Billings MLS# 340165

+/- 165 acres located just outside of West End Billings. Irrigation from the Yellowstone River.

On the market for the first time in a generation, the Wise Ln. Farm offers a contiguous parcel of +/- 165.67 total acres and +/-110 acres of irrigated land on Wise Ln., off of S. Frontage Rd, just east of the S Shiloh road overpass and half a mile from the Zoo drive exit I90. This property is serviced by I90 Exit 443 (Shiloh/Zoo Dr). +/- 3,660 ft of frontage along Wise Ln., close to the west end commercial developments. Property has three access points off Wise Ln. 120.5 acres of callable irrigation water rights with 1936 priority date. 2,048.5 GPM maximum flow rate with a diversion pump site out of the Yellowstone River. 

History

Lying in the southeastern part of Montana, and bordered by the counties of Musselshell, Stillwater, Carbon, Bighorn and Rosebud, is Yellowstone County, which was created February 26, 1883 and which is one of the best developed sections, agriculturally, in the state. The county was named after the Yellowstone River, which enters the county in its southwestern corner and traverses its entire width in a northeasterly direction, forming the principal source of supply for the irrigation ditches which contribute materially to the development that has brought about the agricultural prestige of the county. The Yellowstone valley, in which much stock is fed each year during the winter period; is broad and level, while sandstone bluffs are a characteristic of its boundaries and above them begin rolling bench lands that extend for miles. In the southeastern part of the county rise the Pryor Mountains. Although Yellowstone is primarily an agricultural and stock-growing county, within its boundaries are to be found industries of a varied character which establish its title as an important business center of the great Midland Empire, these for the most part located at the county seat of Billings.

The location of the City of Billings in the center of the so-called Midland Empire, makes it the logical distributing point for practically 150 smaller communities. During the ’80s, Billings was a trading post; the latest United States Census figures, 2020, credit the city with a population of 117,116. Its growth has been the outcome of the needs of agriculture and commerce in a district as large as three-fourths of New England, and it forms the chief financial, commercial and manufacturing center for a radius of more than 200 miles. Its strategic location as a railroad center may be deduced when it is considered that the city is situated midway between the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Spokane, Washington, at the intersection of the Great Northern, Northern Pacific and Chicago, Burlington & Quincy lines, with railroads in seven different directions.

Just the Facts

  • Yellowstone River
  • Numerous Structural Improvements (Outlined below)
  • +/- 165.67 Total Acres
  • +/- 110 Irrigated
  • Upland Birds and Waterfowl
  • Taxes: $3,502

Overview

Situated just minutes from Billings, MT, this ranch enjoys an enviable location that harmonizes the serenity of rural living with the convenience of urban amenities. With the legendary Yellowstone River gracing its southern boundary, this remarkable property, located just minutes from Billings, MT, presents an unrivaled opportunity to cultivate an extraordinary lifestyle amidst the timeless beauty of Montana, and harness the potential of approximately 110 acres of fertile irrigated land. 120.5 acres of callable irrigation water rights with 1936 priority date. 2,048.5 GPM maximum flow rate with a diversion pump site out of the Yellowstone River.

Location & Access
Location: Billings, MT

Billings is the regional hub and the largest city in a 500-mile radius. This location has become the destination for commercial and retail development. Its proximity to a major entry point to the West End of Billings provides this property endless opportunities.

The town of Billings was established in 1882 and named after Fredrick H. Billings, president of the Northern Pacific Railway. The city was formed by the railroad as its western railhead for its further westward expansion. Initially, the new town had just three buildings. However, it had grown to more than 2,000 in only a couple of months. That inspired the nickname of Billings to be the Magic City of Montana since it appeared overnight just like magic.

During the early part of the twentieth century Billings developed into an energy center after oil fields were discovered in Wyoming and Montana. Then large coal and natural gas reserves were discovered to secure the city’s first rank in energy. Billings grew rapidly from the time it was founded until after World War II, and it became the region’s major cultural, medical, and financial center.

Access: Wise Ln.

The Wise Ln. Farm is accessed from Wise Ln. off of S Frontage Rd., an all-season paved road, just minutes from Billings West End.

Directions:

Take Exit 443 for Zoo Dr., keep left at the fork, follow signs for S Frontage Rd. Stay on frontage to Wise Ln., turn south and continue on Wise Ln.

Improvements
  • Main House with porch and detached garage
  • M&E, farm grain facilities, and misc grain storage hoppers and bins under 200,000 bu.
  • New 2022 Shed
  • 1,232 sf Implement Shed
  • 2,100 sf Pole Bldg
  • 1,920 sf Pole Bldg
  • 3,200 sf Pole Bldg
  • 2,240 sf Pole Bldg
  • 200 linear foot feed bunk
  • Multiple wells for stock and domestic uses
General Operations

Ideal for those seeking a simpler and quieter lifestyle, this ranch on the outskirts of Billings presents an opportunity to embrace the captivating landscapes of the Yellowstone River. This ranch offers a prime location that harmonizes peaceful seclusion with convenient access to urban amenities.

The ranch has been in the Christenson family for 3 generations, and the property has been maintained in keeping with ranching and farming traditions. Currently, the property is ran as a farming operation. There are multiple stock water sources in conjunction with the Yellowstone.

Billings West End is seeing a large growth of industry and metro activity. New construction of single family residences, multi family residences, and all categories of commercial real estate such as the new Costco to be built off Zoo Dr., situate this property front and center of the city’s sprawl.

Leases

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT: None 

STATE OF MONTANA: None

Disclaimer: All water rights and mineral rights owned by the Seller will convey to the Buyer at closing and all required filings with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) will transfer the current water rights as they exist – with no warranty of future viability. Water rights in the State of Montana are subject to re-adjudication by the DNRC and may be determined by the court to be modified in validity, amount, priority, date, and place of use.

Recreation
Hunting

Huntable species in Montana include black bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, Shiras moose, mountain goats, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, turkeys, wolves, and bison. There is also excellent hunting for upland birds and waterfowl in most of the state.

Montana’s wildlife is well managed, with excellent trophies of nearly every big-game species being taken in the state every year. Some of the largest bighorn sheep in the world come from Montana, especially the Missouri Breaks region; however, drawing odds are extremely low.

The retreat offers the potential for passing big game and birds along the creek. The additional available acreage could provide great opportunities to hunt trophy deer and antelope.

Fishing

From cold water to warm water, big prairie rivers to high mountain lakes and fly-fishing to trolling, Montana offers angling opportunities for all to enjoy. Whether you’re seeking solitude, fish for the supper table or the trophy of a lifetime, you can find it here.

Many of these opportunities can be attributed to the quality of the fisheries habitat in Montana. Still, there are numerous challenges facing Montana’s fisheries including climate change, habitat alteration and dewatering of streams. FWP is tasked with managing the state’s fishery resources and addressing these challenges.

Outdoor

Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling are all less than an hour away. The resorts of Red Lodge, Bridger, and Big Sky are home to some of the best winter sports destinations Montana has to offer.

Conservation

The Wise Ln. Farm does not have a conservation easement in place. Options abound for prospective owners to mold this property into one that meets their goals.

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