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This is a US Forest Service in-holding about 13 miles South of Jackson, Montana in the Beaverhead National Forest. The property is accessed by a seasonal USFS Road. All in Beaverhead County.

Jackson, Montana is a true Western Montana ranching community, with a population of approximately 50. It boasts a Hot Springs Resort, Café, General Mercantile, Welding Shop, Post Office, Church, and a Grade School.

Dillon, Montana has a population of 4,000, and is the County Seat of Beaverhead County. It is 50 miles East of Jackson, on paved State Hwy. #278. Dillon provides all services and has a modern 31-bed hospital. It is also the home of Western Montana College--a four year teaching college of the University of Montana. Dillon's airport has a 6,500 foot paved and lighted runway, capable of landing small jets. Commercial airports are in Butte and Bozeman.

The Big Hole Valley, also known as "The Land of 10,000 haystacks" is a vast, high mountain valley ringed by National Forest lands and alpine mountain ranges. It is very green & lush due to the large amount of run-off and irrigation completed on native grass meadows and pastures. There are also 40 lakes within 40 minutes of the property.
The Saginaw consists of 20.66± patented acres, totally surrounded by U.S. National Forest. 90% of the property is timbered and seller owns 50% of the timber rights.
This would make a great hunting cabin or family get-away property. Van Houten Lakes are about 3 miles via road; nearby Selway Mountain rises to 8,898 feet with a hiking trail to it; and the Continental Divide between Montana and Idaho, which rises to over 9,900 feet, is 7 miles West (as the crow flies), with numerous hiking/horseback riding trails.
There is a spring on the East side of the property that can be used for domestic water.
There are the remains of 4 log cabins and a functioning outhouse. Two of the cabins are habitable, and the largest is 560 sq. ft. and has a woodstove. It is frequently used by the seller as his elk hunting headquarters.
Seller owns 50% of the mineral rights and 50% of the surface rights appurtenant to the property and will convey all to buyer at closing. Mineral rights are not guaranteed, so it is suggested that if mineral rights are an important issue, the buyer should conduct a mineral search with a Title Company.
The Saginaw Lode opened in 1914 and ran until 1916. The production was mainly Copper Ore with negligible amounts of Gold & Silver. Dan Sullivan, the mine foreman, stated the Hi-Grade oxidized ore carried from 18 inches to 2 feet in width and the mine was 300 feet deep. An estimated 590 dry tons of 8.5% Cu as shipped to the smelter in Anaconda, via 4 and 6 hitch teams.

With the high price of Copper, the mine was re-opened again from 1942-1944 with the help of some Boston Investors and a substantial bank loan; but was closed due to mis-management and never opened again. When the mine was re-opened and the shaft cleaned & repaired to a depth of 60 feet. Water was standing at 100 feet. Bad air & debris prevented further examination. At the time the mining operations ended, an Engineering report stated: “About 20 to 30 thousand tons of ore of a milling grade is exposed in the workings, varying in value from 1½ to 10% Copper.”
This largest of the national forests in Montana covers 3.32 million acres, and lies in eight Southwest Montana counties (Granite, Powell, Jefferson, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Madison, Gallatin and Beaverhead). Forest Service offices administering the National Forest are in Butte & Dillon.
FWP's administrative Region 3 is located in Southwest Montana and includes the counties of Broadwater, Gallatin, Park, Madison, Beaverhead, Jefferson and part of Deer Lodge. Region 3 encompasses 18,089 square miles, which is more than 1% of the total land area of Montana. About 60% of the region is made up of public lands administered by the USFS and BLM.

Southwest Montana is made up of broad valleys comprised of prairie habitat consisting of grasslands, sagebrush, and wooded riparian areas rising to foothills and mountains as high as 11,000 feet elevation. Most of the lower land is privately-owned, while most of the higher reaches are federally-owned Forest Service or BLM land.

Region 3 is home to nine state parks, including Montana's oldest state park-Lewis and Clark Caverns-and Bannack State Park, which was the site of the first Territorial Capital. The region is headwaters to some of the most renowned trout rivers in the U.S., including the Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson, upper Missouri, upper Yellowstone, Beaverhead and Big Hole. Some 26 percent of Montana's angling pressure takes place in Region 3, and the region boasts 103 fishing access sites.

Big game hunting also is a major draw in southwest Montana. Approximately 50% of the elk harvest in the entire state of Montana comes from Region 3.
The State of Montana is famous for Big Game Hunting. Most of Montana's wildlife populations are more plentiful today than they have been at any time since statehood.

Montana's big-game hunting seasons stretch from early September into February, varying by species and area, and resume in April, May and June for black bear. The general season for deer and elk is consistently five weeks long. Deer and antelope hunters have considerable opportunity to harvest at least two of each in many areas.

Elk populations are thriving on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. This area consistently leads the state in elk production. Since the late 1960's elk populations have tripled.

Some of the hunting districts in this area are regarded as providing the greatest degree of natural security for elk. These districts have some of the region's wildest country, where terrain, cover and isolation make it difficult for hunters to penetrate.

The Pioneer elk management unit is a 2,040 square mile area of mostly public land (Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest) that features low road densities,extensive back country areas and good security for an elk population of about 3,000. With the exception of the west face of the West Pioneers, most of this unit has good public access, although travel in the roadless areas is restricted to foot and horse traffic.

According to statistics conducted by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), 600 to 800 elk have been harvested annually, with 400 to 500 of these being bulls. The security provided by the large amount of roadless land provides good age diversity among bull elk. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks manages the area to maintain a late-winter elk population of 2,700 to 3,200 and 200 to 400 antlerless elk.

Deer (Whitetail & Mule)
Whitetails are thriving with numbers in the 170,000's and their range is expanding. At the same time, mule deer are at relatively healthy levels (300,000 statewide), but are not growing in numbers as fast as their whitetail cousins.

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is one of the major moose-producing hunting regions in the state. Surveys done by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks show moose in the area are maintaining good populations. Hunting success rates for moose over the last few years have been 80% or better on the Wisdom Ranger District.

7,300 feet above sea level


Mean Annual Precipitation is 20" - 30". **

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2.2" 1.4" 2.2" 2.5" 2.9" 2.5" 1.3" 1.2" 2.3" 2.5" 2.2" 2.0"

Mean Annual Snowfall is 100" - 200" (accumulative).**


Mean Minimum Temperature (ºF)**

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
11º 12º 20º 28º 33º 35º 37º 30º 24º 16º 10º
Mean Maximum Temperature (ºF)**
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
25º 30º 34º 43º 54º 62º 73º 70º 62º 49º 33º 26º

Mean length of freeze-free season is 10-30 days Average date of first freezeis August 3-8; Average date of last freeze is July 19-29.**


2016  ~ $67.79

Cash. Sellers reserve the right to execute an IRC 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange of their choosing.
An appointment must be made with Don Vaniman, Ranch Broker, before all showings, and he must accompany all buyers on all showings.
214 South Willson Ave
Bozeman, MT 59715

Office: 406-587-4250
FAX: 406-587-3611
Home: 406-586-6700
All information is from sources deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed by Don Vaniman, Ranch Broker, seller, or agent. Offering is subject to error, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of the purchase by owner. I urge independent verification of each and every item submitted, to the satisfaction of any prospective purchaser.

**Information is collected from the MSU Extension Service, MAPS Atlas Program, 1994.

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