Geyser, Montana | Chouteau and Judith Basin Counties
- Approximately 30,654± Total Acres
- Offered for Sale for the First Time Since 1944
Nestled at the base of the Highwood Mountains of north central Montana, the historic Strand Ranch is comprised of 30,654± total acres of which 28,894± are deeded and 1,760± acres are State of Montana lease. Situated between the small towns of Geraldine and Geyser, the Ranch has good access to Geyser via Geyser Road on a year-round basis.
Solid senior water rights totaling about 33.24 cubic feet per second (CFS) provide water flow to the approximately 1,050 acres of irrigated meadows and sub-irrigated bottom land. Historically, the Ranch has irrigated about 600 acres of meadows along Cottonwood Creek for hay production yielding between 1.75 to 2.0 tons of grass hay per acre on one cutting. With the efficient utilization of the grass resource and the abundant water sources, the Ranch comfortably carries 1,100 head of mother cows.
Round Butte, a notable landmark in the region, is completely within the confines of the deeded acreage and provides an idyllic ecosystem for about 30 head of native mountain goats. The iconic Square Butte adjoins the Ranch on the northeast border. The timbered foothills of the Highwood Mountains harbor good populations of elk, deer and upland game birds including sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge. Cottonwood Creek runs through the length of the Ranch providing a cottonwood-lined riparian corridor creating additional habitat for wildlife and upland birds. Six creeks, dozens of springs, ponds and developed water provide an abundant water resource for livestock and wildlife. Water developments have been strategically located throughout the Ranch providing numerous fresh water sources in each pasture.
The improvements consist of several sets of functional working corrals, calving barns, a horse barn, several equipment storage sheds, a good working shop and four modest but well-maintained homes. The absence of poorly-designed, outlandish residential structures provides an equally rare opportunity to execute exactly what feels best to the next owner.
A portion of the Ranch is under a conservation easement with the Montana Land Reliance, and is described in greater detail later in this prospectus.
The Seller of the Strand and their legal counsel recently cleared a cloud on the title of the Ranch which delayed the marketing process earlier this Fall. The Strand Ranch will be conveyed to its next owner with merchantable title, free of any clouds or liens. Please contact the listing agent if you have any questions regarding this matter.
Offered for sale for the first time since 1944, the Historic Strand Ranch is a step back in time and provides privacy and solace in one of the best ranching and recreational areas the West has to offer. The Ranch is being offered for sale to settle the estate of the late Leroy Strand. It is the desire of the Trustees of the Estate to transition the Ranch to a buyer who will appreciate and enjoy the Ranch and the surrounding community as much as Mr. Strand had for all his years of ownership.