The Historic Alta Ranch is well watered!
The ranch has 5 domestic wells in addition to irrigation water rights dating back to the early 1900's.
The live water on the ranch is the upper West Fork of the Bitterroot River - an unmatched stretch of great trout fly fishing water which is easy to wade and offers fantastic casting opportunities for large trout. The West Fork offers fishing from both banks as it flows through the deeded land for almost a mile. The flow of the river offers long runs and deep pools with many bends and good trout habitat in structures created by large boulders, grassy undercuts, and tree roots.
There are 4 large ponds on the ranch offering wildlife habitat and fishing, with the largest of the being stocked with huge rainbow trout and are tremendously fun to catch from shore, rowboat, canoe, or paddle boat.
A comprehensive water rights report from the D.N.R.C. is available upon request. Few mountain ranches have large meadows suitable for grazing and hay production. The Alta offers a large amount of acreage in grass for cattle, horses, llamas, or buffalo.
Water Rights are complicated in Montana. The buyer is advised to have an independent search of these and other water rights. This area of the Bitterroot Valley is well known for having been a prized area for homesteading by early pioneers. The meadows have good soil and are relatively rock free and are suitable for stock grazing.
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