Shortridge Ranch on Smith Creek
- REDUCED TO $2,375,000
- 678 Deeded Acres
- Hunting and Fishing Paradise
The Shortridge Ranch on Smith Creek, historically known as the Shoco Ranch, is located near beautiful and historic Augusta, Montana – the “Gateway to the Bob Marshall Wilderness”. With exquisite views of the Rocky Mountain Front and Haystack Butte, the Ranch straddles about one and a half miles of Smith Creek, one of the finest personal-sized trout streams in the area. The Ranch is currently utilized to host private hunting expeditions for upland game birds and white-tail deer as well as fishing excursions for anglers seeking feisty brown trout and burly rainbows.
The Ranch consists of about 678 acres of deeded land which includes approximately 260 acres of lush creek bottom, sub-irrigated pastures and irrigated hay meadows – ideal habitat for deer and upland game birds. The hay meadows have been leveled and are predominately flood irrigated with gated pipe. Approximately five acres are under buildings and corrals with the balance in native range land. A small 47-acre State of Montana Lease parcel located on the northeast corner of the Ranch will also convey with the sale.
Modest but well-kept improvements, including a 1907 gambrel barn, are easily accessible just off of Highway 435. In addition to the main Ranch compound, there are two cabins perfectly sited on a bluff above Smith Creek that are utilized for lodging for hunting and fishing expeditions.
The Ranch is ideally suited for a gentlemen’s ranch or a nice-sized horse operation. The lush native pastures are well suited for maintaining several saddle horses or a small herd of cattle for the summer months. With unlimited trail riding opportunities out your back door, the next owner could enjoy years of exploring the trails on the Ranch and the 6,500 acres of public land that border the Property.
Shortridge Ranch is unencumbered by a conservation easement. Numerous conservation groups would be eager to speak with the next owner to discuss the tax benefits of placing an easement on this highly desirable Ranch.
Owned by the same family for over one-hundred years, the Ranch has both an historic appeal and enticing recreational amenities. The Ranch will provide its next owner an authentic ranch on a great trout fishery and hunting preserve with close proximity to some of the very best outdoor recreation and beauty Montana has to offer. The Shortridge Ranch on Smith Creek conveys a genuine sense of security and privacy while living less than an hour from Great Falls.