Over the years, the Land Doctors have seen a lot of land and because of that, it takes a lot to leave us awe struck. In a few special spots, nature makes us feel small and most of those places are national parks. Another one of those locations is the Land Doctors latest listing, the Canadian River Ranch. This 11,084-acre ranch is a diverse contiguous block of land with no public roads through it.
Just viewing the property is a true expedition, as you can spend the entire day riding trails and still never see it all. To put it in a slightly different context, its over 17 square miles in size. If you looked at 1000 acres per hour it would take 11 hours to just drive through it. This ranch gives us an insight into what life was like a century or two ago before everything was broken up and fenced off. It makes you check your fuel gauge twice and pack a lunch before you head out. It is one of those rare places where you can look in every direction as far as you can see, and it all belongs to you. This place hasn't been fully tamed yet, it still has a wild edge to it that makes you feel fully awake and aware of your surroundings.
In addition, it is as close to true isolation as you can get in a location that is only an hour from Tulsa, 90 minutes from OKC and three hours from Dallas straight up Highway 75 and the Indian Turnpike. If you have an airplane, it is an even shorter trip as the ranch has a 3000 ft long by 40 ft wide FAA registered runway (FAA OK04).
As a state, Oklahoma has 11 distinct ecological regions and this ranch feels like it has every one of them. The ranch exhibits a tremendous amount of diversity from huge hardwoods and towering short leaf pines along the creeks, and tallgrass meadows in the openings to post oaks and blackjacks on the ridges. Three beautiful creeks drain into the North Canadian River as it runs along the northern boundary of the property. Parts of the ranch have a western feel with huge views across wide grassy valleys to distant slopes that feature a scattering of lonely trees on the point of a ridge. Other portions feel like the Deep South with huge hardwoods and beautiful creeks. Turn the corner and a distant pasture reminds you of the plains. It never gets boring.
Approximately 31.5 miles of high fence provide a secure property boundary and there is some cross fencing in the pastures. Outside of that, there are miles and miles of trails through vast tracts of timbered hills unencumbered by any man-made barriers. The north boundary of the property features approximately 1.5 miles of North Canadian River frontage just 10 miles upstream of Lake Eufaula. This would serve as the perfect spot to begin a day long float trip. The entire 4-mile length of Piney Creek is located on the ranch. Limbo Creek weaves on and off the property with over 4.5 miles running through the ranch. Shell Creek also starts on the ranch and runs through it for 1.3 miles. Wallace Creek runs south from the ranch while Gar Creek cuts across the northeast corner. A peak in the center of the property stands at almost 1000 feet and from there the land drops 300 feet in elevation as it slopes north to the river. The views are captivating in the daytime and unbelievable at night as the Milky Way is clearly visible without the interference of urban lights. Ancient petroglyps are known to be along the creeks and we will be seeking them out this fall.
The next owner will not be the first steward owner attempting to wrangle this land. The Cornar Hawkins mansion stands at the precipice of a tall ridge overlooking the valley below. As you walk out on the top balcony and take in the scene before you, you can imagine the ambition of the family that built this impressive home out of Oklahoma sandstone in 1934. The next owner will be a person who has overcome many difficult obstacles in life to realize great achievements. The revival and management of this property will add to that legacy and serve as a capstone project leaving a long-lasting mark on this historic property.
In addition, the adjacent High Point Ranch has also been listed by the Land Doctors. This property consists of 2070 acres of productive cattle pastures. Together both ranches offer over 13,000 acres of high fenced paradise. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this property, please call Kelly Hurt at 580 421 7512.