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Swan Land Properties
Near the Historic Town of Fort Benton
Chouteau County


  • Fort Benton, Montana

  • 320 Deeded

  • $495,000

River View Basin sits between Loma and Fort Benton, Montana. With a basin setting, views of the Teton River and the distant mountains, privacy, and a host of game species, this property is sure to please. There are numerous options for home sites, or it would be perfect for a recreational cabin. Electricity can be brought in from within ¼ of a mile of the property. With very little for sale in this area, we are pleased to offer the River View Basin consisting of 320± well-blocked acres teeming with game and loaded with recreation opportunities. There are a host of big game animals including mule deer, whitetail deer, and antelope plus bobcats, coyotes, and gophers. In addition, there is excellent goose hunting. The property includes 130± acres of very productive farm ground historically yielding 70± bushels of winter wheat or 2¼ tons of barley hay per acre. The farm ground is currently leased back to a local farmer at $30 per acre annually.

To enhance hunting, the opportunity exists to create some food plots. This property sits directly in the Pacific Flyway and draws in geese by the hundreds. It also is surrounded on three sides by BLM allowing access to a virtually unlimited playground for recreation and hunting. Whether it be wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing in the nearby Teton, Marias, or Missouri Rivers or just enjoying the beauty and plain solitude, this property will not disappoint. One trip to Fort Benton and you will understand the lure of this great little town with all the amenities one could possibly need, not to mention the multitude of recreational opportunities in the area. In addition, it is within 45 minutes of the third largest city in Montana, Great Falls, and the Great Falls International Airport.

Both Fort Benton and Loma are steeped in history due to their locations on the mighty Missouri River. During your trip to Fort Benton, you will be fascinated with the deep history stemming back to the days when Montana was still a territory. From 1846 on, for fur traders, cowboys, Indians, soldiers, and Western pioneers, Fort Benton was a gathering place. All sorts of people gathered, overnighted, resupplied, socialized, and then headed out to their various destinations. Located on the west bank of the Missouri River, it was the last stop for the steamships traveling up the river. After all, it was an American Fur Company Trading Post with accessibility via steamship. When you visit, make a stop at the Grand Union Hotel, take in the beauty of this small town, enjoy the history, the river, and the hospitality, and you will certainly not want to leave. It is undoubtedly, the best small town in Montana.


Established in 1846 as an American Fur Company Trading Post, Fort Benton, steeped in history, is one of the oldest communities in the American West.  Situated on the west bank of the Missouri River with a population of just under 1,500, Fort Benton was named by Forbes as one of America’s Top 15 Prettiest Towns.  Fort Benton offers all of the necessary amenities of a small town – agricultural supplies, hardware, restaurants, and healthcare facilities, to name a few.  In addition, Fort Benton has a multitude of recreational amenities.


The Property is about 42 miles from Great Falls, the third-largest city in Montana.  Known as the “Electric City” for its hydroelectric dams, Great Falls is the commercial and banking hub of north central Montana.  With a population of approximately 60,000, Great Falls offers a complete and diverse array of retail, dining, and supply and equipment services.  Great Falls Clinic Medical Center and Benefits Health System both provide quality health care and surgical services.  It is also home to the University of Providence, formerly the University of Great Falls, a private, Roman Catholic liberal arts university.


Great Falls International Airport serves Alaska, Allegiant Air, Delta, and United Airlines.  Currently, direct flights are available to Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix/Mesa, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.  For up-to-date flight schedules and airport information, please refer to the airport website: Lewistown Municipal Airport (LWT) is located two miles southwest of Lewistown and is served by Newton Aviation, Central Air Service, and Gulf Stream International Airline.  There are two additional asphalt runways, one of 5,600’ x 100’ which is in poor condition, and one of 4,102’ x 60’ which is in good condition.  The airport sits at an elevation of 4,170’ above sea level and can be contacted on CTAF frequency 123.0 and WX ASOS 118.375 or by telephone at (406) 538-2653.

Approximate distances to other Montana cities and attractions are as follows:
Loma, MT
Fort Benton, MT
Great Falls, MT
Havre, MT
Lewistown, MT
Helena, MT

2.4 miles
12 miles
50 miles
62 miles
112 miles
142 miles

River View Basin ranges in elevation between 2,615- and 2,800 feet above sea level.

The average annual precipitation in Loma is approximately 12.44 inches of rain and 39 inches of snow.  Average maximum temperatures in June, July, and August range from 79° to 87° Fahrenheit. In December, January and February average maximum temperatures are between 35° and 40 ° Fahrenheit. Summer nights average about 52° Fahrenheit. Winter average minimum is between 8° and 19° Fahrenheit.  The area receives an average of 185 sunny days throughout the year.

The Sellers hereby make known that there may be variations between the deeded property lines and the location of the existing fence boundary lines on River View Basin.  The Sellers make no warranties with regard to the location of the fence lines in relationship to the deeded property lines, nor do the Sellers make any warranties or representations with regard to the specific acreage within the fenced property lines.

The Sellers are selling River View Basin in its “as is-where is” condition which includes the location of the fences as they now exist.  Boundaries shown on any accompanying maps are approximate.  The maps are not to scale and are for visual aid only.  The accuracy of the maps and information portrayed thereon is not guaranteed nor warranted.


The Sellers will convey the Property without reservation 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 subsurface rights appurtenant to the Property.

The real estate taxes for 2019 were approximately $645.

Fort Benton referred to as “the birthplace of Montana”, is one of the oldest settlements in the American West. Established in 1846 and named on Christmas Day 1850, the original Fort served as an economic hub as well as the last fur-trading post on the Upper Missouri River.  As one of the most important ports on the Missouri-Mississippi River system, it was part of the overland link of trade between the Missouri and Columbia Rivers.  Beginning in the 1860s for a 30-year time period, the river hosted merchants, gold miners, settlers, and steamboats carrying goods.  Along this stretch, Lewis and Clark traveled on steamboats from St. Louis.  They camped about five miles northeast of River View Basin at the confluence of the Marias River and the Missouri River just outside of Loma.  During this time William H. Todd had a vision of creating a luxury hotel in this gateway location streaming with travelers as they arrived ready to embark on frontier life. It is here that a charming hotel, The Grand Union Hotel, was built on the wooded banks of the Missouri River. Labeled as one of the oldest hotels in Montana today, it has weathered many economic struggles and has gone from a grand hotel to a flop hotel and back.  Today it is still in operation and has been elegantly restored to its 1882 grand splendor.  The hotel offers 27 luxurious rooms, elegant riverside dining, and a historic Western ambiance. On-site riverside dining can be enjoyed from June through August.  A long summer evening can be spent sipping a cold beverage at the Grand Union Saloon reminiscing of the days of the Old West.



River View Basin, as previously described herein, is being offered for sale at $495,000 Cash or Terms acceptable solely at the discretion of the Sellers.  The conditions of sale as of December 2020 are as follows:

  1. All offers to purchase or letters of intent must be in writing and accompanied by a wire transfer of 5.0% of the purchase price to the escrow account at First American Title Company in Great Falls, Montana.
  2. Earnest money deposits will be placed in escrow with First American Title Company, which may place the funds with local banks at nominal rates of interest accruing to the benefit of the Buyer until Closing.
  3. All Prospective Buyers must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Seller absolute 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.  The title to the real property will be conveyed by a deed;
  5. All of the water right claims controlled by the Property will be transferred to the Buyer at Closing, and all 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 David Lowry in our Bozeman Office for information regarding Cooperation Policies.


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 Seller.  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 Seller or Swan Land Company.  Prospective Buyers should verify all information to their sole and complete satisfaction.


A 48-hour notice is requested to make proper arrangements for an inspection of River View Basin.

Swan Land Company has been authorized by the Seller to act as their Exclusive Real Estate Broker on the sale of River View Basin.  Since 2002, we have focused on the brokerage of significant ranches, farms, and recreational properties throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

This Offering is based on information believed to be correct; however, it is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, and change or withdrawal without notice.  Information contained herein has been provided by the Sellers or obtained from other sources deemed reliable.  The Agent does not, however, guarantee accuracy and recommends that any Prospective Buyer conduct an independent investigation.

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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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