The very best properties hardly ever come up for sale. Fortunate families find a great place, recognize it for what it is and then hang onto it forever. In the 1950s, the late Jack Coppedge started assembling a highly productive and beautiful farm along the banks of the South Canadian River just south of Holdenville, OK. By 1963, he moved his young family onto the farm and since that time, the Coppedge River Farm has seen multiple generations of the family work and enjoy the land.
Its not hard to see why the family fell in love with the place. The interface of beautiful hill ground and productive river bottoms yields dramatic views that stop you in your tracks. A blanket of oak forest on the slopes gives way to the green of wheat in the fields, open pasture curves in and around the forest and water flows everywhere. Trophy whitetails and wild turkeys live in the ribbon of forest that follows along the curve of the river. Giant bass lurk in the shaded depths of a clear water lake before breaking the surface of the shallows chasing minnows. It is a country boys dream of freshly plowed ground, content cattle grazing on green slopes and wildlife on display. It is easy to see why they kept it 60 years.
Specifically, the Coppedge River Farm offers 2197 acres of land and 1449 acre-feet/year of groundwater rights for irrigating the crops. Class I soils grace 620 acres of the farm, while Class II soils blanket another 40 open acres of it. The farm has two center pivots and other areas are irrigated with older style wheel roll irrigation equipment, while water is supplied from high capacity wells completed in the shallow river alluvium. At the time of filming, 200 acres had been plowed with 60 acres of winter wheat already growing under one of the center pivots. Another 500 acres of hay meadows had been or were in the process of being cut and baled. Another 100 acres of Class II soils are heavily wooded and serve as a protective forest buffer between the erosional forces of the river and the rich farmland. The balance of the ranch is composed of hill pastures for cattle and wooded hillsides full of wildlife. The combination of pasture, hay meadows, and irrigated cropland make this farm ideal for an intensive cattle operation.
In addition to the wells, water resources are abundant on the ranch. Three miles of frontage on the South Canadian River. 1.5 miles of Cindy Creek that includes a beautiful waterfall, a magnificent 10 acre lake, and various small ponds adorn the farm. The lake is particularly beautiful. According to older topo maps created before the lake was built, the lake should be 20 to 30 feet deep in the two channels that feed it. The southern arm of the lake extends into an old box canyon that is embedded into the side of the hill and should have nice drop-offs. The northern arm has a gentler slope and should have good flats for fishing during the spawn. This is the familys favorite fishing spot that has been yielding trophy bass for years. Lastly, the river provides some great catfishing and sand bass action during the spring spawning runs.
The deer hunting on the farm is outstanding as the wildlife also benefit from its productivity. The river itself is a natural corridor for the movement of wildlife and the thick timber along its edge provides an ideal sanctuary for deer. The large size of the farm and its neighboring properties means that there is very little hunting pressure in this area. The presence of winter forage crops and oak forest means that there is an abundant supply of green forage and acorns to sustain all types of wildlife. Deer, turkey, hogs, waterfowl, varmits and small game can all be hunted on the property.
In addition to real estate, the Land Doctors also offer construction services. We can see multiple homesite where your dream home could be built safely overlooking the river bottom from the edge of 50 foot tall hillside above. Having built beautiful homes on other ranches, we have some great ideas in mind for this one. The farm is just waiting for your family to steward it for the next 60 years like the Coppedges have for the previous 60. Dont miss this opportunity to acquire an exclusive property packed with great natural resources capable of providing your family decades of productivity and fun.