Crazy Hole Creek Ranch

$8,900,000 Winner, SD 3,621± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Crazy Hole Creek Ranch is in South Central South Dakota near the town of Winner. The ranch consists of 4,181± acres, of which 3,621± acres are deeded. The property is highlighted by a 4,800± square foot log home overlooking a meadow and 30-acre reservoir. The ranch has a 500-cow year-round capacity and is currently an elite purebred Angus operation that has put a stamp on many cowherds in the Midwest. Excellent facilities are in place for the livestock operation including a large sale facility and calving barns. Water is not in shortage on this ranch, with a spring-fed creek meandering through the property and excellent livestock water throughout the ranch. With the combination of great feed sources, fresh flowing water, and brush-filled draws, the ranch provides great wildlife habitat supporting deer, turkeys, grouse, and pheasants. Crazy Hole Creek Ranch is as good of a year-round ranch as you will find in the Northern Plains, and don’t overlook the recreational side of it.

Just the Facts

  • 4,181± total acres
  • 3,621± deeded acres
  • 500 cow/calf year-round operation
  • Excellent cattle facilities
  • 4,800± square foot log home overlooking reservoir
  • Two additional homes
  • Crazy Hole Creek runs the entire length of property
  • Purebred Angus operation
  • Excellent fishing and hunting
  • Dryland farm ground
  • Sub-irrigated meadows
  • Hard grass ranch

General Description

The ranch lies in the fertile Crazy Hole Creek Valley. It is where you will find some of the most northern natural sub-irrigated meadows. Crazy Hole Creek originates below the tall bluffs and draws on the northern end of the ranch and meanders down the middle of the ranch. The log cabin home is along the bank of the 30-acre fishing dam. The valley has numerous trees and shrubs lining the creek that provide habitat for the wildlife. The ranch has all the major improvements for a purebred cattle operation.

Broker's Comments

The ranch is as good of a combination of productive resources as you will find. The sub-irrigated meadows are just about the northernmost you will find and unique to have with the hard grass country. Crazy Hole Creek Ranch is complete with all the amenities for a great year-round operation and simply put, it is an AUM machine with great wildlife.

Learn about the locale


The ranch is located between Valentine, NE, and Winner, SD. From Valentine, travel 10 miles east on HWY 12, 11 miles north on Hidden Timber Road, 8.9 miles east, and 8 miles north to the ranch. From Winner, travel west on HWY 18 for 15 miles. Turn South at 299th Avenue and follow the main gravel road 15.5 miles to the ranch.


The local area is steeped in ranching history and has become known as some of the best cattle country in the U.S. This part of South Central South Dakota is where the hard grass prairie meets the sub-irrigated meadows of Northern Nebraska, and most cattle work is still done horseback with family and friends. Valentine and Winner both provide all major amenities and airport runways capable of private jet service.


The ranch averages 24 inches of rain per year and 46 inches of snow. On average, the winters do not have snow cover for nearly 70 percent of the winter months. The sunshine is plentiful, with about 226 days of clear sunny skies. July has the hottest summer average temperature at 88 degrees and the lowest wintertime average highs are in the lower 30s.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Total Acres: 4,181± Acres
Deeded Acres: 3,621± Acres
Tillable Acres:  900± Acres
Sub irrigated meadows:  650± Acres

Deeded Acres: 3,621±
Indian Leased Acres: 560±
Total Leased Acres: 560±
Total Acres: 4,181±


•    Log home is 4,800± sq. ft. with loft, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, fireplace, and overlooks reservoir
•    Modular home is 1,600± sq. ft.with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and fireplace
•    Old Ranch home is 3,200 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 1 bath
•    Sale barn facility is 144’X66’X14”, with cement floor and is newer construction
•    Large calving barns and sheds
•    Excellent cattle handling improvements
•    Great living winter shelterbelts
•    Backgrounding lots

Water Resources

The highlight of water on the ranch is Crazy Hole Creek and Reservoir. The creek is spring-fed and flows year-round. The reservoir provides great waterfowl habitat and some of the area’s best fishing. The pastures are watered with a combination of windmills, solar wells, and submersibles. Water tanks are strategically placed to maximize grazing distribution. The wells are high producers and with excellent water quality.

Mineral Rights

All seller owned mineral rights will be transferred to buyer.


Annual real estate taxes are approximately $20,368.

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Wildlife Resources

The combination of feed sources and habitat creates a mecca for the wildlife. Mornings from the log home will be filled with views of ducks, geese, deer, pheasants, turkeys, grouse, along with numerous predators. The ranch has produced some exceptional trophy deer through the years. The reservoir provides opportunities for boating and freshwater fishing. This is a great place to entertain friends and family with top-notch hunting/fishing trips. It is no secret of the quality and abundance of wildlife on the ranch.

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General Operations

The ranch has been operated as a purebred angus outfit for many years. You will find all the needed and necessary corrals, pens, calving facilities, shelterbelts, and buildings for a complete year-round operation.  The ranch is heavy on hay production, which can also be utilized for grazing. The operation is an extremely high AUM per acre ranch with a combination of sub-irrigated meadows and tillable lush hard grass. This combination can lead to many different options for management strategies.

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