1,088 Deeded Acres
25 Miles Northeast of Denton
455 Acres Cropland
Currently in Wheat (61 bush average)
633 Acres of Pasture
Diverse Judith River Breaks Area
World Class Hunting Opportunity
Home, Barn, Outbuildings, and Grain Storage
The Bear Springs Coulee Ranch is located is 25 miles northeast of Denton. Access is by 9 miles paved road and then 16 miles county gravel. Bear Springs Bench is an area roughly 16,000 acres between the Judith River and Wolf Creek. The gain in elevation from Wolf Creek to Bear Springs Bench is over 700 feet. The Bench has some of the richest soils in the state. The ranch has been owned by the same family since the 1950’s. Owners have leased the Ranch to the Knox Family who are noted operators in the Denton Area producing some of the finest wheat and barley crops around and treating the land for decades as if it were their own. The pastures are utilized sparingly in the late summer/early fall months.
Denton is considered one of the premier farming communities in the state and has a population of around 250. Highway 87 running from Lewistown to Fort Benton bisects the Denton community. Fed by the near by Little Belt Mountains Wolf Creek runs through Denton in a north east direction and eventually flows into the Judith River 7 miles south of the Missouri River. National Forest access is available in the Highwood Mountains to the west and the Little Belt Mountains to the south. Both Mountain ranges are roughly 60 miles away. The Denton community has local services for dining, groceries, fuel, and most agricultural services. Bear Springs Coulee Ranch is a 25 mile drive from Denton.
Lewistown’s population is a steady 6,500 and is the county seat of Fergus County. Lewistown is located in the geographic Center of Montana surrounded by five area mountain ranges. Lewistown is home to all amenities including medical. The Lewistown Municipal Airport offers resources for private aircraft and accommodates all sizes.
Winifred is the second closest town to the ranch, 25 miles away. Winifred offers dinning, lodging and agricultural services. Winifred has a population of 200 and was found in 1913.
Fort Benton is 60 miles away from Denton and is regarded as the birthplace of MT. Fort Benton is the County seat of Chouteau County with a population of 1,450 people. Dining, lodging, recreation, and agricultural services are available in this community as well.
Central Montana recreation is vast and unencumbered by large crowds. Big Spring Creek, Judith River, Missouri River, Crystal Lake, Warm Spring Creek, Ackley Lake, Petrolia Lake, and Fort Peck Lake are the main sources of water for fishing and recreation. Besides the water sources, there are five area mountain ranges that provide a variety of hunting and other forms of recreation. The Central Montana area has quality agricultural land with reliable production of hay, small grains and cattle. Located 70 miles north of Lewistown is the Missouri River. Hunting and fishing opportunities are available through the BLM and Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge. The closest boat ramp for access to Fort Peck is 100 miles away at Crooked Creek Marina. Fort Peck is noted for having more shoreline than the state of California. Beckman Wildlife Management Area is 6,000+ acres owned by Montana FWP gifted from a Leroy Beckman. 4+ miles of Judith River skirted ponderosa pines rolling terrine. the Beckman is open to the public for hunting, fishing, and other recreation. Bordering the Beckman is 1,000+ acres owned by Pheasant’s Forever. Also Contiguous is over 2,400+ acres State of Montana. This contiguous land mass of BWMA, Pheasant’s Forever and State Land allow for over 10,000+ acres of additional of additional recreation. Access from the ranch to this area is 11 miles south via Bear Springs Rd.
The Bear Springs Coulee Ranch encompasses 1,088 deeded acres. Department of Revenue indicates 455 acres tillable and 633 acres grazing/forest land. The present agricultural use has been the production of small grains plus late summer and fall pasture. The Farm Service Agency data indicates 267.3 acre wheat allotment (61 bushel/acre) and 14.2 acre barley allotment (54 bushel/acre). The Bear Springs Bench is some of the most productive cropland in Central Montana. The soils associated with the bench are a variety of clay loam a 0-4% slope. The tillable ground starts on the west boundary and gradually fingers into the east portion of the ranch which transform into scattered timber and pasture. Sources of water on the property include seasonal creeks and a series of reservoirs fed from springs and run off.
Livestock water for the ranch comes from reservoirs fed by rain and snow runoff and springs. The home has improved water from a 40 ft well drilled in 1911 producing 20 gpm. Area residents haul water for consumption from nearby Denton or Lewistown. The BLM land borders the ranch which has over two miles of Judith River. The Judith River starts in the nearby Little Belt Mountains. Meandering though the prairie for over 125 miles before it confluences with the Missouri River north of the ranch 7 miles. The Judith River is a warm water fishery and is home to Bass, Channel Catfish and Mountain Whitefish. The Judith River was named by William Clark in 1805 after Julia (Judith) Clark. The Judith River is a life force for central Montana. Diverse habitat for all wildlife and some of the most unique landscape in Montana.
At the end of a private road on the West boundary of the ranch is the headquarters. Amongst old growth Spruce, Elm and Caragana is the residence. It is a 1,596 sq ft 1935 home with 4-bedroom, 1 bath, metal roof and siding original to the property. A beautiful 1921 two story barn roofed and sided in metal to insure longevity is positioned directly adjacent to the home. Multiple outbuildings include Garage, Quonset, Grain storage, and Corrals are all centrally located.
Judith River Breaks are magnificent. Becoming prominent south of the ranch and growing in size towards to mouth of the Judith River the ranch is in the middle of a unique landscape. This one of a kind ranch offers some of the best diversity of wildlife in central Montana. Denton is known for exceptional upland bird hunting. Pheasants, Hungarian Partridge, Sharptail Grouse are prominent on the ranch. The wing hunting and big game hunting has a strong component. Elk frequent the area and ranch. Elk numbers are strong as they have ever been in this area. Mule Deer and Antelope also have a strong presence. The ranch is within the 426 Hunting District which is a general tag for Mule Deer and Whitetail. Elk tags are a draw, 60 either sex tags were given out in 2019. Currently the reservoirs on the ranch are not stocked with fish but were at one time.
Rarely does land hit the market on Bear Springs Bench. From rich soils too rich wildlife the entire bench is set apart. This contiguous block of deeded land is an excellent opportunity to own the one of the most diverse ranches available on the market today.
The Bear Springs Coulee Ranch is offered for $ 1,469,065.