Stillwater River Ranch
Gorgeous location on the Stillwater River … Blue Ribbon Fishing!
- Gorgeous property with big mountain views
- Stillwater River frontage
- Several Springs
- Beautiful residential location
- Loaded with wildlife
- Productive hay meadows
- Prairie Creek runs through
- Easy access
- Close to public lands for recreation
- 165 Acres
- Pushkin Road, Nye,MT
- For Sale
The community of Nye is located at the upper end of our “hidden valley.” The area was cherished by the Crow Indians, long before white settlers arrived. Ranches dominate the valley with cattle and sheep populating the fields. The sparkling waters of the Stillwater River offer superb fishing. The spectacular mountains hold mineral treasures which attracted prospectors as early as the 1860’s. The drive from Nye to Woodbine Campground and the Stillwater River Trailhead is one of the most scenic in Big Sky Country. Enjoy a short walk to the falls at Woodbine, hike into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, or take advantage of our local outfitters for an adventure-filled trip into the high country of the Beartooth Mountains.
Past and Present
The Nye area has a mining history going back as far as 1864. Among the first prospectors to capitalize on this newly opend territory were Jack Nye and the Hedges brothers, Jimmy and Jonas. The first mining town in the valley,
Nye City, was a bustling, promising mining camp. By the end of 1887, a small smelter had been assembled. The town’s population peaked at about 400 people and counted at one time, six saloons, a store, a commissary, a boarding house and an assay office. Before full production could get underway, it was discovered that Nye City was inside the Crow Reservation boundaries. In 1889 evacuation was ordered. Protest and appeals were made to no avail.
Mining continues to be an important part of the community. The Stillwater Mining Company is one of the world’s leading producers of Platinum group metals and the only significant primary producer of Palladium in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1999, resident established the Nye Community Foundation, whose efforts benefit the entire Nye community. Nye Goes Nuts! in July every summer.
The Stillwater River rises in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness south of the Beartooth Mountains in southern Park County, near the state line with Wyoming and the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. It flows northeast, between the Absaroka Range to the west and the Beartooth Mountains to the east, through Custer National Forest, past Nye and Absarokee. It joins the Yellowstone near Columbus, Montana.
This Stillwater is a blue ribbon fishery. Trout are the primary game fish, but Mountain Whitefish are also common. In the river’s lower sections, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout are the most common, but towards the headwaters Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout and Brook Trout show up with increased frequency. In the spring Rainbow Trout from the Yellowstone River enter the Stillwater to spawn, some traveling as far upstream as Nye. In the fall, Brown Trout also enter the river from the Yellowstone to spawn. It is during these seasons that larger fish up to 5 pounds can be more easily found. The Stillwater is often overlooked, but is one of Montana’s greatest fisheries.
Despite its misleading name, the Stillwater’s most popular stretches contain class II and III whitewater. While float fishing from a raft is a common way to fish the river, it is recommended that only experienced rowers attempt to navigate it
Sec 6, T5S R16E, COS 320530 Parcel A
Very close to National Forest providing huge recreational opportunities.
Encompassing more than three million acres and stretching across seven ranger districts including Bozeman, Hebgen Lake Ranger District in West Yellowstone, MT, Yellowstone R.D. in Livingston, MT, Gardiner R.D., Beartooth R.D. in Red Lodge, MT, the Ashland R.D. in far southeastern MT and Sioux R.D. in Camp Crook, SD, the Custer Gallatin National Forest is known as one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the region.
As Gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness; the Forest features many adventures among rugged mountains, including the tallest Peak in Montana to remote Buttes and Bluffs of southeastern Montana and northwestern South Dakota.