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Swan Land Properties
Big Game Hunting
Powell County


  • Deer Lodge, Montana

  • 3,487 Deeded

  • $2,915,000

The 3,487± deeded acres and approximately 320 acres of State Lease land, creating 3,807 total acres, consist of open parks, timberland, and the lush riparian thread of Peterson Creek. There is also a 63-acre Patented Mining Claim in close proximity that is included in the sale of this Property. The views of the Flint Creek Mountain Range and the Continental Divide are unsurpassed. The Property is surrounded on three sides by the Deer Lodge National Forest. Plentiful sources of surface water create an ideal habitat for numerous species of wildlife and livestock. There are four different creeks, including two perennial streams and numerous springs scattered throughout the Property. A calving ground for elk in the spring, the wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities are endless with deer, antelope, moose, bear, upland birds, and waterfowl.

A good system of roads and trails allows accessibility throughout the Property and create multiple options to build a family compound capturing all the amenities that are available. The stock water development, perimeter and cross fencing, abundant timber, and grass resources offer productive grazing and shelter for livestock.

Held in the Vanisko family for over sixty years, Peterson Creek Elk Haven is being offered for sale and is well-priced in today’s accelerating land market. It is difficult to find properties with these qualities in Western Montana priced at $845 per acre.

Peterson Creek Elk Haven can be purchased in conjunction with the adjoining 3,400 acres of O’Donnell Mountain Meadows. Please inquire with the Bozeman Office for additional information.


Located five miles east of Galen, nine miles southeast of Deer Lodge, and about thirty miles northwest of Butte, Peterson Creek Elk Haven is easily accessible via Boulder Road. This county road which runs through the Property creates accessibility to the north-west boundary on a seasonal basis. Several additional private roads and trails provide accessibility throughout the Property.
Deer Lodge, the county seat of Powell County and the second oldest town in Montana has a population of just over 3,000.  Many churches, museums, an excellent elementary and high school system, a new hospital, a progressive business community along with the recent downtown-beautification project enhance the balanced and healthy lifestyle of Deer Lodge.  The Pre-K through 12th-grade public schools offer a 14 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio with quality teachers and good parent involvement.  With about 263 students, the high school is categorized as a Class A school and provides a great learning environment and competitive interscholastic athletic programs.


The Property is within an hour and a half from three commercial airports with private FBOs:

Helena Regional Airport Authority –Alaska Airlines, Delta, United
Bert Mooney Airport, Butte –Alpine Air Express, Delta
Missoula International Airport –Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, United

For private aircraft, fuel service is available at the Deer Lodge – Powell County Airport located four miles west of Deer Lodge City Center.  At an elevation of 4,688 feet, the 5,800-foot asphalt runway is in good condition and can be contacted on CTAF frequency 122.9.

Anaconda’s Bowman Field Airport (3U3) provides two asphalt runways that are in fair to good condition. The airport sits at an elevation of 5,030’ above sea level and can be contacted on CTAF frequency 122.80.  The airport is suitable for private aircraft and is easily accessible.  Additional information is available on their website:

Approximate driving distances from Peterson Creek Elk Haven to other Montana cities and attractions are:
Deer Lodge

5 miles
9 miles
28 miles
50 miles
64 miles
90 miles
133 miles

The elevation gain on Peterson Creek Elk Haven from the lowest point to the highest elevation is about 1,650 feet.  The northwest corner of the Property sits at about 5,800 feet above sea level with the northeast corner at around 7,450 feet above sea level.  Due to the surrounding mountains, the diverse terrain and the variation in elevation, there are many micro-climates within the confines of the Property.
The average annual precipitation is 24 inches, with the lower elevations receiving approximately 14 inches while the higher elevations can receive in excess of 40 inches.  The area’s average growing season is approximately 114 days.
Average maximum temperatures in June, July and August range from 72° to 80° Fahrenheit.  In December, January and February average maximum temperatures are between 34° and 39° Fahrenheit.  Summer nights average about 45° Fahrenheit.  Winter average minimum is between 13° and 16° Fahrenheit.  This is an area that receives a good amount of sunshine throughout the year with an average of 176 sunny days.

There are no improvements on the Property.

The taxes on the real estate for 2014 were approximately $3,500.

Electricity and telephone services are currently not available on the Property.  There is limited cell coverage in certain locations of the Property which is provided by either Verizon or Mid-Rivers Communications.

Contact Swan Land Company for details.

The Sellers will convey with the Property 100% of whatever mineral, oil, gas, geo-thermal, hydro-carbon and gravel rights which they actually own, subject to reservations by previous owners.  The Sellers make no representation as to the quantity or quality of any mineral or other appurtenant subsurface rights.

Deer Lodge is the location of Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, dedicated to the interpretation of the frontier cattle ranching era. This site was the home of one of the famous “Cattle Kings” of Montana – Conrad Kohrs, whose land holdings once stretched over a million acres of Montana, Wyoming, and Alberta, Canada. The Grant-Kohrs Ranch was built in 1862 by Johnny Grant, a fur-trader and trapper who encouraged his people to settle in Deer Lodge because of its pleasant climate and its ideal environment for raising cattle and horses.
Deer Lodge was named after a geological formation known as Warm Springs Mound which contained natural saline that made for a natural salt lick for the local deer population.  Wildlife would winter in the protected valley as the temperatures in the high country dropped – hence the name Deer Lodge.

Within the confines of Peterson Creek Elk Haven are plentiful recreational opportunities for horseback riding, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, four wheeling and cross-county skiing.  With the Property surrounded on three sides by the Deer Lodge National Forest these options become unlimited.  The adjoining National Forest which draws big game onto the Property contains more than 1,000 miles of fishing streams, 140 lakes, 629 miles trails, and 43,629 acres of wilderness.
Deer Lodge County offers a plethora of fishing and hunting, golfing, boating, skiing as well as other winter-time activities.  Georgetown Lake is approximately 3,700 acres and offers year ‘round activities.  This blue ribbon fishery is home to trophy-sized rainbow and brook trout, as well as kokanee salmon.  Ice fishing is also popular in the winter.  Boating, jet skiing and canoeing or kayaking are all options to cool off after an adventurous hike or mountain bike ride on the countless trails surrounding the lake.
Within two hours of the Property there are two downhill snow-sport mountains.  Discovery Ski Area, just west of Anaconda, is a great family ski hill offering a diverse terrain for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. From the 67 runs with 2,100 patrolled acres of skiing you can enjoy the stunning vista overlooking Georgetown Lake.  Great Divide ski area offers 140 trails and six terrain parks spread out over three mountain peaks and three distinct valleys on an area covering 1,600 acres and miles of winter entertainment.


The Big Hole River, a world renowned trout fishery, is one of only a few free-flowing rivers remaining in the West.  A major tributary of the Missouri River, the Big Hole River flows through the heart of the Deerlodge National Forest and offers a full menu of fly-fishing experiences.  It is wonderful to float its classic riffle, run and pool water during the higher flows in June when the renowned salmon-fly hatch explodes to provide one of fly-fishing’s most rewarding experiences.  The River is comfortably wadable from July through October when classic caddis, trico, hopper and mayfly hatches continue the consistent feeding action on the Big Hole.  Streamer fishing is particularly enjoyable in the spring and late fall.  The productive Middle Section supports a good population of large fish – catching German browns up to 23 inches in length can be a fruitful and consistent experience.
The Property is situated in Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunting District 215.  A general deer tag allows hunting of mule deer bucks and either sex whitetail in both the archery and general seasons.  The elk population on the Property is significant and there are numerous trophy elk that are harvested annually.  Please refer to the FWP website for the most current hunting information.

Peterson Creek Elk Haven’s 3,807 ± contains abundant wildlife, water, aesthetics, and diverse terrain – with aspen and willow-laden creek bottoms to dark timber in the upper elevations.  All species of wildlife pertinent to the region can be found on the Property.
The magnificent combination of proximity to the Continental Divide, abundant grasses and forbs, outstanding hunting, and convenient location present an opportunity that is increasingly rare to own in Montana and the West.
The higher elevations on the eastern portion typically get good snow coverage throughout the winter months providing endless options for recreating.
This offering represents a quality opportunity to own a legitimate big game retreat or expand the summer grazing capacity of an existing cattle operation.  Investing in a private and tangible block of deeded land in good proximity to the conveniences of civilization is attractive in today’s turbid economic times.

Peterson Creek Elk Haven, as previously described herein, is offered at US $2,915,000 Cash or at Terms acceptable solely at the discretion of the Sellers.  The conditions of sale are as follows:

  1. All offers to purchase or letters of intent must be in writing and accompanied by a wire transfer of 5.00% of the Purchase Price to the escrow account of Stewart Title Company of Missoula, Montana;
  2. Earnest money deposits will be placed in escrow with Stewart Title Company which will then place the funds with a local bank;
  3. All Prospective Buyers must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Sellers unquestioned financial capability to purchase the Property prior to scheduling an inspection of the Property;
  4. The Sellers will provide and pay for a standard owner’s title insurance policy.  Any endorsements requested by the Buyer or any lender will be at Buyer’s expense.  Title to the real property will be conveyed by a warranty deed;
  5. All of the water right claims controlled by the Ranch will be transferred to the Buyer at Closing, and 100% of the mineral rights which the Sellers actually own will be conveyed to the Buyer at Closing;
  6. Buyers’ Brokers are welcome and invited to contact either Michael Swan or David Lowry in our Bozeman Office for information regarding Cooperation Policies;
  7. Any additional documentation provided to Prospective Buyers and their Agents related to and expanding upon the information contained in this offering brochure may be subject to terms of a Confidentiality Agreement to be signed by the Prospective Buyer and their Agents prior to the delivery of such documentation.


The Sellers reserve the right to effect a tax-deferred exchange for other real property in accordance with provisions in Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Buyer will not be required to incur any additional expenses nor to step into the chain of title on any property which the Seller may acquire.

This entire Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice and approval of purchase by the Sellers.  Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, crop yields, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been obtained from sources deemed reliable; however, accuracy is not warranted or guaranteed by the Sellers or Swan Land Company.  Prospective Buyers should verify all information to their sole and complete satisfaction.

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David A. Lowry
My love for the land runs deep. I’ve been fortunate enough to lease and own working and recreational ranches in some truly breathtaking places, including Colorado, Montana, and British Columbia. As an avid hunter and angler with an entrepreneurial streak, I’ve always been equally passionate about the working and recreational aspects of running a ranch. ...
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Swan Land Broker, David Lowry
Michael S. Swan
It was growing up in Southwest Montana where that deep sense of love for the land was first instilled in me. Our family ranch was on the banks of the Jefferson River near Twin Bridges. Being raised on a sizable commercial cow-calf operation, my brothers and I learned the importance of being good stewards of ...
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