The Big River Hunting and Preserve encompasses 960 acres in north central South Dakota with easy access from a blacktop highway. There is 488 acres of crop land according to FSA with the balance in pasture. There is exceptional water from 3 well and 2 springs. Its productivity, scenic beauty, and excellent hunting makes this ranch a must see. The improvements include a 2000 square foot home, lodge, machine shed, quanset and butcher shop.Improvements House Older 2 story home originally built in 1914. It has 2000 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 2 full baths. It has been updated with new plumbing, central air, new furnace, wiring and roof.
In 1914, Alex LaPlante built the new home. A neighbor named Mr. Ballard assisted them and was paid a fee of $400 and one horse. It was one of the most modern in the country. It was moved from its old location by Frank O'Leary to the Doc Adams place. The house had electric lights, steam heat and a bathroom. The rooms downstairs had hardwood floors and were arranged so that dances could be held there. The LaPlante's had many dances in their home. They loved music and had a piano and other musical instruments. The home was a gathering place for the young people of the neighborhood.
Lodge 35'X70' with a full kitchen and 4 bathrooms. It will be sold fully furnished.
Butcher Shop 20'X16'
Machine Shed 40'X80' with full concrete floor
Recreation Big River Hunting and Preserve is rich in wildlife resources. It boasts a good population of pheasants and grouse as well as deer and an occasional antelope. With the alfalfa and small grains, grass hillsides and established shelter belts the wildlife habitat is diverse with three key elements - food, water, and cover. Carefully managed with selective cattle grazing practices, and given the varying terrain and habitat, the property provides excellent hunting opportunities. The property has excellent hunting with a preserve license to extend the pheasant hunting season.
Water/Mineral Rights & Natural Resources Water is supplied by a 3 wells 2 dams.
Region & Climate Almost the entire county of Dewey lies in the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. The balance of the county, along its extreme northern county line, lies in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. It is one of five South Dakota counties that are contained within Indian Reservations. The Moreau River flows east northeasterly through the upper central parts of Dewey County, discharging into the Missouri River near the county's NE corner. Smaller drainages move runoff water northward from the central-eastern portions to the Missouri River, discharging near the community of Promise. A significant arm of the Missouri River forms the county's southeastern border. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, sloping southeastward, and dropping off into the Missouri River basin.
Location The Big River Hunting and Preserve is located approximately 11 miles south of Timber Lake, South Dakota.
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The Big River Hunting and Preserve is located approximately 11 miles south of Timber Lake, South Dakota.
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