Option #1: $1,200,000 Purchase of entire 460± acres
Option #2: $800,000 Seller would retain approximately 157.65± acres on the West side. Refer to Exhibit B.
This 460± acres is located in the heart of the Central Flyway and in the “hot zone” just 4 miles West of Melbeta, NE. This is an outstanding waterfowl spot along the North Platte River. Thousands of ducks and geese use this main channel river spot as a roosting place at night, and as a return spot after their morning feed. During the winter hunting months the river channel is wide and the water depth is perfect for floating decoys. There are several locations to build your perfect dream blind!
At the forefront of the accretion ground is a warm water creek, which is an excellent mallard hangout and the perfect place to hunt arrowheads from the past. Thousands of mallards use this creek to consume sand, which helps in the digestion of their food.
In addition to waterfowl hunting, this property offers an abundance of hunting opportunities with wild turkey, whitetail deer, pheasants, quail, and coyotes all in the area. Fishing opportunities are also available including wild trout in the warm water creek that meanders East to West throughout the property.
The upper portion of the property has 302± acres. This portion of the land could be used as pasture ground or be developed into farm ground. In the past, the fenced in pasture has been leased out for grazing, it has easily carried 20 cow/calf pairs in recent years. Previously, a retired cowboy kept a dozen horses year round. Imagine enjoying your private four mile equestrian trail.
This North Platte River property offers numerous possibilities for building your dream-home or a secluded hunting cabin, with building sites well above the flood plain, yet are close enough to view the wildlife spectacle of the river. Or, build with panoramic views of the historic Scotts Bluff National Monument or Chimney Rock, both of which were landmarks on the Oregon Trail and Pony Express route.
There are 20 acres of water rights under the Central Irrigation District and 60 acres of water rights under the Gering Irrigation. The North Platte NRD groundwater has 82 certified acres with one well. There are two irrigation wells registered with the NRD. The first well pumps 850 GPM, while the second pumps 550 GPM.
This property was originally purchased in 1939 and has been in the same family since then. In the 1940’s a test hole was drilled to explore oil and mineral rights but the project was never completed. More that 100% of the mineral rights were sold. Mineral rights on the South half of the section are fairly clean and will be transferred to the new Owner after a waiting period.
The well established tree rows were planted throughout the 1960’s – 1980’s. The farm ground has also been extensively modified throughout the years. The terraced dryland wheat ground was bench leveled to allow pump irrigation for row crops. That process was made obsolete with the introduction of pivot irrigation in the mid 1970’s. There are still a few remaining benches and terraces that were not under the pivot. The water distribution system of underground cement pipes and above ground cement ditches can still be seen. Pump irrigation became non-sustainable as energy costs rose in the 1990’s.
The neighbor to the West has farmed the hay and grass land for 5+ years. The split is 50/50, cash value of hay and pasture rent $2,000.
Don’t miss out on this sweet opportunity to purchase a hunting oasis along the North Platte River.
Legal Description: LT 1, SW NE, PT S1/2 & ACCR (ALSO ACCR IN 32-22-54) 5-21-54
Address: Melbeta, NE 69355
County: Scotts Bluff
Scotts Bluff County Waterfowl Paradise - Melbeta, NE, USA
Scotts Bluff County Waterfowl Paradise- Melbeta, NE, USA