921 Menard - Peg Leg Ranch This picturesque retreat in the northwest portion of the Texas Hill Country really does have it all. The plus or minus 921 acre Peg Leg Ranch on the banks of the San Saba River in Menard County, Texas offers unbeatable hunting, beautiful river frontage, outdoor and water recreation galore, rich, irrigated pastures, and luxury lodging, all on this historically important parcel of land that is ready to enjoy on day one. The ranch is accessed off of Texas Highway 29 between the communities of Menard and Mason. The elaborate stone and iron entrance from the highway opens to a paved, tree-lined road that meanders to the main lodge. The topography of the ranch ranges from hilltops with Live Oaks and dense brush down to the river with its Pecan bottoms and pastures. History The ranch contains the original location of the historic Peg Leg Crossing of the San Saba River. The crossing was a favored Indian campground and entered written history in 1732 as the site of a Spanish-Apache battle. Spanish use of the crossing increased after the establishment of the nearby Santa Cruz de San Sabá Mission in 1767. The crossing was later part of the Great Western Cattle Trail, and was used by the military both before and after the Civil War. As part of the San Antonio to San Diego stagecoach line, the site became popular with stagecoach robbers who would hideout at nearby Robber’s Roost. Wildlife Approximately 600 acres of the ranch is high-fenced and has been game-managed for several years, with excellent high protein brush species across the ranch providing forage and cover for the abundant wildlife. The Whitetail population has excellent genetics with deer ranging from 180 to 200 Boone and Crockett. Other wildlife on the ranch include Red deer, Blackbuck antelope, Axis and Fallow deer, as well as turkey and waterfowl on the large lake. Hunting blinds and feeders are strategically placed throughout the ranch. Water Peg Leg Ranch is rich with water resources. The ranch has over a mile of tree-lined San Saba River frontage, with a half mile of both sides of the portion of the river that includes the historic Peg Leg Crossing and an over 100 foot long concrete dam. The ranch is also traversed by McDougal Creek which empties into the San Saba at the Peg Leg crossing. The creek has been dammed to create the plus or minus five acre lake below the main lodge. This lake is surrounded by a picturesque park like area that includes a dock, picnic table and a covered playground. This is also an excellent location to watch wildlife come for an evening drink. There is another large lake, two smaller lakes, and a fenced minnow pond. The ranch also has four water wells providing water to the lodge and homes and irrigation for the pastures, livestock and wildlife. Farm North of the river is Peg Leg Farm, plus or minus 259 acres with two pivot irrigated coastal fields and other cultivated fields for planting or livestock grazing. There are custom working pens here as well as a large-truck load out, the foreman’s home and several hay and equipment barns. Lodge Sitting atop the ranch’s highest point, the plus or minus 7,000 square foot main lodge has stunning views in all directions including the five acre lake below. The lodge is constructed of beautiful light stone and has a standing seam metal roof. This impeccably decorated five bedroom, four and one-half bath lodge is warm and inviting. Upon entering, you are greeted by a impressive two-story foyer with a curved staircase and massive antler chandelier. An elegant formal dining room is connected to the entry space. The lodge has a dramatic grand living space with a two-story rock fireplace and lots of light and views from two-story windows. A second, more intimate living space with a fireplace is also on the first floor. The luxurious master bedroom suite is handsomely decorated and has its own fireplace and expansive master bath. A welcoming, modern kitchen has seating around a large granite topped island. Near the main lodge, is the more casual cantina with a game room and large antique bar. The exterior of the lodge features immaculate landscaping, luscious lawns and groves of trees which can be enjoyed from the inviting rock patio. Down a rock path from the lodge, a fire pit area with stacked rock benches is perfect for viewing Texas Hill Country sunsets. River House The River House sits on the banks of the scenic San Saba River just above the dam, causing the river to be wide and still near the home and providing the sound of running water as it pours over the dam. This home can serve as additional lodging for guests as well as a headquarters for river recreation activities. The newly renovated and decorated two bedroom, one bath home blends into its wooded surroundings with its log cabin siding and copper-colored standing seam metal roof. The kitchen and breakfast area steps down into a long and open living and dining space with a rock fireplace. Outside is a porch and a patio area with a BBQ and fire pit. There is also a newly renovated three bedroom, two bath foreman’s home north of the river. Nicely decorated and furnished, the home has incredible views off the back porch, and would serve a small family nicely. This historic and comprehensive turn-key hunting and recreation ranch has no equal. Contact DuPerier Texas Land Man today to experience this fascinating property in person.