Picture perfect cattle ranch, horse facility & recreational paradise. Private 50 acre private lake, dock & rainbows to 6 lbs. 1,415 acres, 11 titles fenced & cross fenced. 2,000 ft2 ranch house & cabins. Barn & many out buildings, 325 acre in hay 550-600 tons/year, 175-200 cow/calf pairs.
This sprawling estate located in Big Lake, BC is one of the Cariboo region’s true gems. There are multiple layers of value with the property functioning as a cattle ranch, horse facility, wildlife haven, and recreational paradise all rolled into one premiere trophy property. Located a short one-hour flight from Vancouver, or a 30-minute drive from Williams Lake.
Limestone Mountain Ranch is comprised of 1,415 acres across 11 separate titles. The property is one contiguous ranch, offering open panoramic views towards the majestic Cariboo Mountains, fertile hay-lands, rolling hills, woodlands, open meadows, and a private 50-acre spring-fed recreational lake stocked with rainbow trout. Over the past 25 years this property has been owned by the same family with considerable care towards long-term responsible stewardship of the land. There’s no deferred maintenance here, and the pride of ownership shines through with meticulously maintained buildings and fields.
Facilities and infrastructure include a heritage-style 2,000 ft2 manager’s house, 2 lakeside cabins, highly finished craftsman-style breeding barn, 2 machine shops, 2 tack rooms, calving shed, equipment sheds, hay storage, loafing sheds, boat house, various outbuildings (including for pigs and chickens), horse corrals, round pen, sorting corrals, docks, excellent roads throughout, year-round livestock waterers, fencing and cross-fencing.
Perhaps the most unique and attractive selling feature is the private 50-acre lake contained completely within the property. Brighten Lake is a recreational playground with dock and boathouse, overlooked by two timber-frame cottages. Spring-fed and stocked with healthy rainbow trout up to 5 pounds, the lake is alive with fresh-water shrimp and is a sanctuary for a diverse number of nesting waterfowl and migrant birdlife. Fly fishing, trolling, kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding and swimming are all staple activities to enjoy. Lots of south facing low bank camping sites on the lake, room for family, or an easy transition to guest facility or adventure tourism. Sitting at the water’s edge watching eagles in the trees, fish jumping, and the blue sky reflecting off the water, it’s impossible not to feel completely at ease surrounded by nature.
The ranch supports over 175 cow/calf pairs, bulls, and yearlings and the entire property is fenced and cross-fenced. Both cattle and horse facilities are strategically located with all-season in ground stock waterers for ease of livestock management. The established pastures are in excellent condition, with a mix of grass, timothy and alfalfa. There are 325 acres of hay fields yielding between 550-600 tons of hay/annum which over the past 5 years have been re-worked, sprayed, re-seeded and fertilized annually, creating a solid hay base for years to come. Again, the owners have consistently invested the time and money back into the property which is necessary to keep it top-notch.
The property has an enviable equestrian setup. Facilities are capable of supporting a full-scale breeding operation, with craftsman-style 5-stall breeding barn, wash stall, office, tack and medic room, round ring, riding ring, corrals, second tack room, paddocks with loafing sheds and pasturing areas. Once it’s time to saddle up go no further than your own property with miles of scenic trails through various terrain.
This is not your typical cattle ranch! It offers so much more: unlimited horseback riding, hiking, ATVing, and water sports. Winter recreational activities include snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, ice-fishing, and cross-country skiing through miles of established trail.
Approximately 30% of the ranch is wooded, providing an abundance of wildlife habitat. The property has not been hunted in over 25 years and is home to sandhill cranes, blue jays, bald eagles, golden eagles, loons, osprey, geese, many varieties of ducks, moose, mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, black bear, wolves, coyotes, otter, beaver, bobcat, cougar, lynx and more. Bird-watching, wildlife and outdoor photography are all available from this one stunning diverse location.
The property is perfectly positioned to adapt to a guest facility, adventure tourism or eco-tourism. South-facing low bank beach access to private recreational lake, many lake view and mountain view sites with space for recreational vehicles or campsite locations. Corals, paddocks and stabling for guest horses with miles of trails for them to explore.
There are many options available for how you decide to operate the property: Self-Operator, Manager Operated, or Leasing of Facility to local rancher (holding property). Positive Cash Flow.
Please call the listing REALTOR® today for more information or to book a time to go by for a look.
Big Lake, a 35-minute drive to Williams Lake in the Cariboo region of BC. There are 12 direct daily (1 hour) flights between the cities of Vancouver and Williams Lake. An old airstrip can be upgraded for direct access by small plane in and out of the ranch.
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The Big Lake community is located in the Central Cariboo Region of BC. It has a population of 500 with full telecommunications, a general store, gas facilities, elementary school, fire hall, post office, and recreation hall. It is a 35-minute drive to Williams Lake.
Williams Lake services a population of 30,000, it is home to abundant equipment providers and ranch, horse, and recreational support industries. It is a vibrant community also home to the world-famous Williams Lake Stampede, the second largest professional rodeo in Canada. It has a hospital, shopping facilities, several schools, sports facilities, and one university.
Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
52°26'17.58"N and 121°52'36.46"W
Septic system, 3 separate options for water (well, spring and lake water). Power, Telephone and satellite Internet.
Septic, propane, generator and inverter, solar panel for cabins, water pumped from lake to cistern in the attic and then gravity fed to provide complete running water system in larger lakeside cabin for kitchen/bathroom sinks, toilet and bathtub with on-demand hot water. Full electricity from solar inverter system and/or 6 KW propane generator for quiet off grid living. Propane cooker and wood stoves for total cooking facilities.
All underground servicing to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the property. Power and telephone, heated waters for livestock.
Underground power has been run to this area as well.
Power, water, satellite Internet, telephone.
See property description.
RA and C1 Zoning Designation from the Cariboo Regional District.
The South west ¼ of District Lot 8275, Cariboo District
The North east ¼ of District Lot 8275, Cariboo District
The South east ¼ of District Lot 8275, Cariboo District
Block B of District 8280, Cariboo District
Block C of District Lot 8280, Cariboo District
The East ½ of District Lot 9952, Cariboo District, Except Plan 34345
Block A of District Lot 9552, Cariboo District
District Lot 5291, Cariboo District
Lot 1, District Lot 8281, Cariboo District, Plan PGP40790
The South west ¼ of District 8281, Cariboo District Except Plans 21414 PGP39712 AND PGP 40790
Block B of DL 8279, Cariboo District, Except Plans PGP 39712 AND PGP44516
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