This is a tremendous working ranch and recreational property conveniently located less than 15 miles from I-90 and 15 minutes from Murdo, South Dakota. Little White River Ranch totals 7,469± acres which includes 4,029± deeded acres, 1,440± acres of private lease, and 2,000± acres of Rosebud Tribal Lease. The ranch has varied topography ranging from grass-covered hillsides, pastures, dryland farm ground to tree-covered river bottom. The Little White River runs through the ranch for two miles and is primal wild game habitat. The ranch has a nice set of improvements consisting of two homes, shops, calving barns, four sets of working facilities, and numerous outbuildings. The property is well watered with miles of pipeline feeding strategically placed stock tanks and numerous stock dams. There are approximately 60 acres of permitted irrigation ground and 600 acres of dryland farm ground. For the hunter, the ranch provides very good whitetail deer hunting as well as mule deer, turkey, and upland birds. The Little White River is also a fishery, and there are also two large spring-fed ponds on the ranch loaded with fish.
Just the Facts
- 7,469± acres total with 4,029± deeded
- Two miles of the Little White River
- Great whitetail, mule deer, antelope, turkey, and some upland bird hunting
- Fishing for walleye & catfish in the river, and bass, perch, and other species in stock dams
- Miles of pipeline to stock tanks and numerous stock dams
- Four sets of working facilities
- Owner currently runs 650-700 cows on the ranch through the winter
- Great winter range ranch because of very good protection
- Main home has tremendous views overlooking the ranch and the river
- Ranch manager home close to the river and working facilities
- 58.3± acres permitted irrigation ground
- Owner would sell all equipment and livestock to interested buyer
The current owner has wintered and calved out 600 - 800 mother cows on the ranch. The ranch is well suited to this type of operation because of the supplemental feed put up on the leased dryland ground as well as great protection from storms and inclement weather especially during calving. The 600± acres of farm ground have allowed the owner to have one year’s worth of supplemental hay on hand in most years.
The tribal leases have been very easy to negotiate and have been five year renewable leases.
The owner would sell all equipment and livestock to an interested buyer!
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Leased Acres: 3,440 Acres
Total Acres: 7,469 Acres
The ranch is unencumbered from any easements and may be a great candidate for a conservation easement in the future.
*Some of the outstanding photography herein was provided by Dillion Muirhead. (Contact information is available upon request.)
Along the west side of the river, there are also some additional improvements. A 4,800± square foot barn, heated shop, working pens, and sucker rod corrals. The corral facilities can handle 600 pairs on the east side of the river, and there is a smaller set of corrals on the west side. New 3,200± square foot heated calving barn. There are heated vet shacks on both sides of the river.
For a hired man or guests, there is a newer 720± square foot home on the southeast side of the river. In addition, there is a new 3,200± square foot calving barn, a 2,400± square foot older barn, and a vet shack.
In addition to the water locations shown on the map, there are several developed and natural springs located throughout the ranch and shallow wells that service a tank in strategic locations along the river.
There are numerous stock dams throughout the ranch that provide great watering sources for cattle and wildlife.
There is fishing for walleye and catfish in the Little White River. Two large spring-fed ponds on the ranch are also loaded with game fish such as bass, crappie, perch, and other species.
The ranch has good perimeter and cross-fencing. Eleven pastures allow efficient rotational grazing on the ranch. Water sources are available in each pasture for cattle. There is also a 2,200± foot artesian well. All stock tanks have concrete lids and are located on fence lines to allow cattle to water in both pastures. The pastures are primarily made up of bluestem, brome and grama grasses. A new owner should independently evaluate ranch carrying capacity to suit their own management style.
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