The Terry Ranch, a short distance west of the high bridge over Amistad Reservoir, is located in an area full of Texas History and the remnants of the indigenous people that once called this unique region home. The landscape consists of a mixture of Edwards Plateau, Chihuahuan Desert, and Tamaulipan brushland providing mixed habitat and rangeland for wildlife and livestock alike. This area of Texas has historically been home to extensive sheep operations. The ranch continues to support a proactive agricultural operation but also benefits from the healthy populations of wildlife. Evans Creek traverses the west side of the ranch for about 6.5 miles providing riparian habitat with thermal cover, high nutritional native browse, and seasonal watering holes, all benefitting the wildlife. The east side consists of tributaries of Evans Creek, a portion of California Creek, and multiple other drainages providing browse and cover for the wildlife. The mixture of the three converging eco-regions provides the habitat with flora like sotol, ocotillo, hackberry, persimmon, black brush, white brush, and juniper, as well as mesquite woodlands representing a melting pot of habitats. To the southwest, across the Rio Grande River, the view is a stunning panorama of the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains in Mexico. These mountain views fill your view as you traverse the ranch.
Native species found on the ranch include white-tailed deer, blue quail, bobwhite quail, Rio Grande Turkey, dove, golden eagles, Mexican black bear, mountain lion, Texas horned lizard, grey fox, and many migratory songbirds.
The Terry Ranch has an extensive water distribution system from the seven water wells located across the ranch. The additional incorporation of large storage pilas, poly pipe, and numerous water troughs provides exceptional ranch-wide distribution of water resources for wildlife, livestock, and domestic use. The ranch is equipped with three electric submersible water wells, one solar well, and three windmills (the condition of 1 windmill is unknown). In addition, there are three ponds and 6.5± miles of wet weather Evans Creek that collect seasonal watering holes during years with average rainfall.
On the east side of the ranch, off of Spur 406, is the headquarters dating back to the early 1900s. There is a unique rock house with an adjacent quarters. The ranch is divided into nine pastures ranging from small to very large in size, with a main set of working pens on the west side of the ranch. Back when TX Dot built Highway 90, the current owner’s family negotiated the placement of a “stock underpass” or tunnel to move livestock from one side of Highway 90 to the other.
The southeastern portion of the ranch has access to the Amistad National Recreation Area. This portion of the ranch is located where Evans Creek spills into the lake. The Amistad dam, named after the Spanish word for friendship, was constructed back in the late 1960s for the use of flood control, conservation, irrigation, power, and recreation. The lake surface covers approximately 66,465± acres when full at its conservation pool elevation of 1,117± feet above mean sea level.