The Moreau River Ranch boasts of over 3.5 miles of the Moreau River, which offers live water and natural protection throughout the ranch. The river break hills are loaded with native grasses and occasional sage brush, providing the perfect blend for range calving a set of cows or enjoying your own private hunting ground. Improvements include a modest 3 bedroom home, shop, barn, and corrals.
The Moreau River Ranch has been held under the same ownership for nearly 50 years and exhibits great stewardship. A property of this size and ability is a rare find, with live water, natural protection, feed base, and great access. Of the 2,229 acres, 1,319 are deeded.
Situated in the heart of Western South Dakota ranch country, the area is rich in history. The Slim Buttes, just to the north, were was home to remount ranches and Indian Battles, and the homesteaders settled the land in the early 1900’s. Land in the general area has been highly sought after even before the homestead days, as evidenced by the Tipi Rings atop one of the Ridges overlooking the River and the strong, native grass covered hills.
Encompassing both banks of the Moreau River for over 3 miles the terrain varies from open grasslands to gentle draws winding down to the wide River bottom with scattered mature cottonwoods. The Ranch is uniquely suited for a wide variety of enterprises or for personal recreation and enjoyment. Currently the ranch supports 120 moderately-framed cows year-round, with some supplemental feeding in the winter months. The sandy soil and natural protection provide the perfect combination for wintering and range calving a set of cows with your saddle horse and a bale bed pickup. It would also be fantastic country for running sheep, bison, or a fine band of broodmares. For the investment-minded recreationalist, summering livestock would be a solid enterprise leaving the ranch open for hunting in the fall season. Additionally, the many trails and sites would provide miles of enjoyment for guests to come recreate the days before the homesteaders. The opportunities a property like this affords are truly limitless.
- Land is 2229 acres
- Hunting Opportunity
- Livestock barn
- Livestock water provided by two electric wells and windmill
- Modest improvements in excellent condition
- Moreau River winds through each pasture
- Power and septic available
- Recreational hiking trails
- Road maintenance to front door of house
- State Lease is a mix of open grassland and approximately 50 acres of sub-irrigated alfalfa hay ground
- Well- 140 ft. and 60 GPM
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Acquired by Keith and Bonnie Hanson in the early 1960’s, the ranch has been held in the Hanson Family for the past 60 years and now the Family has decided it’s time for new ownership to ensue. In the Slim Buttes area, with direct access along SD Hwy 20, location and access on this Ranch is as good as it gets!
The South Ziebach County Unit boasts some of the best ground in the offering and consists of 2,111.08 deeded acres. This property is watered by one electric well, seven dams, and two dugouts. An old, abandoned homestead would make a fantastic home site with the well and mature shelterbelt and 661 acres of hayland, plus most of the balance in exceptional grassland.
The Corson County Unit is a standalone summer property and consists of 1,857.07 Deeded Acres and 723.61 Tribal Lease Acres. This unit is comprised of 180 acres of hayland, with the balance being native grass, and is watered by five dams and several undeveloped springs. A good county gravel road borders this unit for 3.5 miles.