The Rivers of Southwest Montana

The beauty of Montana, especially southwestern Montana, exists between the lines.  We aren’t talking about the boundary lines set by society or government, but of the lines of the reel and rod cast into the river.  Often called the “last best place”, Bozeman and the surrounding cities offer anglers unparalleled access to hundreds of rivers,…

Support Made in the USA!

Has anyone been to your supper markets lately to the meat counter? Notice that the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) no longer exists. You might be eating Brazilian beef which recently arrived this month and will continue to the tune of 2,500 metric tons per month. Brazil, the world’s largest been processor announced that JBS…

Streamlining Montana Water Rights Transfers

When marketing farms, ranches or recreational offerings, the first question a savvy buyer should ask is, “Are there water rights associated with the property?” This can make a break a deal if you need water to produce a crop or if you are purchasing a property that has springs or a viable fishery that relies…

When you Purchase a Property in Montana

In Montana, you do more than purchase your next home –  you purchase your new lifestyle. Southwest Montana is the heart and soul for recreational enthusiasts. Summertime hiking, kite boarding, whitewater rafting, boating, and horseback riding are just a few of the many activities that are out your back door. If you are a winter enthusiast you…

Why the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana

The Bitterroot Valley is truly a magical place. Geographically the Valley is approximately 95 miles long extending from Lost Trail Pass at the border of Montana and Idaho nearly to Missoula. It is bordered by the Bitterroot Mountains to the west and the Sapphire Mountains to the East. The Bitterroot Mountains are home to large…

Montana’s Most Precious Resource, Water

Water is Montana’s most precious resource. From hiking mountain lakes, fishing and floating rivers, to watering our fields and cattle; our fresh water is an important factor for life and recreation in our Big Sky state.

I spent a couple of hours with Brant Lumpkin, a Compliance Technician, with the State of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). He had a wealth of information regarding our water resources and I will share some of that with you.