Located just 16 miles north of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the intersection of two major highways, the iconic Star Lake Ranch is a unique opportunity for the discerning investor. Comprised of 3,290± all-contiguous acres, the largest single block of land in Tulsa County is now offered for sale. The open rolling hills covered in native bluestem grass provide beautiful vistas in all directions. Well known throughout America in the pure bred Hereford cattle business, the ranch is accented with a well-appointed managers home, two modern matching cabins, an office/sale barn along with several other barns and outbuildings.
Just the Facts
- 3,290± acres
- 16 miles from downtown Tulsa
- One of the most iconic ranches in Oklahoma
- Located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and State Highway 20
- Open rolling hills of native tallgrass prairie
- Designed for maximum utilization and efficiency
- Well known as the headquarters for the Star Lake Herefords
- 16 main pastures, numerous paddocks and two working facilities
- Rural water is piped to over 50 waterers in addition to numerous lakes and ponds
- 90% of the interior fences are high-tensile hot wire
- 11,530 sq. ft. sale barn
- 3,470 sq. ft. breeding and embryo barn
- 3,360 sq. ft. equipment building and hay shed barn
- 2,850 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom managers house
- 2 modern owners cabins
The ranch fronts the west side of Highway 75, a four-lane highway, for 14,450 feet, and fronts the north side of Highway 20, also a four-lane highway, for 3,730 feet.
The ranch is made up of 3,290 pristine acres, all of which is comprised of native bluestem grasses. The historical management of the ranch has controlled the tree and brush cover so as to maintain the natural prairie conditions inherent to this region. Other than the planted trees along the main ranch road and around the improvements, you have to go up to the draw near the north of the ranch to find the only natural tree stand. 1/3 of the ranch is usually weed-sprayed each year on a rotational basis. In addition when conditions permit, a controlled burn on the native grass helps to maintain the integrity of the native grass species. Typically the ranch manager will put up prairie hay on about 600 acres on the north end of the ranch.
To maintain the natural look as much as possible, the ranch owner buried the electric lines for the ranch improvements along the main ranch road from the main entrance, off Highway 20. Rural water lines and sewer lines run along the south boundary of the ranch.
Star Lake was designed for the purpose of selecting, raising, breeding, exhibiting and marketing purebred cattle. It is extremely efficient and highly productive. With its high capacity embryo transfers and artificial insemination, this ranch can maximize premium genetics. The current owner has been a leader in the Hereford industry and the spring and fall production sales were “must attend” events. This offering includes a reputation in the cattle industry that insures the new buyer can hit the ground running.
The Tulsa MSA has a combined population of almost a million people. The Tulsa International Airport is 14 miles southeast of the ranch and is serviced by most major airlines and is one of American Airlines’ major service centers. Joplin, Missouri is 110 miles to the northeast, St. Louis is 395 to the northeast, Oklahoma City is 95 miles southwest, Dallas is 235 miles south, and Little Rock is 220 miles to the east.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
This is a beautiful 2,850 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house built in 1990. It is located east of the sale barn about halfway to Highway 75. This house is situated to take full advantage of the nearly unlimited views in all directions.
11,530 square foot pole barn with metal siding and roof, built in 1989 that is located near the center of the ranch. It is surrounded by numerous traps all feeding into the facility. It has a sale ring, 12 pipe stalls, a wash bay, and a tack room. There is a 13-foot wide pipe alley around the perimeter for holding cattle that feeds into outside pipe pens for loading out. A 2,160 square foot office adjoining the barn was added in 2006-2007. Concrete paving is utilized in the sale barn entry and the prep/stall area.
3,470 square foot pole barn with metal siding and roof built in 1989. It includes office, laboratory, pipe cattle pens, crowding alley and squeeze chute. There is also a 12-foot wide cattle alley along the south and west walls.
Cattle Working Pens
These are pipe pens consisting of four large pens, a covered squeeze chute and truck load-out chute. These are the first set of pens as you come into the ranch, up the first hill. One of the two employee houses plus a cattle shed are also at this location.
Equipment Building/Hay Shed
3,360 square foot pole barn with metal siding and roof, that includes a dock-high feed room, along with equipment storage and hay storage. This was built in 1990.
These two identical modern cabins were built in 1988 to serve as both a place for the owner and his family, plus ranch guests. They each total around 1,145 square feet, and are a contemporary design utilizing cedar and native stone. These both have the same floor plan, construction quality and materials. They consist of two bedrooms with two full baths, vaulted ceilings, built-in bookshelves, wood burning fireplace, wood paneling, wall-to-wall carpeting and forced air heating and cooling. They are located side by side on the ranch about halfway between the sale barn and the manager’s house.
House #1 is a manufactured home built in 1989 and is estimated to be 1,535 square feet in size. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The detached two-car garage is a pole barn with metal siding. House #2 is an older manufactured house built in the 1980’s with one bedroom and one bathroom.
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