- County: Colorado
- Zip: 77442
- Type: Hunting Land, Ranches
- City: Garwood
- Price: $4,376,904
- Acres: 673
- State/Zip: Texas 77442
- Status: Available
Valhalla Ranch in Colorado County is a private sportsmans paradise located within easy driving distance of Texas major metropolitan areas. Houston is less than 90 minutes away while San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi are about a two hour drive.
Over the past four years, the ecological infrastructure has been upgraded on this 673-acre, high-fenced ranch located near the waterfowl mecca of Garwood, Texas. The coastal prairies in Colorado and nearby Wharton and Lavaca counties are home to the largest population of overwintering waterfowl in the United States. Traditional Texas waterfowling got its start on the Garwood Prairie in the 1950s.
From a habitat perspective, the 32-acre lake built with guidance from Ducks Unlimited is the propertys focal point. Constructed on a reclaimed rice field, the shallow water lake provides overwintering habitat for a variety of duck and geese. Last winter, rises of 1,000 birds were common.
The lake is situated in the corner of a beautiful native grass field. In recent years, it has been sprayed twice and burned twice to remove undesirable plants. Then it was re-seeded with native grasses and forbs to re-establish the prairie that has long served as natures buffet for waterfowl and other wildlife. The prairie restoration was undertaken with help and guidance of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.
The lake, along with the propertys 6 ponds, two of which have bass and plentiful forage fish to ensure that the bass can grow to fighting size.
In addition to superlative waterfowl hunting, the ranch is home to white-tailed deer, hogs, turkey and migratory dove. With the restoration of the prairie, a small population of bobwhite quail has begun to establish itself. Whitetail enthusiasts can take the deer herd to the next level by applying management.
Majestic live oaks and post oaks dominate the over story. The brush on the property has been selectively cleared to provide the patchwork of habitat that whitetails and other native species prefer. The ranch could also support the introduction of exotics if the new owners so choose.
Currently, there is a grazing lease on a portion of the property. It generates some annual income and helps manage vegetation on the woodier portions of the ranch. There is a small set of working pens to facilitate livestock grazing.
The next owners can put finishing touches on the property that will reflect their tastes and elevate Valhalla Ranch to the ranks of Texas most elite private hunting properties. Utilities have been run to the center of the property, which is configured as a perfect square.
The 5 bedroom, 3 bath manufactured home built in 2014 is positioned to take advantage of the stunning views to the east showcasing the native grass field, huge oaks and the duck lake. The 2,200 square foot home has a large covered deck and a party slab providing a comfortable, cozy getaway for family and friends as the new owners permanent dream home or top-of-the-line lodge is built.
The ranch includes a 40 x 60 metal barn with a concrete slab. Two elevated hunting blinds and feeders will transfer with the sale.
With its close proximity to metropolitan Texas, Valhalla Ranch is ideally suited for the year-round city sportsmana hunters paradise within an easy drive.
To experience Valhalla Ranch for yourself, contact Tom Alexander at 713.826.8864. This property is available for $4.3 million.
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