Life has a funny way of taking you where you least expect it. Growing up, I never thought I would be living in Montana. It’s been 6 years since I moved to Montana and every day has been an adventure. I love the area, but what makes MT so special, is the people. I travel all over looking at Montana land for sale, meeting with clients, hosting seminars that help farmers and ranchers, and in general meeting people. My favorite part is learning about the different areas and meeting the people that make this state great.
I have been lucky enough to meet many great people at trade shows, Montana Stock Growers Association meetings, Bull Sales, and other events that relate to ranching in MT. They are always willing to lend a helping hand and answer any question I have, well, except their secret hunting or fishing spots. Meeting these great people has allowed me to make more contacts and spread the word about Venture West Ranches. Finding Montana land for sale can be an overwhelming task. I know, I’ve been there myself. To help, I have outlined some interesting properties below.
Montana Land for Sale
Location: NE of Winnett, MT
Acreage: 20 +/-
The Missouri Breaks Retreat is located 2 miles south of Fort Peck Reservoir and is situated 20 miles off Highway 200. The 20-acre property features a ¼ mile stretch of riverfront along the Musselshell River. The Musselshell River is full of +20lb. Channel Catfish, Carp, Pike, and Walleye for never-ending fishing opportunities. Also, Fort Peck Reservoir is a great fishing destination with its 53 species of fish just 2 miles away.
The road on the way in is surrounded by thousands of acres of BLM and State land that gives access to hunters. The Missouri Breaks produce trophy big game animals that usually only appear on private ranches. It is in the 700 and 410 hunting districts which means that Elk tags must be won in a draw. However, Whitetail and Muley tags are purchase and go. The direct access to the public land from this property transforms this 20-acre piece of land into a several-thousand-acre hunting ranch. This property is perfect for a group of hunters looking for a world-class hunting ranch but for a fraction of the price. The Missouri Breaks Retreat is truly an outdoorsman’s paradise.
Location: Townsend, MT
This 15-acre highway frontage land is ripe for the picking. Situated North of Townsend and along Highway 12 with views of Canyon Ferry Lake, this property is the perfect location for commercial use such as a gas station, truck stop, or small motel. The property is ready for development and already has electricity supplied to it. The highway frontage location and beautiful views of Canyon Ferry Lake make this property a great investment for any form of development.
Location: Wolf Creek, MT
The historic 7R Guest Ranch is a motel, RV park, restaurant, and event center situated just outside of Wolf Creek. The property is approximately 40 miles north of Helena. The owners of the 7R Guest Ranch have established a profitable business with incredible upside potential. The motel portion provides units equipped with queen or twin sized beds which feature their own private bathrooms. Any size RV is allowed at the RV park and water and electricity are available. 7R Guest Ranch also has a commercial kitchen which is ready to accommodate any guest’s needs.
Horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and hiking are all popular activities at the Ranch. There are several horseback riding trails around the ranch and portable corrals are available for guests’ horses. Holter Lake is 8 miles away and has a primary fish population of Walleye, Rainbow Trout, Perch, and Kokanee Salmon. 7R Guest Ranch provides activities and facilities for any guest and is a great business opportunity with upside.
60 acres in Flathead County, Montana
Location: Lakeside, MT
The next property is located just south of Lakeside along the West shore of Flathead Lake. The 60 acres is not riverfront property but does provide excellent views of Flathead Lake, the Mission and Swan mountain ranges, and Glacier National Park. Therefore, the location of this property is ideal for someone who is involved in the outdoors. Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort is about a 30-minute drive from the property and is one of the Flathead Valley’s popular ski resorts. Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River which provides vast recreation opportunities such as fishing, sailing, and boating. This location is ideal for someone looking to build their own home on an undeveloped parcel overlooking one of Montana’s most beautiful landmarks. Courtesy of: Big Sky Properties of Montana, Inc.
37 acres in Madison Country, Montana
Location: Silver Star, MT
This property is located 10 miles outside of Twin Bridges near the town of Silver Star. The 37-acre parcel is ideal for anyone looking to build their own home in a beautiful part of Montana. The property has beautiful views of the Tobacco Root Mountains and lies along the shores of the Jefferson River. The 200-foot stretch of waterfront along the Jefferson River includes a private boat launch allowing instant access to the river. The property also includes water rights and grazing land that accommodates any owner and their wants and needs. In addition, the area is teaming with wildlife such as Whitetail, Moose, Pheasant, and waterfowl, which provides for excellent hunting opportunities. This property is ideal for someone ready to plant their roots in a picturesque area of Montana. Courtesy of: Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.
160 acres in Lincoln County, Montana
Location: Thompson Falls, MT
This 160-acre portion of Montana land for sale is located alongside Lower Thompson Lake. It is not waterfront property and is on the backside of the lake. The property is accessible from the Acm Road. The Lower Thompson Lake is a summer hotspot because of its great fishing and water recreation activities. The lake is predominately home to Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Kokanee, Mountain Whitefish, and Rainbow Trout. The lake also attracts a lot of recreation boating such as wakeboarding, water skiing, and tubing. This area is loaded with wildlife such as Elk, Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, and Black Bears. This presence of big game makes this area very appealing to hunters in fall. This land for sale is perfect for someone looking for an area where they can establish their own residence and enjoy the local hunting and fishing culture. Courtesy of: Realty Northwest
Log View Home & Horse Ranch
Location: Plains, MT
This 100-acre Montana property is in Plains, which is approximately 80 miles away from Missoula. The land features a remodeled, log cabin that is nestled into the tree line and overlooks the many meadows on the property. A massive 3-door, heated and insulated barn is within walking distance of the cabin. Adjacent to the cabin sits a gazebo. This property is perfect for any couple looking at finding their own slice of Montana. The nature of the cabin provides the feeling of home and the barn is sure to make any guy’s friends jealous. The area is also chalked full of Montana wildlife such as Elk, Whitetail, and Muleys, making this a great hunting property. Courtesy of: Stelling Real Estate
Mountain Property Investment
Location: Fremont County, CO
The next property may not be Montana land for sale, however, with 38 acres of beautiful central Colorado land, this property has impeccable views of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. This property is perfect for folks looking at building a home or using the property as their own personal campground. A mobile home equipped with a septic system rests on the property. Nearby, several streams and small lakes allow excellent fishing opportunities. This Colorado property is great for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of cities to create their own homestead. Courtesy of: National Land Realty
Location: Grass Range, MT
For those looking for a substantial investment into a ranch, the Teigen Ranch may be a perfect fit. With approximately 36,020 acres of premium grazing land, the Teigen Ranch is the ideal place for a Montana cattle ranch. Demand for grass-fed cattle has continued to grow over the past decade and yields premium prices. This property is suitable for any large grass-fed cattle operation.
The property is scattered with coulees skirted by Pines Trees, Cottonwoods, and Chokecherry vegetation that provide for excellent big game habitat. Trophy Elk, Whitetail, Muleys, and Antelope are plentiful in this area. Owning this ranch would provide owners with exclusive access to these trophies. McDonald Creek flows through the property for 13 miles and provides exquisite waterfowl and upland game bird habitat. With some additional habitat creation, this ranch could become a world class waterfowl hunting ranch. This ranch is ideal for someone who is looking to take control of a Montana ranch with over 100 years of history and make it a world-class ranch. Courtesy of: Philips Realty
Otter Creek Ranch
Location: Big Timber, MT
The 3,200 acre Otter Ranch is a piece of pristine Montana land for sale. Located near Big Timber, this property provides an escape into the Montana wilderness while still being close to Bozeman and Billings. The property features a 3,400 sq. ft. home along with an outdoor heated pool, a separate 5 door garage, as well as a handful of outbuildings. The ranch has 8 center-pivot irrigation systems that irrigate approximately 250 acres of farmland. Otter Creek flows through the ranch for 2 miles and provides ample big game and waterfowl habitat. The ranch contains a great deal of Whitetail and Mule Deer as well as Ducks, Geese, and Partridges. This ranch is the ideal place for anyone wanting to own a full-scale ranch that includes fantastic agricultural and hunting land. Courtesy of: Sonny Todd Realty
The opportunities to own Montana land are infinite. From the vast and expensive Teigen Ranch to the lower acreage, economically priced Missouri Breaks Retreat, there is a property for any person and budget. As I keep traveling and looking at Montana land for sale I will continue to meet new people, learn more about the area, and discover more and more opportunities for ranch ownership, all while I grow closer to this magnificent state.
If you are at the start of your journey to find a farm or ranch property in Montana you will need someone that knows the areas well. Please feel free to give me a call to help you with your journey to starting to build your Montana dreams!
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Buzz Tatom is a ranch owner and has built, run and sold numerous businesses in his career. This gives him a unique background in helping Montana farmers and ranchers navigate the life decisions that we all have to face. Whether it is passing the ranch on to the next generation or planning for eventual sale, his talents and contacts help save clients money and navigate complicated transactions.
He still owns the 5T Ranch in Texas but now calls Big Sky, MT home. His background in Texas included finding run down ranches and rehabilitating them into show place properties. From building lakes, stocking fish, to managing for wildlife he has a proven record of increasing values of properties that have given families great memories and returns.
His successful business background allows him to have good knowledge in contracts, dealing with people and has a wide variance of knowledge from his experience in dealing with oil and gas companies on his properties to manufacturing background to knowing who to call to get answers.
He has a BBA from Texas Tech University and got his MBA from Southern Methodist University. While at Texas Tech, he played football and was a 3 year starter as a Tight End. He bought into a Printing company at the age of 24 and grew it ten fold by the time it was sold in 2011.
Buzz teaches part time at Montana State University and loves mentoring students. He has been married to the love of his life, Kathy Tatom, for 25 years and has one son(Tate) and 2 daughters(Sayler and Emmy).
His hobbies include hunting, fly fishing, improving the 5T and following his son Tate in his golf career at the Air Force Academy. His life is divided between family, volunteering, teaching part time at MSU and Church.