This pristine cattle ranch is located just a few miles from Deer Lodge, MT, the second oldest town in the state and located in Powell County with prominent views of Deer Lodge Mountain and Mount Powell. This ranch has two large deeded parcels that are combined with 2 state leases for a total of 1,437.52 acres. This mountain meadow property has the capability of summering 130 cow/calf pairs. It is perimeter fenced with cross-fenced pastures as well as a working corral system. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is famous for big game such as elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, black bear, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and antelope. Elk are the most sought after by hunters, making Southwest Montana the highest hunting use area in the state. Trophy class elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, Mountain Grouse, Mountain Lion are all prevalent on this property.
Deer Lodge is also the location of Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, dedicated to the interpretation of the frontier cattle ranching era. This site was the home of Conrad Kohrs, one of the famous "Cattle Kings" of Montana whose land holdings once stretched over a million acres of Montana, Wyoming, and Alberta, Canada. The Grant-Kohrs ranch was built in 1862 by Johnny Grant, a Scottish/French/Metis fur-trader and trapper who encouraged his people to settle in Deer Lodge because of its pleasant climate and large areas of bunch grass prairie, ideal for raising cattle and horses. The city's name derives from a geological formation known as Warm Springs Mound which contained natural saline that made for a natural salt lick for the local deer population, the protected valley in which Deer Lodge is located was where most of the local wildlife would winter as the temperatures lowered in the high country.
Deer Lodge is a nice town located on the Clark Fork River, in-between Missoula and Butte. Deer Lodge, like other western Montana towns, is surrounded by mountains. To the west of town is the beautiful Flint Creek Range, with Mt. Powell dominating the landscape. To the east are the somewhat smaller Boulder Mountains. Getting to Deer Lodge is easy, as it sits right on Interstate 90. Deer Lodge, owing to its location near Anaconda and Butte, started out as a mining town. The first discovery of gold in Montana was near Deer Lodge. And by the 1880?s massive copper mines were located upstream on the Clark Fork in and around Anaconda. Yet, Deer Lodge has also always been an agricultural town, too. Numerous ranches and farms have long existed around Deer Lodge, taking advantage of the regions grasses and decent water supply. Today, downtown Deer Lodge has been nicely restored. The downtown area is clean, and only a few buildings on main street are empty. Numerous specialty stores also are found downtown, taking advantage of the increasing amount of tourists that visit Deer Lodge each year. Deer Lodge is in an excellent location for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. The skier will like Deer Lodge since an excellent ski area, Discovery Ski Area, is located about an hour away up in the Flint Creek Range near Georgetown Lake. Montana Snowbowl, down in Missoula, is also located relatively close (about a 90 minute drive). Deer Lodge also has excellent places to fish. The Clark Fork is home to some decent populations of trout and the Little Blackfoot River is also located not too far outside of town and provides for some excellent fly fishing throughout the entire year. And the Anaconda Settling Ponds in the Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area can provide some trophy trout during the short fishing season the sanctuary has.
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