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.

Michelle Van Dyke, a Champion In Many Ways

Michelle Van Dyke, accredited Broker with Montana Ranch Properties, a specialized division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties, is both passionate and successful in the National Cutting Horse Association competition and in real estate marketing and sales in Southwest Montana.

She has been participating in cutting horse competitions for 32 years and active in real estate sales for the last 20 years. Michelle has continually improved her performance and success in both endeavors.

Bear Creek Schoolhouse, Cameron, Montana

A wonderful piece of history lies across the road from the Bear Creek Ranch in Cameron, Montana. The once vibrant one room school known as Bear Creek Schoolhouse, now serves the community in a new light as documented in Cowboy & Indians Magazine.

One room, no running water, no students in 70 years. But as photographer Thomas Lee shows, this schoolhouse in rural Montana still serves as the heart of a community.

Montana Stream Access Law

The path in the grass dropped quickly to where historic seasons of high water had scoured the vegetation away exposing cottonwood roots, leaving piles of branches and beaver chewed sticks.

A few steps through a mud hole and my boots found the smooth river rocks and fine gravel. Even though a ranching family owned acres of land on both sides of the river, the water was mine to enjoy below the high water mark.