Garton Stillwater River Property - Stillwater County, Montana

Type: Ranch

Deeded Acres: 43

Total Acres: 43

Asking Price: $452,120

Prime riverfront property for sale near Absarokee, Montana offers outstanding attributes including several building sites, mountain views and good access.

  • Located just northwest of the small town of Absarokee in Stillwater County, Montana.
  • Very scenic area along the Stillwater River.
  • Good access.
  • Several sites on property to choose from for construction of home. 

    Prime riverfront property for sale near Absarokee, Montana, a sleepy little community that offers many town amenities as well as an abundance of recreational opportunities — rent an ATV and get out on the miles of roads and trails in the area, or take a whitewater rafting trip down the Stillwater. You’re sure to get wet and have some fun!

    If you’re just in the mood to relax, unwind, and enjoy nature maybe a horseback ride is what you’re looking for. Local guides offer hourly, day, or pack trips. There are several fishing accesses available for fishing, camping and relaxing, and lots of places to hike.

    Several fun-filled local events include the annual BBQ Cook-off held the first Sunday of July or Absarokee Days held during the last weekend in July. An Art and Wine Festival, a couple of nut-fests, an annual run, and even a winter festival round out family friendly activities offered throughout the year.   Red Lodge is just 33 miles south and offers excellent year-around recreational opportunities.




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The Garton-Stillwater River Property
is located just northwest of the small town of Absarokee (population 500±) in Stillwater County, Montana.

Access to Absarokee from all major Montana cities is via Interstate 90 to Columbus, thence southwest along Highway 78 a distance of 14 miles. State Highway 420 (also known as the Stillwater River Road) provides access to the turnoff leading into the property.


The Garton-Stillwater River Property consists of 43.059 deeded acres and offers numerous ideal building sites. Frontage along the Stillwater River, while not totally private, has tremendous recreational appeal.

The property surrounds the Fellows Subdivision on three sides. Although there are eight cabins/homes in the Subdivision, the 43-acre parcel has private deeded access to the Stillwater River at two points along its northern boundary — approximately 195 feet of frontage along the far northwest boundary and approximately 390 feet of frontage along the far northeastern boundary, see following plat map.

The property has recently been surveyed and a plat is available.

There is an old abandoned house and livestock shed on the property.

Access to the property is excellent off State Highway 420 to Fellows Lane.

Recreation Click To View

In recent years, interest in recreational and rural subdivisions has been increasing in the area because of its convenient location near Absarokee, Columbus and Billings. The Garton-Stillwater River Property is extremely attractive for recreational and rural residential use and lies in the immediate path of increasing development. The property offers outstanding attributes such as river frontage, mountain views, good access, and close proximity to small town services as well as the amenities of larger cities.

There are numerous building sites on the property. The river frontage, while not totally private, does add recreational appeal. Although there are eight cabins/homes in the Fellows Subdivision, the property has private deeded access to the Stillwater River.

Taking it’s start high in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, the Stillwater River is anything but still.  This beautiful southwest Montana river is filled with plunges, pools, sets of whitewater rapids, and large boulders.  Similar in nature to its neighbor to the west the Boulder River, the Stillwater river has a large gradient drop coming off the Beartooth Plateau on it’s way to meet the Yellowstone River near Columbus, MT.  The first 20 or so miles are higher alpine river inside the Beartooth Wilderness.  Once outside the Wilderness, the river flows through a mix of small canyons, pine and cottonwood forest, as well as ranchland and hayfield meadows.

Outside the Wilderness, there is a good road system that allows for excellent access along the riverway.  While there is a lot of privately owned ranch land and homesteads along the riverway, there are numerous public access locations designated by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks that allow for fishermen and other river users to have very good access to the river.  Fishermen will find the Stillwater to be full of rainbows, browns, some cutthroat, and mountain whitefish. Fishing can be excellent from post runoff through the Fall with the months of July and August seeing the most pressure from anglers.  Floating the river is the best way to fish the Stillwater, though due to it’s rough and tumble nature, doing so from a raft may be best.

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