The Triple U Ranch was founded as a cattle ranch by the late Roy and Nellie Houck and their family in 1959. When the Houcks moved onto the fifty thousand acres in northwest Stanley County, South Dakota, the land was virtually as it had been in 1804 when Lewis and Clark traveled that way on their trip west. The unbroken sod, deep breaks, and rambling creeks had been undisturbed for centuries. Deer and antelope roamed the land. All that was missing were the buffalo! So, it was fitting for Roy to buy a few buffalo for the ranch.
Today the ranch encompasses 45,921+/- acres of natural prairie in central South Dakota near Lake Oahe. Along with a herd of 3,500 buffalo, an abundance of other animals flourish on the ranch including registered Quarter Horses, deer, antelope, and many species of birds and other wildlife. Now, the Triple U Ranch is ran by Roy Houck's daughter, Kaye Ingle, and her family. The ranch and the buffalo herd have been featured in many commercials and motion pictures including "Dances With Wolves" directed by and starring Kevin Costner.