West Fork Ranch – SOLD!!!!

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SOLD!  The West Fork Ranch is located in one of the most scenic and beautiful areas of Powder River County near the Custer National Forest.  The family that owns this ranch has been in Powder River County for 80 years or more on this ranch.  Opportunities of this type don’t present themselves everyday. Pictures presented for this listing are from 2011 and 2012.


  • Township 2, Range 46&47,  portions of Sections 2-3-11-15-16-20-21-22-23-24, Powder River County, Montana

Deeded Acres:  3,335 +/- Acres Total

  • approximately 40 acres of wild hay and 400 acres of non irrigated hay (approximately 60 acres currently tilled up)


  • there is access to the property on the Little Pumpkin Creek Road and the Beaver Creek Rd


  • Home constructed 1959, 3 bedrooms/1 bath upstairs and 2 bedrooms/1 bath downstairs.  Large living & dining room w/fireplace and hardwood floor.  Attached one car garage and mud room entrance.
  • Home constructed 1950, 4 bedroom/2 bath, kitchen, living & dining room all with hardwood floors.
  • Mobile Home utilized as a hunting camp

Note:  Both homes are well kept and maintained.

Other Buildings:

  • Large barn with hay mough and calving pens in bottom; new tin roof
  • Shop with cement floor, 12 foot sidewalls, 50×90 metal straight wall, dock on rear of shop


  • Several springs on Beaver Creek with a forest pipeline and 1 tank.  There are two springs with no tanks.
  • Section 23 – 1 reservoir, 1 well with tank & windmill, 1 spring with no tank
  • Section 22 – 1 reservoir, 1 spring with tank, pipeline to section 22 with 1 tank
  • Section 21 – Well w/submersible pump and tank.  There is a pipeline and 1 tank and also a spring into a reservoir at adjacent ranch
  • Section 21 & 20 – 3 springs & tanks
  • 2 wells at the home place, 1 with a pipeline to bull pasture and to the heifer winter pasture
  • House well also has a pipeline to the corrals
  • Spring house at the home place


  • This unit has an abundance of wildlife stemming from good management practices.  It is home to elk, deer, coyotes, game and seasonal birds, varmints and more.

This is a very well watered unit both on private and on the Forest Permit the Partnership held.  Much effort has been made to establish pipelines, tanks & developed springs.

The ranch has been operated as a 400-450 cow unit utilizing a 418 head Forest Permit with a grazing season of 5/20 – 11/15.  The permit was broke down to 20 bulls, 70 yearling heifers and 350 cows.  It is a shared permit with another rancher having a 66 head permit.  The permit has a reputation for being one of the best watered permit on the Custer National Forest.

The land involved in the Forest Permit was nearly 100% burned during the Summer of 2012 in the Ash Creek Fire.  At present the Forest Service is in the process of issuing a contract to re-construct fences consisting of 515 corners.  Pipelines and livestock watering tanks will also have to be repaired and is in process.

Recovery of the forest will take some time, however, traditionally, there can be even more forage after a burn because green grass and legumes do not have to compete with trees and brush.

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