The Niobrara River Cattle and Hunting Ranch located west of Valentine has been in the same family for over 80 years. The ranch consists of 3,440+/- acres and combines the ranching elements of grassland pasture with the timbered recreation and hunting land along nearly one mile of the Niobrara River. The grasslands comprise the majority of the acreage with approximately 2,514+/- acres in multiple pastures and holding traps. The timbered river parcel provides prime habitat for wildlife and consists of 926+/- acres. The property is also available as two parcels.

The opportunity to have the income from an agriculture lease with a quality tenant operator provides a nice return on investment while allowing friends and family an opportunity to enjoy and explore the Niobrara River corridor and all that it offers.

Broker(s): John Stratman, Buck Hottell


The Niobrara River Ranch is located in northern Cherry County, Nebraska along the north side of the Niobrara River and south of Nenzel, Nebraska, a small town with limited services. The ranch is accessed by State Spur 16F which travels south from Highway 20 to the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest.

The area is predominantly comprised of medium and large sized ranches with some farming evident in the area. The lands are primarily hard land soils which transition from the Sand Hills south of the Niobrara. The area is well known as some of the best grazing lands in North America. Cattle ranching and farming are the main activities in the area and strong local communities and friendly neighbors are the norm. Valentine, Nebraska is the primary town and service center for this trade area and offers nearly all major services.


The property is comprised of 3,440 acres of deeded lands. The grassland is excellent quality and the topography is undulating to gently rolling. The timbered river breaks grade from gently rolling to steep slopes grading into the undulating river bottom along the Niobrara River. The water quality and quantity is excellent and sourced from electric wells, windmills and access to the Niobrara River.

The Niobrara River offers excellent wildlife habitat with plentiful pine tree cover and numerous ridges, draws and canyons. The scenic aspect and habitat diversity are inspiring in this part of the world, with the Niobrara River and its timbered breaks offering a warm contrast from the Sandhills grasslands to the south and the Great Plains to the north.

The ranch has been owner operated and in the same family for nearly 80 years. Historically, the family has run the operation as a cow-calf operation with about 300 animal units. More recently, the operation has transitioned to a smaller herd and leasing grass pasture to neighbors.


The main improvement is the extensively remodeled and upgraded beautiful brick home. The interior features a gorgeous kitchen showcased with custom wood cabinets and granite countertops and center-island. An open floor plan features the kitchen, dining room and great room along with the master bedroom, five-piece master bath, second bedroom/office and bathroom. The basement offers a large open recreation area, three bedrooms and a bathroom. The home is complimented with spectacular views overlooking the timbered river breaks and grass pastures. An attached garage, decks around the home with user-friendly front and back yards and mature trees make the property inviting. The home could be easily used as a lodge complex to compliment the recreation aspects of the property.

A quonset shop, large barn, sheds and corrals with multiple tree rows complete the ranch headquarters.


The Niobrara River offers a multitude of recreation opportunities from hunting and wildlife viewing of elk, deer (Whitetail and Mule Deer), antelope, coyotes, raccoons, badgers, raptors and others to canoeing on the river and enjoying the diverse landscape. The Niobrara along this stretch of the river system offers water that is clear, cool and 10 to 24 inches deep. The habitat diversity of trees, brush, bottomland grass, make for a great home for a multitude of wildlife. The hunting on the ranch has been controlled for many years and the opportunity to hunt for elk, mule deer and whitetail bucks is a rare combination in Nebraska.


The Niobrara River Ranch is great combination of productive agricultural lands and recreation lands in one parcel. The opportunity to have this quality of ranchlands and timbered breaks along the Niobrara River is rare. The opportunity to have the income from an agriculture lease with a quality tenant operator provides a nice return on investment while allowing friends and family an opportunity to enjoy and explore the Niobrara River corridor and all that it offers. This property offers quality throughout and the live water with habitat diversity makes this a unique offering.


The property is available in its entirety for $6,500,000, or the timbered hunting and recreation 926 acres adjoining the Niobrara River at $3,700,000.

TAXES: $19,000