Located 6 miles south of Meeteetse, Wyoming at the intersection of highway 290 and road 4DT, is the Rivers Ranch on the Wood River. For the first time in almost 100 years, one of the most spectacular ranches on the Absaroka front is being offered for sale. It’s eastern border boasts almost one mile of one of the west’s most outstanding freestone streams hosting the most genetically pure population of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the region. On the western border lies the 1000 acre Lower Sunshine reservoir. This crystal clear lake is fed from snowmelt and boasts some of the healthiest most beautiful cutt’s around. The lower section, east of 4DT, are the river bottom irrigated meadows with nearly a mile of the cottonwood and willow lined Wood River running along the Northern Border. West of road 4DT, is a high mesa overlooking the valley and river below, and stretches across irrigated meadows to border the 1000 acre Lower Sunshine Reservoir. The expansive views from the ranch takes in practically the entire Big Horn Basin from its perch under the Absaroka Mountains 12,000’+ peaks.
This 611+ acre ranch is a generations old legacy property settled by the early pioneers of this remote section in the Big Horn Basin. As a base for a larger cattle and sheep operation, the ranch boast 375+ acres of irrigated hay and pasture ground. Hay is raised annually for winter feed, and irrigated pasture and lease ground is used for summer grazing. Water is supplied from the Wood River along with shares in the Lower Sunshine reservoir supplied by the Lower Sunshine Canal. A 300 acre private lease adjoins the property and provides additional grazing for the operation. The improvements on the ranch include a well sited older home that is currently not in use, the old card room from the Rivers Saloon that hosted the early settlers, including LeRoy Parker, aka, Butch Cassidy as a patron. Domestic water is available from the Meeteetse municipal water supply.
Wildlife that frequent the ranch include Elk, Mule and Whitetail Deer, Moose and Bear as well as almost all the species of wildlife that inhabit the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Fishing is a premier feature of the ranch. This lower stretch of the Wood River, just above its confluence with the Greybull River is a haven for a large population of native cutthroat trout. Lower Sunshine reservoir’s aqua blue waters offer some of Wyoming’s best lake fishing in a high country setting bordering the ranch.
This is a rare offering of a western Wyoming Ranch, at the gateway to Yellowstone country, with its outstanding recreational amenities and multi-generation record of a productive agriculture. The Rivers Ranch constitutes one of the most outstanding conservation opportunities on the market today.
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