LF RANCH | Sold
Augusta, Montana | Lewis and Clark County
- 42,215 Total Acres
- All the Attributes of a National Park
“Complementing the big-fish experience are the awesome scenery and the sense of timeless remoteness; there is no place quite like this. Close your eyes and think of Montana 150 years ago.”
Charles F. Gauvin, President and CEO Emeritus, Trout Unlimited
The historic LF Ranch is, simply put, one of the most magnificent Montana ranches to become available in decades. The Ranch encompasses almost 42,215 deeded and leased acres, a sizable property even by Montana standards. But it is the astounding diversity of this wild and pristine acreage — almost all of which is enclosed within ranch boundaries that makes the LF so spectacular and unique. The Ranch rises from lush prairie grasses through riparian zones along its many creeks, past the iconic Haystack Butte, and up the Rocky Mountain Front to the Lewis and Clark National Forest, with which it shares a boundary for almost eight miles. The Rocky Mountain Front wraps around the Ranch on the south and west, forming what is, in effect, a privately-owned preserve with all the attributes of a national park.
This is the heart of the Crown of the Continent, one of only two intact ecosystems remaining in the lower 48 states, and home to possibly the richest collection of wildlife in North America. The LF Ranch is a jewel in that crown.
Five spring-fed streams, offering over 37 miles of trophy trout fisheries, and over 113 miles of riparian habitat serpentine through the Ranch creating private fisheries that yield large, healthy populations of rainbow and brown trout. Virtually every mammal known to the American Rockies – elk, mule deer, white tail deer, antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, wolves, mountain lion – lives here, as well as grouse and Hungarian partridge. The plethora of wildlife coupled with the diverse terrain, running waters and the protected boundaries makes for unmatched outdoor experiences, whether fishing, hunting, hiking or horseback riding.
The Ranch currently runs about 1,300 head of cattle and produces about 700 tons of hay annually. This is a low-overhead operation that, under present ownership, has consistently operated in the black. Facilities including barns, chutes, docks and pens, are well maintained and efficient. The residential improvements, including a charming owner’s cabin, are modest but comfortable and designed for recreational use and utilitarian staff housing.
The LF has had only two owners since famed Montana rancher J.B. Long first assembled the property in the early 1900s. Over the last 30 years, the current owners have enhanced the holding with strategic acquisitions and careful stewardship of the land and native habitat. The result is a legacy ranch of unsurpassed beauty and biodiversity that also presents an attractive land and conservation investment.