“A River Runs Through It” Filming Location Breaks Montana Real Estate Sale Record

Climbing Arrow Ranch, Montana
Photo from Swan Land Company

The Climbing Arrow Ranch in western Montana might not be a familiar name to many, but to fans of the film “A River Runs Through It” the landscape, buildings, and surrounding vistas are very recognizable. The 80,000-acre ranch was originally owned by the Anderson family who stewarded the land for over 60 years since they purchased it in 1959, raising cattle and generations of their family on the property. Recently the property was sold by descendants of the Anderson family to a private buyer for a wild $130 million!

The Climbing Arrow Ranch and its other land holdings in western Montana.

Not only is the property home to filming locations from “A River Runs Through It“, but it also boasts some incredible fly fishing opportunities within its borders.

According to the Swan Land Company listing the property is, “Teeming with German browns, cutthroat and rainbow trout, fly fishing on the CA is legendary. The pristine trout waters of the North Fork, Middle Fork, and the main channel of Sixteenmile Creek serpentine through the Francis Unit for over 17 miles, and nearly 3.5 miles of the acclaimed Madison River form the western edge of the Valley Unit, creating a private fishing experience like no other in Montana.”

Photo from Swan Land Company

The ranch offer came with around 2,000 Black Angus cattle and access to the Madison River, Sixteenmile Creek, and prime elk habitat according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

We really hope the folks who purchased this land aim to keep their word and maintain the natural beauty of the property. And even more so, we hope they take full advantage of the river mileage they have private access to because, if you ask us, it sounds like they now have a piece of fly fishing heaven!

All in all, the property was sold in September 2021 for a whopping $130 million, making it the priciest land purchase in Montana history!

To learn more about the Ranch and its sale, check out this article from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle!

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  1. There are no private rivers or fishing streams in Montana. All water below high water mark is public. Too many of these big money buyers are trying to shut out floaters from public water.

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