$1,625,000 • 130 acres
The Big Sprig Ranch is an outstanding recreational property just outside of Danbury, Texas and is located only 47 miles from downtown Houston. The ranch includes a modern lodge sitting over two fishing lakes and includes 3 duck hunting lakes and several smaller ponds used for raising stocker fish for the main bass lake, and a long-range shooting facility. This is a beautiful ranch with outstanding fishing and waterfowl hunting that is in a great area, easy to reach for a weekend away from the city or duck hunting trip before work.
Location: The property is just 3 miles southeast of Danbury Texas on the paved County Road 210.
Topography: The property includes a 25 acre home compound with two large fishing lakes, shop/barn, home and an orchard. There are three duck hunting ponds, eight fish rearing ponds, and a 12-acre shooting range. Kings Creek creates the boundary on the south line. Properties to the north and west are private duck hunting and fishing properties and property to the south and east is farmland.
Wildlife: This area is well known for its outstanding waterfowl hunting and reputation for great fishing lakes. The property is only a few miles west of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and the coast, which allows it to hold great numbers of ducks, geese and cranes during the hunting season. There are hogs and deer on the property as well as some of the best migratory bird populations in the State.
Improvements: A two-story 4,800 sq. ft. Austin Chalk lodge overlooks the fishing lakes. The lodge has 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths and is finished out for the most discriminating tastes with large living room, kitchen and fireplace as well as screened in back porch and comes fully furnished. The main room has a towering ceiling and incorporates the den, kitchen and dining room into one large great room. There are three bedrooms downstairs and a kids bedroom upstairs with a game room on second floor overlooking the main great room. The home also has a large enclosed garage and mudroom.
There is a new 30×30 gazebo located on an island in the front lake with a 200’ bridge to access from the lodge with its own television and dish setup and a fireplace. The approximate 25 acre home compound is entirely hog fenced and includes a new steel pole barn for storing tractors and equipment and an enclosed air conditioned work shop. Around the compound there are multiple other amenities such as a unique swimming pool (which is filled by well upon arrival and drained when you leave; no chemicals or filters!), horseshoe pits, bocce court and an in-ground trampoline. The house area is well manicured and includes an orchard of citrus trees, lots of live oaks, cypress and irrigated garden.
All of the duck hunting ponds have water canals to add water and drainage systems to allow for keeping the ideal depth of water for waterfowl hunting. There are also multiple duck blinds throughout the property. The big water well can service the entire ranch via canal system.
The fishing lakes are stocked with bluegill, redear, hybrid blue/channel catfish and largemouth bass. The lakes have multiple fish feeders and planted large cypress and live oaks along the banks. The fishing is absolutely terrific. The smaller lake has catfish and bass. The larger lake is bass, redear, bluegill and threadfin shad.
There are seven small lakes that are currently used to raise bass, bluegill and tilapia to maintain the main fishing lakes and sell baitfish that are not used by the owner. They include fish feeders and are currently stocked. There is also a system to overwinter broodstock tilapia in the shop.
There is a 500-yard rifle range with an air-conditioned shooting house, handgun range and five-stand skeet area that has been built for firearm enthusiasts. There is another shooting stand to make the range 750 yds.
The property also conveys lots of equipment including tractors, mowers, boat, skeet throwers and multiple smaller tools and implements to run the ranch.
Water: This property is watered through a canal system that extends water throughout the property. The canal is fed through a deep irrigation water well that is operated on a diesel pump. There is also a separate electric water well for the home. As a backup, water is available for purchase through the farmers water canal system.
Electricity: Electric lines run from the county road to the lodge.