houses on the ranch. The manager’s house is a modern prefabricated structure and is sited with several outbuildings, roping arena, and working pens. The second house is currently used for hunting guides, and, except for a hay barn and shop building, it is not overly improved.
Livestock water resources
The ranch is generously watered on the deeded land with over 45 spring-fed and run-off ponds, in addition to another 28 or more ponds on the lease land.
As is typical in Osage County, the Osage Nation owns all the subsurface mineral rights, so there are no mineral rights included in the sale.
Property taxes for 2020 were $3,747.00 (approximately $0.54 per acre).
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