The Lazy Ranch - Fremont County, Wyoming
Deeded Acres: 2,216
Total Acres: 2,216
Asking Price: $950,000
CATTLE RANCH FOR SALE WITH IRRIGATED LAND
Located in the Sweetwater River Valley of Fremont County, this ranch property lies just west of Jeffrey City and is bisected by both State Highway 287/789 and the historic path of the Oregon Trail. Containing over two miles of Sweetwater River frontage, this ranch offers excellent habitat for both livestock and wildlife.
- LOCATED 2 MILES WEST OF JEFFREY CITY, WYOMING IN FREMONT COUNTY.
- 2,216.6 ACRES DEEDED, MORE OR LESS.
- ~420 ACRES OF ADJUDICATED IRRIGATION RIGHTS.
- LARGE SET OF WORKING CORRALS.
- ABUNDANT WILDLIFE AND WATERFOWL.
The Lazy Ranch is a multi-generation ranch property located in the historic Sweetwater River Valley, two miles west of Jeffrey City, Wyoming. The ranch is bisected by State Highway 287/789, which follows the approximate route of the early Emigrant Trails, a combination of the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails, that migrant travelers used to cross the mid-section of what would become the State of Wyoming on their journey through South Pass and on to their ultimate destinations of Oregon, Utah and California. These trails saw an estimated 500,000 migrant travelers pass through the region during the 30-year span between 1840 and 1870.
In close proximity to The Lazy Ranch are other historic landmarks — Independence Rock, Devil’s Gate, and Split Rock — that emigrants used to help guide their parties through the valley. This corridor was also used by the short-lived Pony Express (1860-1861) when transcontinental mail was carried by horse courier.
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SIZE – OPERATION Click To View
The Lazy Ranch consists of 2,216.6 deeded acres, more or less, of which 1,660.6 acres are Rangeland, 420.0 acres are adjudicated irrigation land, 134.0 acres are sub-irrigated river bottomland, and 2.0 acres are home site and farmstead.
The property is currently leased to a neighboring rancher who would be willing to continue the lease arrangement with a new owner.
The Lazy Ranch could be operated as an investment property, a hunting property, a horse farm, or a small cattle operation.
WATER RIGHTS Click To View
There are two wells on the property. The Lazy CS #2 services the home and the Emmigrant Road Well is used as a stock well in the northeast corner of the property.
Irrigation water is provided by two different appropriations — the Point of Rocks diversion and the Enl. Point of Rocks diversion —
both of which are adjudicated.
The diversion dam for the Point of Rocks ditch is located on the neighboring property to the west of The Lazy Ranch. Details of the water rights, as shown on the Wyoming State Engineer’s website, are available upon request.
HUNTING & FISHING Click To View
With over two miles of Sweetwater River frontage and the associated river bottom habitat, The Lazy Ranch provides a vast area of excellent natural environment for wildlife, fish and waterfowl.
The Lazy Ranch lies within two different deer hunt areas — Area 96 lies south of State Highway 287/789; Area 97 lies north of the highway. Both have general license seasons in mid-October for antlered mule deer or any white-tailed deer. Area 97 also has a limited quota season for white-tailed deer during the entire month of November.
The entire ranch lies within Antelope Area 106, which has a limited quota season for any antelope during late September and early October; and a separate limited quota doe/fawn season during the same time period.
Elk inhabit the nearby mountains and occasionally cross The Lazy Ranch on their annual migratory treks.
Rainbow and Brown trout inhabit the Sweetwater River and numerous species of waterfowl frequent the river valley.
IMPROVEMENTS Click To View
Improvements include an unoccupied 952 sq. ft., 3-bedroom home built in 1920. The home has not been occupied for a number of years; however, the owners have maintained it for storage and it could be readily converted to a livable residence; a log storage building, 207 sq. ft., adjacent to the home; a corrugated metal barn/shed, 1400 sq. ft. (14’ x 100’); a large set of working corrals — wood pole construction; a metal Quonset machine shed, 2242 sq. ft. (38’ x 59’); a concrete block well house, 120 sq. ft., adjacent to the home; and a log storage building, 292 sq. ft., east of the home.
HISTORY Click To View
The Lazy Ranch was originally owned by the pioneer Sheehan family and was purchased by William P. McIntosh in 1928. Mr. McIntosh’s father, P. J. McIntosh, homesteaded the nearby Hat Ranch in 1885 and was one of the earliest settlers in the Sweetwater River Valley.
Heirs of P. J. McIntosh have continuously ranched in the Sweetwater River Valley since 1885. The current owners of The Lazy Ranch are the 3rd generation of McIntosh’s to own the property and are 4th generation heirs of P. J. McIntosh.