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213 acres¬†¬† Big Valley Lake Ranch


Located in North Texas on Custer Road in Big Valley which is in the corner of Southeastern Hardeman County. Approximately 15 miles from Vernon, Texas;  7 miles south of Chillicothe, Texas and 190 miles northwest of DFW metroplex.


The Big Valley Lake Ranch is a perfect setup for someone looking for a clean, ready to go property with nice lake views,  lodging,  plenty of  year round recreation as well as a great place to raise a cow herd  or stocker operation. The ranch is easily accessible and has excellent year round sport and agricultural or livestock opportunities that are ready to enjoy!  As you enter the property off of Custer Road, you cross a cattle guard and travel the winding gravel road passing the working pens and through the first improved grass pasture. As you go through the second cattle guard into the house pasture, the huge lake and well maintained headquarters becomes fully visible. The road continues past the ranch home and shop, shortly before crossing the huge lake damn and continuing over to the east side of the ranch into one of the larger ranch pastures. These pastures have an excellent grass base with some more open areas as well as some thicker mesquite thicket parts. If the new owner wanted a strict cattle operation, they could easily remove or spray the small mesquites in these pastures and the grass would flourish. Or, if more hunting land was the goal of the new owner, the mesquites could be left to grow and within a few years would act as great cover for wildlife. The massive natural draw that feeds the lake has plenty of room and runoff to build an additional lake above the existing one if the new owner was interested in doing so. There is a large natural year round spring above the mouth of the existing lake which also helps to ensure fresh water is supplementing the runoff water when there are periods of minimal rainfall.  The lake is definitely the heart of the ranch, providing great fishing opportunities and outstanding waterfowl hunting in the winter months! From the front porch of the house you are only a few feet from the water’s edge! The main part of the lake is deep water, while the part stretching back into the mouth area becomes more shallow and brushy. This area is covered in huge bullfrogs and the soils of the ranch primarily are sandy loam with some clay, but have more tight ground in the natural draw feeding the lake. About 50% of the ranch is comprised of older CRP grasses and various other plants. This is an excellent bedding area for wildlife and could be left alone or converted back into cultivation fairly easy. The quail hunting in this kind of scrub brush and grass flat areas is outstanding. Several coveys of birds are found on the ranch at all times. Although not too thick with brush, the ranch is surrounded by dense mesquite pastures making the property plentiful with wildlife and well balanced for all types of hunting and recreation. Because of the dense cover surrounding the property and minimal hunting pressure on the surrounding ranches, there is a very good chance to harvest trophy wildlife! There are also multiple cross fences that separate the pastures for concentrated grazing.


2,100 sq. ft. Ranch Home in nice condition; home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen with huge pantry; huge great room or living area; utility or mud room; metal roof; painted concrete floors and some tile; gas heat(propane);  large 500 Sq. ft. covered porch overlooking the lake;  full size walk in cellar or Basement that is accessed from inside the home;   large metal insulated shop that measures 40x60 enclosed with a 20x60 attached shed area for equipment storage; shop is well lighted with a separate bathroom inside as well as a separated “grease room” for storage of lubricants and flammable items; 6 +/- acre lake with spillway and two man-made rock fishing piers; nice steel pipe corrals with good working facilities and squeeze chute. Water well with excellent water; perimeter fences are good to excellent; cross-fencing is good to excellent with cattle guards and many steel gates installed; improved grass pasture areas; well-built pipe entrance with cattle guard and excellent gravel road leading to the house and shop.


Whitetail deer, waterfowl, turkey, quail, dove, wild hogs, fishing in lake.


The Big Valley Lake Ranch is one of the cleanest, well-kept properties that I have listed. The huge 6 acre lake and well-kept headquarters make this property a first class setup for recreation and agricultural activities. 




Andrew Pennington - Listing Agent (940) 838-8112