Legacy Spring Creek Ranch Springfield, Idaho
Matt MacMillan, Associate Broker Tate Jarry, Associate Broker
www.LiveWaterProperties.com Toll Free 866.734.6100
RANCH LOCATION: Legacy Spring Creek Ranch is located in Springfield, Idaho, on the northern shore of American Falls Reservoir. Springfield is an unincorporated community located in Bingham County, Idaho. Located 46 miles southwest of Idaho Falls and 34 miles northwest of Pocatello, Springfield is accessible by road, commercial air and private air. Idaho Falls Regional Airport offers regular service on Delta/SkyWest, United, Horizon and Allegiant Air while Pocatello Regional Airport offers regular service via Delta/ SkyWest. Private air travel is serviced through Idaho Falls and Pocatello, each offering 9000’ jet‐capable strips or for smaller planes, McCarley Field Airport in Blackfoot offers a 4314’ strip. Access to the ranch is granted through a well‐maintained county road off Highway 39 via Interstate 15. The ranch itself is approximately 22 miles from Interstate 15 and the city of Blackfoot, a community of 10,000 residents. Blackfoot provides day‐to‐day conveniences including grocery stores, banks, restaurants, gas stations and ranch and equipment suppliers. Blackfoot also supports three area high schools, two middle schools and eight elementary schools. The notable resort areas of Jackson Hole, Wyoming (135 Miles), Sun Valley, Idaho (155 miles) and Salt Lake City, Utah (207 miles) are each less than a 3‐hour drive respectively.
RANCH ACREAGE: This ranch is comprised of 671 deeded acres with 408.5 acres of tillable cropland and approximately 200 acres of grazing pasture with remaining acreage covered by springs, ponds and sloughs. According to the Farm Service Agency’s historical records, the farm has been planted in corn and wheat on 11 different plots ranging in size from 14 acres to 97 acres. Farm ground of various sizes could prove beneficial to an incoming owner who wishes to incorporate a food plot system designed specifically for the enhancement of wildlife habitat. Three miles of spring creek meander through the property dividing the cropland and providing riparian habitat within close proximity to food sources. Numerous stands of aspen, cottonwood, willows and conifer trees adorn the property throughout providing scenery as well as refuge for area wildlife.
IMPROVEMENTS: Improvements on the ranch include a 2,000± sqft, 5BR, 2BA modular home situated in the northwest corner of the property overlooking one of the many spring‐fed ponds. A barn of approximately 3,500 sqft lies adjacent to the main home and serves as a heated storage facility for drift boats, 4‐wheelers, hunting equipment plus various farm equipment used in the daily maintenance of the ranch. The barn also has a state‐of‐the‐art duck and goose plucking system making cleaning the daily bag limit a breeze. Other improvements include perimeter fencing and an interior road system that has been established over time allowing travel through the property between agricultural fields and hunting and fishing spots.
CONSERVATION EASEMENT: Due to the eco‐sensitive nature of the Legacy Spring Creek Ranch with an abundance of water resources, proximity to the American Falls Reservoir and the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, the ranch could provide substantial tax benefits to an incoming owner who places a conservation easement on the property. There are a number of land trusts that would be interested in working with a potential Buyer including the Sage Brush Steppe, Tom Lucia at 208‐221‐7100, located in Pocatello, Idaho, and the Nature Conservancy at 208‐522‐4350.
LIVE WATER: The spring resources on Legacy Spring Creek Ranch are extraordinary and create a system of sloughs, lakes and creeks that extend for approximately 3 miles through the ranch. Historical measurements indicate healthy year round flows varying between 35‐44 cubic feet per second. This clean, clear spring water creates an exceptional setting for growing large trout. With consistent year round water temperatures, these trout thrive and are able to grow to maximum size. Aquatic insect life such as scuds, leeches, mayflies, midges and caddis flies sustain the trout diet. The most prevalent trout species are rainbow and rainbow/cutthroat hybrids or cutt‐bows. Cutthroat and brown trout also have been caught on the ranch.
LIVE WATER: (Continued) The size of the fish is what truly sets the trout at Legacy Spring Creek apart. While recognizing that fish size is something often exaggerated, there is no need for embellishment here. Several fish have been measured and photographed that exceed 30 inches in length! Some of the larger fish caught and measured on the ranch include two rainbow trout, 34.5 inches with 18‐inch girth and another 33.5 inches with 22‐inch girth. It should be noted that current ownership has never stocked fish on the ranch. These are fish that live throughout the spring creek system with additional fish migrating up from the reservoir to spawn and take advantage of the ideal habitat. On the lake sections, fishing is most effectively done via drift boat or float tube. There is a boat ramp onsite, where a drift boat is easily launched. One can of course fish from both the shore and creek sections; this method can be successful when observing fish feeding on the surface. What the owners call a spawning channel has been built on the lower portion of the property to encourage longevity and natural production of trout on the property. The current owner limits fishing opportunities exclusively to fly fishing and catch and release.
WATER RIGHTS: The water rights appurtenant to the Legacy Spring Creek Ranch include 10 irrigation water rights all with a decreed status, both ground water and surface rights. These water rights combined total 12.36 CFS or 3,066.7 acre feet for irrigation on 537.2 acres. Two pivots exist on the ranch and are included in the sale covering 159.3 acres, while the remaining agricultural fields are irrigated with hand lines and flood irrigation techniques. The hand lines that are currently onsite will not be included in this sale as they are owned by the tenant farmer. The current and past owners of this ranch have realized the importance of the recreational components of the ranch and have made adjustments to 7 water rights to allow for ponding on the property. There are 3 water rights allocated to Recreation Storage and 4 water rights allocated for Fish Propagation.
WATERFOWL AND UPLAND BIRD HUNTING: In our experience, Legacy Spring Creek Ranch is the finest waterfowl property in the state of Idaho. If one considers the contributing factors it should not be surprising that Legacy Spring Creek Ranch is loaded with ducks and geese. The location next to American Falls Reservoir, a 56,000‐acre impoundment and the largest on the Snake River, this massive body of water is a historical stopover spot for flocks of migrant birds. The area surrounding American Falls is rich in grain fields and roosting areas that attract large flocks of birds with prime habitat. The ranch itself is ideally situated with 3 miles of spring creeks that provide open water year round. Two pivots and multiple decreed water rights provide the necessary irrigation water and 120‐day growing season allows key food crops such as corn and barley to grow in abundance.
WATERFOWL AND UPLAND BIRD HUNTING: (Continued) These factors coupled with that extra “ducky” feeling come together to create a very special situation. Ownership has enhanced Mother Nature’s gift by creating lakes and sloughs that course through the ranch. Thirty‐one pit blinds have been sunken throughout the property plus additional “box blinds” in select locations. All native duck species can be seen on the property based on the time of year. The season opens in early October with Green‐ winged and Blue‐winged teal, Canvasback and Redhead ducks and rounds out with good flights of Goldeneye, Bufflehead and other diving ducks as the seasons ends in mid‐January. Throughout the year Pintail, Gadwall and Widgeon are all present on the ranch. Mallards tend to be the preferred species on the property and the ranch is a magnet for these great big green heads. The owner and guests often will limit shooting only to Drake Mallards and rarely have trouble filling limits. Canada geese are also in abundance and at times thousands of geese can be seen in the grain fields. Depending on the day or the targeted species, waterfowl hunters can hide in tight tree‐ lined creeks, open bays and lakes or sit in the dry grain fields. The opportunity to hunt a wide range of situations keeps things interesting through the fall and winter waterfowling months. In addition to the annual fall duck/goose season, the Idaho Game and Fish has now added a light goose season that incorporates Legacy Spring Creek Ranch. In 2011, this season runs February 19‐March 10 for Snow and White‐fronted geese. Property showings during this period indicate that there will be a fabulous hunt season with large flocks of Snow geese stopping on the ranch.
WATERFOWL AND UPLAND BIRD HUNTING: (Continued) The second most significant game bird on the ranch is the pheasant. Although overshadowed by the sheer number of ducks and geese, pheasant populations at the ranch are superb. This is a wild sustaining population of pheasants. Stocking could provide more birds, however the population is robust enough that current ownership deemed it unnecessary. Pheasants are commonly seen on the ranch roads, in the grain fields and in any piece of cover available. Hunting can be great for roosters after a morning sitting in the blind. Pheasant season typically runs from mid‐October through the end of November. In addition to the tremendous waterfowl and pheasant populations, we have also seen coveys of Hungarian partridge on the ranch. Huns offer an extended season with hunting open from the first of October through the end of January.
SUMMARY: Legacy Spring Creek Ranch is an exceptional sporting property with a diversity of wildlife and excellent habitat supported by a well irrigated agricultural component seldom found on a ranch of this size, in this region. This private retreat offers an incoming Buyer an incredible opportunity to own a true sporting ranch all within close proximity to many modern conveniences.
PRICE: $4,200,000, Reduced from 5,000,000 TAXES: $4,389.76 in 2010
CONTACT: Please contact Matt MacMillan at 307‐413‐3582 or Tate Jarry at 307‐413‐2180 to schedule a showing of the Legacy Spring Creek Ranch. Notes: 1) This is an exclusive listing of Live Water Properties LLC; an agent of Live Water Properties must be present to conduct a showing. The owners respectfully request that other agents and/or prospective buyers contact Live Water Properties in advance to schedule a proper showing and do not attempt to tour or trespass the property on their own. Thank you. 2) Offering subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information provided herein is intended as a general guideline and has been provided by sources deemed reliable, but the accuracy of which we cannot guarantee. 3) Live Water Properties LLC represents the Seller as a Seller’s Agent.
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Published on Aug 5, 2011
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