Keep Cool Creek at Smith Lake is a top-tier fishing property in the coveted and tightly held upper Blackfoot Valley. The property comprises 427± acres and features exceptionally rare private still-water and spring creek fisheries. With over 3.5± miles of combined Keep Cool Creek, Stonewall Creek, and Spring Creek, the classic mountain spring creek systems meander through the eastern portions of the ranch. At the same time, the privately held 23± acre Smith Lake frames expansive views from the custom home and a detached artist’s workshop and guest cabin perched on the ridge above.

Located less than 2± miles from the genuine community of Lincoln, Montana, Keep Cool Creek at Smith Lake is in the shadows of the famed Scapegoat Wilderness and surrounded by dramatic views of the Crown of the Continent in every direction. With intact ecosystems flourishing on the ranch, herds of elk rut and winter on the meadows along Keep Cool Creek, while Shiras moose, multiple species of waterfowl, shore birds, and trumpeter swans lazily summer in the quiet waters of Smith Lake.

This property is the legacy of renowned and award-winning Montana outfitter Paul Roos and his wife, Carolyn. Paul and Carolyn dedicated their lives championing the ethos and conservation of Montana fishing and the land they loved. Keep Cool Creek at Smith Lake was more than a home to the late Roos’; it was their masterstroke of land stewardship, exemplified by the meaningful creek restoration work completed on Keep Cool and Spring Creeks and the thoughtful protection of the land through two conservation easements. A new owner has the opportunity to continue this legacy with two additional building envelopes preserved for domestic development while maintaining the ecological integrity of this exceptional property.


  • 427± acres in the Blackfoot Valley
  • Two conservation easements with the Five Valleys Land Trust, each allowing additional building envelopes for future domestic development
  • Exceptional fishing on 3.5± miles combined of Spring Creek, Keep Cool Creek, Stonewall Creek, and private 23± acre Smith Lake
  • Elk, moose, waterfowl, shore birds, and other wildlife frequent the property
  • Blackfoot River with renowned fly fishing within 2± miles
  • Close to the Helena Lewis & Clark National Forest, Bob Marshall, and Scapegoat Wilderness
  • A stunning two-level custom home and detached guest cabin situated on the landscape to capture the incredible views of Smith Lake and the wilderness beyond
  • Well-located "boat house" on the shores of Smith Lake
  • Ample shop and storage facilities
  • Located 2± miles northwest of Lincoln, Montana, home of Sculpture in the Wild International Sculpture Park
  • Lincoln Airport (S69) with 4,240’ asphalt runway located 2± miles east of the ranch
  • Situated 56± miles from Helena, Montana, and 80± miles from Missoula, Montana
  • Learn more about this property, its investment potential and information about the area in the Property Brochure.

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