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Prairie Oaks Ranch

Bowie, TX 76230

Montague County, Texas

962.46 Acres
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Location: Located in North Central Texas just north of Bowie, Texas, a mere 1 ½ hours northwest of DFW. Water: Prairie Oaks Lake is a 35 acre lake built in 1969 by US Soil Conservation Service. The lake anchors the lower end of the ranch and is fed by Denton Creek. This lake has great fishing and can also be used for water sports such as jet skiing, tubing and sailing. The deepest part of the lake is currently around 15 feet. Most of the perimeter of the lake is lined with natural stone from the ranch. Two smaller lakes are perfect for swimming and fishing and can be filled from Prairie Oaks Lake via underground pipes. Both of these lakes are clear and have camping platforms for overnight stays. There are two creeks that cross the ranch one of which is Denton Creek. A dozen bridges, including a suspension bridge cross the numerous ravines and creeks. Three of the larger steel bridges were salvaged from the county and have been used to span some of the larger ravines. One of the creeks was partially dammed under one of the bridges to create a beautiful and soothing waterfall. There are numerous additional tanks throughout the ranch. Wildlife: While a portion of the ranch is highly improved and manicured, you can still take a walk on the wild side. Wildlife abounds on Prairie Oaks. White-tailed deer, Rio-Grande turkey, ducks, and of course coyotes, bobcats and the occasional mountain lion all inhabit the property in healthy numbers. You can find white­ tailed deer down by the lake and wild turkeys strolling around the grounds of the main house. Sitting on the veranda at night you can hear the coyotes howling under some of the brightest stars in the State. Prairie Oaks Ranch is the perfect property to build a perimeter high fence. Quality native white-tailed deer already inhabit the ranch but high fencing will allow the introduction of genetically improved deer as well as select exotics. If fishing is your thing, then you can wet your line in the 35-acre lake or either of the two smaller lakes for Florida Bass, crappie or catfish. Lakes are clear and well managed. A unique engineering feature ensures the lake won't silt over. Fishing piers are conveniently located so you can try your luck at matching the unofficial record for a 12lb largemouth bass. Improvements:Main House: Overlooking the lake is the beautiful 7,000 sq ft Texas Cape Cod style main house. The home is designed for small groups and as a family, corporate or church retreat. It includes a heated outdoor pool and an 8,800 sq ft covered deck that wraps around the house and along the pool to an outdoor fireplace made entirely of native stone. The ground floor and the second and third floor have bedrooms and a small meeting room. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. There is a command center room on the ground floor for all the computer and business center needs including high speed wireless internet and fax machines. The fourth floor is an all windows observation lookout for sunsets and stargazing. The interior is appropriately decorated in western style furniture and appointments and is uniquely eclectic. The kitchen has been completely remodeled and features state of the art appliances. The 20 acres immediately around the house and lake are designed for convenient recreational activities. Bunk House & Barns: There are two large barns, both metal buildings. The Bunkhouse Barn has a concrete floor and extensive storage, a small shop and power mechanics repair facility. It also houses three suites with full kitchenettes, showers and bunks. Most sports equipment like the ATV's, golf carts, Segways, sporting clay machines and boats are stored here. The smaller pole barn is used for tractors and mowers used to maintain the golf course. Golf Course: This is no homemade golf course. It was built over a period of two years and is in excellent condition. The owner utilizes industry proven management techniques as well as developing innovative techniques that have drawn the interest of several North Texas Golf Courses. Prairie Oaks is a precision course covering three distinct terrains. The play is designed to test experienced golfers & rookies alike. The front nine offers wider fairways and greens surrounded by bunkers. It is forgiving and provides sweeping views with dramatic changes in elevation. The 2nd & 9th fairway plays both ways. The greens average 8,000 square feet The back nine is more rigorous with numerous water hazards and menacing roughs. The course accommodates five foursomes with 13 greens, four being played both ways. The total course spans 5,300yards. The longest hole is 443yards. It's a long, downhill, dog-leg ride ending with a green that perches on the edge of the lake. The hole is both beautiful and humbling. The course emphasizes conservation. Chemical fertilizers have been largely supplemented by organic amendments including compost tea that is produced in commercial quantity by a system that was designed and built on the ranch. Water is provided from surface runoff. Walking, Jogging, Hiking or Biking: The beauty of the ranch can be viewed along the over five miles of paved walking trails or seven miles of mowed hiking trails. You can view the ranch while hiking, biking, jogging, rollerblading or by hopping on your golf cart or all-terrain Segway! While enjoying any of the above activities, a variety of strategically placed, original and ingenious art pieces sit nestled in the woods along the many trails. While many inspire thought, some inspire serenity. You have to see them up close and personal to see what we mean. Truly inspiring, truly ingenious and all designed and built by the Ranch Manager. Camping: There are six outdoor camping platforms and one fishing cabin. Most have a 2nd story sleeping area to keep campers out of the coyotes way. Outdoor grills and picnic tables are located at each site. Several platforms overlook large ponds known for their outstanding fishing and seclusion. Security: While away, you can access the numerous, strategically placed surveillance cameras from your laptop or home computer. Anytime you want to escape, you can view the house, the lake and the golf course and numerous other locations on Prairie Oaks Ranch. Terrain and Natural Features: The upland prairies are filled with tall native grasses and in the spring, a wide variety of wildflowers. Native hardwoods are thick throughout the ranch and provide shade under its beautiful green leaved canopy during the summer and a spectacular show of red and yellow in the fall. And when snow arrives in the winter, the rolling terrain of the ranch and grounds around the main house and lake are incredible sights to behold! Prairie Oaks is a gently rolling property with over 75 feet of elevation changes. Views from strategic points are incredible. The entire 962.46+/- acres are perimeter fenced and crossed fenced into separate cattle pastures, each with its own water sources. A variety of native and improved grasses provide numerous cuttings for hay. Once over grazed, the past and current owners have restored native grasses to the pastures. Equipment: The equipment necessary to maintain the golf course is included in the sale price. Property Summary: Prairie Oaks Ranch is an incredibly unique, multi-faceted property. In fact it is so unique that words could never accurately describe all of its features - it must be experienced! Located in North Central Texas just east of Bowie Texas, a mere 1 & l/2 hours northwest of DFW, Prairie Oaks Ranch has been lovingly and intelligently improved and developed , the result of which yields one of the most beautiful and diverse ranches in all of Texas. The ranch's main entrance was designed with ranch brands on the steel pipe gates and controlled numeric keypad entrance that allows automatic gate opening upon exit. The 1 1/2 mile drive to the Ranch House crosses two cattle guards and passes numerous ponds. The current us

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