Out-of-State Buyers, intent on acquiring a unique waterfront property located in the Pacific Northwest, may wish to seek out Foxglove Ranch. It’s appeal is to sportsmen, to pilots and those drawn to the natural beauty of mountains, forests, open pastures, a significant river and wildlife.
Small plane enthusiasts can fly into this semi-secluded 175+ acre ranch which offers one mile of river frontage and a 2200 ft landing strip on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River in North Central Idaho. For families or executives, this property is a very private but accessible oasis.
Cradled by beautiful river landscapes, Foxglove Ranch is rich in character, history and natural beauty. Wildlife is everywhere, mountains beckon, the river wide and captivating.
Foxglove Ranch lies along the historic Lewis and Clark Trail (Hwy 12), a designated scenic corridor just down river from the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and shares boundaries along U.S. Forest Service land.
The property offers a magnificent, once-in-a-life-time opportunity to own ground upon which Lewis and Clark may have traveled on their Corp of Discovery journey in the early 1800’s.
Highway 12 is a primary roadway stretching across Idaho’s lower panhandle, connecting Missoula, Montana to Lewiston, Idaho. Scenery along this winding highway is breathtaking and passes through the Bitterroot Wilderness. The highway hugs the Clearwater River which is formed by the confluence of the Lochsa and Selway Rivers.
Foxglove Ranch represents the ultimate semi private property with unique access via its private suspended tram that traverses the river. The ranch is meticulously maintained, a true turn-key property. Every mechanical system is new or improved, the 1800 sq. ft house fully remodeled and several outbuildings operational.
Fly fishermen, hunters, white water rafters and nature lovers will treasure the ample access to recreational opportunities, stocked healthy ponds and bird habitats. It’s a sportsmans and nature enthusiasts paradise.
Care has been taken to be mindful of conservation, ecological impact and regulatory compliance.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT FOXGLOVE RANCH
The property is two-thirds forested and one-third improved pasture lands with fruit orchards populating a small portion of the cleared land. While the apple and pear orchard is old, trees have been pruned and bear generous fruit. The several pastures have been plowed and re-seeded with native grasses. Noxious weeds are at a minimum and controlled.
The vast majority of the property has a perimeter 4-wire fencing. Fencing around the house is cedar split rail with a number of gates and has weathered gray.
Several miles of dirt roads on the property have been graded, ditched, have appropriate water diversions and are properly seeded with grass to minimize erosion.
Foxglove has several natural springs and two ponds. A three acre pond with island, is stocked with fish. A dozen sterile grass carp stay on top of vegetation growth in the pond. It is a wildlife preserve serving as native habitat for ducks, geese and a variety of fish. Technical pond design and support was provided by the NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service) and with the approvals of the U.S. Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Idaho Water Resources, and Idaho Fish & Game, et. al. The pond watershed is 500 acres of privately owned unimproved land.
Foxglove has river water rights dating to the early 1950’s.
Wildlife inhabiting Foxglove Ranch include whitetail deer, elk, moose, wild turkey, bear, mountain lion, prairie dog, eagle, osprey, Canadian geese and a variety of other species.
Foxglove Ranch features a maintained 2,200 foot grassy airplane landing strip, great for a fly-in pilot location. The grassy airplane landing strip is useable in dry weather and is properly drained. The grassy airstrip feature makes Foxglove Ranch a highly desirable property for small plane pilots and aviation enthusiasts.
Access to the property is unique, via a private enclosed suspended tram that spans the 300 foot wide river. Private parking and right-of-way off Highway 12 are part of the property. The four wheel drive tram has been completely refurbished and is powered by solar charged batteries and a golf cart motor. Additional access to the property is from a jeep trail over a ridge behind the property with adequately documented access easements.
The 1,800 square foot remodeled house with both wood and propane gas heat is suitable for year-round living. In addition, there are numerous other outbuildings including a workshop, a shed, a chicken coop, root cellar and two large barns.
The house and all outbuildings have new coated steel roofs and the structures have been stained in earth tone colors. The house has been remodeled to include vaulted ceilings, new double-glazed windows, native stone fireplace with glass-fronted wood heat insert. A new 300 sq. ft addition features reclaimed old growth Douglas fir quarter-sawn flooring, vaulted ceiling, contemporary Rais wood burning stove, and a second bathroom with double ended bathtub and Montana slate floor accents. Recent kitchen and original bath updates complete the remodel.
The covered front porch off the master suite overlooks the river, and has a new 2 person hot tub and nearby gas fire ring.
The front-end of the separate root cellar has been remodeled as a small office with vistas to the forest and mountains.
Foxglove Ranch enjoys breathtaking beauty, a degree of remoteness and unusual access. Public land, the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, Camas Prairie, Bitterroot Wilderness, Clearwater Mountains, Selway River, Lochsa River, Salmon River and Snake River, Hells Canyon and the Lewis Clark Trail are all nearby features of the region.
The name of the ranch was selected because the native foxglove plant provides digitalis, one of the first heart drugs. Foxglove is a matter of the heart.