The Highway 88 Recreation Ranch is a superb quality 933-acre property offering excellent access along with income, recreation and production capability. The miles of hedge rows, creek bottom and large lake make the property a “sportsman’s paradise”. The ranch offers deer, antelope, upland game bird and waterfowl hunting. The CRP and grazing income make the land holding cash-flow positive.
Broker(s): Buck Hottell
The Highway 88 Recreation Ranch lies in Banner County in very western Nebraska and approximately 20 miles from Scottsbluff (pop 15,000) and Gering (pop 8500), Nebraska. The two cities have grown together but are separated by the North Platte River. The North Platte River Valley around Scottsbluff is a strong and prosperous farming and ranching area. Harrisburg, which lies 15 miles west of the property, is the county seat of Banner County.
The land lies nine miles east from the intersection of Highways 88 and 71. All essential services are provided by Harrisburg or the Scottsbluff/Gering communities including schools, shopping, building supplies, colleges, regional hospital and commercial air service.
The ranch consists of 635 acres of grassland, 281 acres of CRP/dryland crop and 17 acres of roads, creeks and waste. Cedar wind breaks have been planted in long rows across the property allowing a haven for wildlife. There currently are no buildings on the property however, there are numerous building sites. The gently rolling topography and shelter belts also offer excellent pasture and protection.
This property is highlighted by a three-acre lake (Muir Lake) that lies on a spring fed creek offering excellent waterfowl hunting, potential for fishing as well as summer recreational activities such as rafting and swimming. The property has three new solar powered wells, a live creek known as Horn Gulch, which is spring fed and runs year-round and flows into Muir Lake. There is also an artesian well with new 20’x6’ fiberglass tank.
The CRP, multiple water sources and mature windbreak trees provide protection for the ample wildlife including deer, greater prairie chicken, pheasant, waterfowl and other species. The property has 220 acres of CRP at approximately $37.00 per acre for an annual payment of $8,300. In addition, grazing income is estimated at $12,000 for 60 head for five months. Wildlife management practices may sway the grazing income depending on one’s intentions for maximizing habitat.
The Highway 88 Recreation Ranch has great location just 20 miles from Scottsbluff all via paved roads. The property has excellent recreational and hunting value with shelter belts, CRP and live water. The live water characteristics provide open water which holds migratory waterfowl. There are several excellent building sites including one overlooking Muir Lake. The miles of mature tree windbreaks are fenced. The income produced from the CRP and grazing make a sound investment supporting a variety of recreational endeavors.