Historic Homestead on jerked Prairie
Acreage: 158 +/-
The Homestead on Jerked Prairie consists of 158.52± acres of pristine mountain meadow terrain surrounded by the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest. The property is a unique in-holding within the national forest, which is also a Wilderness Study Area. Few privately held properties offer the wild, natural beauty that is the historic Jerked Prairie. There are roughly 1.5± miles of mountain streams winding through the meadow, holding an abundant population of native westslope cutthroat trout. The property is home to a large variety of wildlife including deer, wolves, black bears, moose, the occasional mountain goat and elk which use the meadow as a calving ground. Structural improvements include two reclaimed cabins from the original homestead along with a shower/bathhouse to accommodate them. The trapper’s cabin is a one-bedroom, one-bath cabin and the second is the 3,500± sq. ft. log lodge constructed in 1997. Accessed by a U.S. Forest Service road, the property is roughly 20 miles south of the quaint town of Wise River, Montana and accessible in the spring, summer and fall months by vehicle and over the snow vehicles December through April.
To reach the Homestead on Jerked Prairie, take the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway approximately 16 miles south from Wise River, MT, then travel approximately 4 miles west on Lacy Creek Road. The property is an early homestead, completely surrounded by the Beaverhead Deer-Lodge National Forest, with access via a US National Forest Road Use Permit.
The Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, MT is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes’ drive from the ranch and offers regional air service with Delta connection flights to Salt Lake City. For private aircraft, the Dillon, MT airport has two runways and is approximately the same driving distance from the ranch.
The Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway bisects the backcountry of the Pioneer Mountains for over 40 miles between the Big Hole Valley and the Grasshopper Creek Valley. From the north, the Byway begins at the town of Wise River, where the Wise River joins the Big Hole River. Traveling south one follows the Wise River toward its headwaters in the Pioneer Mountains before crossing a gentle 7,800 foot divide. South of the divide is Maverick Mountain Ski Area which is approximately 20 miles from the ranch. The town of Polaris is approximately 5 miles further near the junction with Highway 278, which leads to the town of Dillon, MT.
Maverick Mountain has 24 trails on 255 skiable acres. Skiers often enjoy the nearby Elkhorn Hot Springs after a day on the slopes. This area is also a favorite destination for snowmobilers during the winter season. The portion of the scenic byway between Pettingill camping area and Elkhorn Hot Springs is closed from December 1 to May 15. During that time, the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway is a National Recreation Snowmobile Trail.
The nearby Big Hole River is arguably the best blue ribbon trout stream in the lower 48, known for its native population of wild grayling in addition to rainbow, trophy brown, cutthroat and brook trout. The Wise River is also an excellent wade fishing stream and the surrounding Pioneer Mountains are dotted with numerous high country lakes and smaller mountain streams. Lambrecht Creek, which traverses the ranch, is one of those streams which contains a large population of native westslope cutthroat trout and the Bobcat Lakes, accessible by hiking trail from the ranch, offer angling opportunities for native Montana grayling.
The Pioneer Mountains are a vast mountain range with impressive big game populations. Elk, moose, deer and bears are common and plentiful for the sportsman. Another nearby attraction located along the Pioneer Mountain National Scenic Byway is Crystal Park. The unique 220acre site has been reserved by the U.S. National Forest for rock hounding. Quartz crystals are liberally scattered throughout the decomposed granite. The crystals can be clear, cloudy, white, gray or purple and may be up to several inches in diameter.
Jerked Prairie sits at over 7,000 feet in elevation and lies within the West Pioneers Wilderness Study Area in the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest. Lambrecht Creek meanders through the meadow, which is completely surrounded by mountain forest. The setting is so spectacular and serene that it is hard to imagine that it could be in private ownership.
The property is approached by U.S. Forest Service road access from the south. There is a log arch and stacked rail fencing that identifies the entrance to the property. The 3,500± sq. ft. log home overlooks the mile-long stream and meadow. Much of the open meadow is made up of natural wetlands and serves as a natural gathering place for all the local wildlife that reside in the Pioneer Mountains during the morning and evening hours.
two reclaimed, early 1900s cabins, including the original log lodge built of hand-hewn lodgepole pines harvested on the property. Other early log structures include a trapper’s cabin, shower house and work shop.
The first structure built by the current owners in 1996 is a one-bedroom log cabin located near the original homestead structures. The 3,500± sq. ft. custom log home was built in 1997. In 1999 a barn with guest quarters was completed, just behind the lodge. All of the buildings are arranged to the west boundary along both sides of a tributary to Lambrecht Creek. Westslope cutthroat trout are abundant in the beaver ponds along the stream and elk frequently browse in the willows and meadow. There is a solar system and back-up generators that power the structures. A developed mountain spring supplies drinking water or the newly drilled well can be utilized. This self-sufficient system provides the comforts of home in a remote, wilderness setting.