In the heart of Montana’s Blackfoot Valley, Ashby Creek Ranch encompasses 1,739± acres and represents the most extensive available land offering proximate to the Missoula area today. The ranch is rich with agricultural history and features a distinctive blend of agricultural production, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities, all of which are supported by an abundance of water and the diversity of ecosystems found throughout its acreage.
The ranch plays an important role in the Potomac area of the Blackfoot by contributing to the scenic beauty of the valley while providing, due to its contiguous nature, connectivity for wildlife species between Morrison Peak to the north and the Garnett Range to the south. Additionally, the streams provide rearing ground for native cutthroat trout and cold-water sources for the Blackfoot River and its famed fishery.
The makeup of acreage includes 775± acres of cropland, of which 340± acres are irrigated by three pivots and six wheel lines. Numerous riparian corridors feed water to sub-irrigated areas. Four small streams wind throughout the agriculture, eventually joining each other near the northern boundary, before exiting the ranch as the water drains toward the Blackfoot River. Over a square mile of elevated timber flanks the lush bottoms of the center of the ranch. These timbered areas provide bedding cover for deer and elk and amplify the magnificent views of the winding streams below and distant snow-capped peaks. The ranch borders over 40,000± acres of State Land to the south, creating additional recreational opportunities.
There are many exemplary features to this classic ranch, which lies within thirty minutes of Montana’s most vibrant city, making Ashby Creek Ranch stand out in today’s land market.
While Ashby Creek can be its own standalone operation, when combined with Montana Little Valley Ranch, they are mutually beneficial, with Ashby Creek Ranch serving as a hay base proximate to the vibrant city of Missoula and Little Valley providing extensive mountain and meadow grazing combined with unmatched wilderness recreation. The Eve Ranches listing shows both ranches as one.