Big Horn Hunting Ranch, Washington
Property Types: Vacant Land, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
473+/- acres abutting Dept of Natural Resources boat launch & parking lot rife with big horn sheep. The Lincoln Cliffs herd of 100+ individuals conspicuously occupies this acreage both lounging in the shade by the lake on the lower acres and roaming the upper acreage freely and even lambing right on this land. The Lincoln Cliffs herd is such a common sight in this area they roam brazenly across the county roads. Historic WDFW Game Status and Trend Reports indicate most sheep permit holders spend only one day before successfully harvesting and the 90%+ success rate of those hunters is determined signifcantly by the amount of time they spend getting permission to hunt from area property owners as there is virtually no public land available to hunt on in the area the herd lives.
"Bighorn sheep were reintroduced into the Lincoln Cliffs area in 1990. Sheep distribution was historically centered on the original 1990 release site, a parcel [...] just south of the town of Lincoln. This was an area jointly selected by WDFW and BLM as suitable habitat. The sheep now regularly occupy two main areas throughout the year: the residential community of Lincoln and the cliffs above it, and the cliffs around Whitestone Rock [...] Agricultural fields [this 473 acres listed for sale] above cliffs and along roads are also used regularly by the sheep."
-Bighorn Sheep Status and Trend Report 2017 pg 193
Understandably, the best way to guarantee a successful hunt of these still very highly restricted big game animals is to own the private property they are so well known to inhabit.
The trophy hunts don't stop at sheep though. Hundreds of turkey, deer, pheasant, and other prairie game take refuge on this acreage. This property has been owned by the same family for 90 years and is still as pristine and natural as it was when Great Uncle Bell bought it before being drafted for WWII. The lower acreage, accessible from Red Wine Canyon Road, is ideal for driving your truck and camper to set up for hunting or boating - the Columbia River is known for sturgeon, bass, trout, kokanee salmon, walleye, whitefish, black crappie, pumpkinseed, bullhead, and channel catfish. Here, along with spectacular views of the lake you are spitting-distance from the boat launch with all the comforts of home: cell service, hard line phone, a power panel, and endless, free municipal water. There's even a level yard with cultivated grass lawn watered and mowed by a neighbor for quick set-up of your camp. Construction of a cabin would be quick and easy with flexible county zoning designation.
The upper acreage is accessed by private dirt roads and gated to restrict unauthorized access. Cliff faces and rugged terraces on the north and west sides provide natural barriers that the big horn love and potential tresspassers steer clear of. The breath-taking views of the Columbia River up and down Lake Roosevelt from the top of the cliffs will hypnotize you. Elevations range over 1,000 feet from approx 1360 at the bottom to 2400 at the top.
Bringing an outdoor enthusiast who doesn't hunt or fish? The cliff faces have been minimally explored but millions of years ago during the ancient Missoula Floods trees were encapsulated in the translocated materials and as they rotted out created amazing caves. Few photos of the caves exist but they are impressive! Rock hounds, cavers, geologists, and archaeologists will all find unique value in the cliff faces & various formations.
A partial survey was conducted approx 10 years ago to determine property corners along northerly border. Preliminary title report on file.