BIGHORN RIVER RANCH
The Bighorn River Ranch is an exceptional property located on the Bighorn River in the heart of northwestern Wyoming. Boasting 715+/- acres deeded lands of which 541 acres are irrigated by four Valley pivots, the property is ideally suited for, and in current operation as, a winter feed base growing feed crops for regional ranch operations. The location is very private with breathtaking views at the base of the Bighorn Mountain Range. The property benefits from its location next to the Bighorn National Recreation Area where visitors can see bighorn sheep, wild horses, coyotes, mule deer, small mammals, mountain lions and more than 200 bird species.
The Bighorn River Farm and Ranch is located east of Lovell, WY (14 miles, 22 minutes) and south of Billings, Montana (106 miles, 2 hours 6 minutes).
The property enjoys a warmer climate due to its location low in the Bighorn Valley with an elevation of 3,832’ and 127 frost free days; the climate offers a strong growing season. The Lovell area receives 14” of snow annually as compared to the US average of 28” per year. The annual average temperature ranges from 14 degrees to 89 degrees. The location and local climate contributes to the operation as a crop farm or winter feed base.
Big Horn School District #2 current enrollment is 720+ students. The community of Lovell takes pride in a rich tradition of excellence in academics, the fine and performing arts, and athletics. Teachers and staff work hard to provide a nurturing and effective instructional environment designed to maximize the potential of every student. It is their mission to provide every student with the knowledge and skills necessary to become ethical, responsible, productive citizens and life-long learners.
WILDLIFE AND RECREATION
The Bighorn River Farm and Ranch is minutes from the Bighorn Lake. According to the Wyoming Office of Tourism, “Bighorn Lake extends approximately 71 miles through Wyoming and Montana, 55 miles of which are held within spectacular Bighorn Canyon. The lake gives boaters a chance to see the colorful canyon walls up close with either a motorized or non-motorized vessel. Bighorn Lake can be accessed by water sport enthusiasts at Horseshoe Bend Marina near Lovell, Wyoming” The Bighorn River is an internationally recognized blue-ribbon trout fishery. The reservoir is home to Brown and Rainbow Trout, Walleye and Sauger.
The Bighorn River Farm and Ranch consists of 719+/- acres of which 541 acres are irrigated with four Valley Pivots. The current owners have updating the pivots and nozzle packages for maximum efficiency. The farm is currently operated as a winter grazing unit, complete with exterior high tinsel fencing, new shipping corrals and six cattle drinking units each with six frost free drinkers. The current owner is wintering 500+ head for seven months.
The Bighorn River runs adjacent to the east side of the property providing an excellent fishing resource. The irrigation water is pumped directly from the river with a riparian water right which alleviates any concern for lack of water.
Local producers often average five tons per acre on newer alfalfa stands in the Lovell area which makes this property a great prospect for crops, grass or forage production.
The ranch has excellent improvements, including a four-bedroom, three-bath main ranch house, finished with a gourmet kitchen, large dining area, library/office, large hallways, and large bedrooms/bathrooms. A beautiful covered deck adorns the entire end of the home and is situated to capture the sweeping views. The home has central heat and air conditioning.
The ranch also has several steel buildings including a large shop, which houses a beautiful apartment and would be an excellent guest facility or housing for hired help. There is also a large horse and livestock barn, equipment shed, and a large metal building for hay storage and equipment.
The Bighorn River Ranch is a great opportunity providing excellent improvements with two living quarters, large metal shop and outbuildings to operate a large irrigated operation that lends itself to either crop or livestock production. The location offers privacy, excellent views and a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities.