Steel Creek Ranch
- Working cattle ranch just minutes from Wisdom in Montana's famous Big Hole Valley
- Main house and guest lodge with three units offering an authentic, private western ranch experience (think of it as your private dude ranch)
- Nearly surrounded by public land
- Excellent horseback riding
- Four miles of creek and a pond
- Easy access to Big Hole fishing, hunting, national forest and wilderness
- Spectacular views in all directions
Steel Creek Ranch is the perfect family ranch in a real western community. The ranch is located in the storied Big Hole River Valley of southwest Montana, just a few minutes from the cowboy town of Wisdom, about one hour south of Butte and one and a half hours south of Missoula. This 2,013-acre ranch is a rare property combining productive agricultural ground with limitless recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Steel Creek is bordered on three sides by state and federal lands. The expansive Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest forms the ranch’s backyard. Westslope cutthroat trout and Arctic grayling inhabit the creek. A fishing pond on the ranch is stocked with the native westslope cuts, and Lily Lake and other productive but lightly visited fisheries are in the adjacent National Forest within an hour hike from the ranch headquarters. A wide variety of wildlife species inhabits the ranch and the adjoining National Forest including bear, wolves, mountain lion, elk, moose, antelope, deer and mountain goat. Globally rare fluvial Arctic grayling spawn annually in Steel Creek and its tributaries, making the ranch and its riparian habitat critical to the future of this imperiled species. We have been working with our local partners to protect and improve spawning habitat, manage critical water resources and promote the health of this important resource.
A conservation easement on the property complements local efforts to protect the wide open spaces of the Big Hole and the species that call it home. The easement offers flexibility to pursue agricultural activities and additional dwellings and infrastructure improvements.