Lakes of Gibbons Creek Ranch is featured in the Fall 2021 issue of Texas LAND magazine. Click here to find out more.
Republic Ranches, LLC is excited to bring to market the incredible Lakes of Gibbons Creek Ranch. The ranch is a world-class and extraordinary example of natural resource and rangeland restoration undertakings over the course of several decades following an intense use of portions of the surface to secure lignite. The resources (financial, engineering, scientific and otherwise) that were put to work on this restoration project have resulted in an 11,000-acre ranch with rolling rangelands of both improved and native grasses, heavily wooded bottomlands (and some hilltops) and incredible water features. These include 920 surface acres of water associated with the over 40 lakes and ponds, over 1.9 miles of Navasota River frontage, the namesake Gibbons Creek, numerous other creeks, wetlands and related riparian habitat, all benefitting the wildlife that inhabits the ranch permanently or as part of annual migrations.
Location & Habitat
The ranch is located ten miles southeast of College Station in Grimes County. Kyle Field is clearly visible from high points on the ranch.
Approximately 5,700 acres of the property are rolling, reclaimed grasslands, including areas of native and improved grasses. A minimum of four feet of select soil was distributed over this area, and the forage is strong, as indicated by the current stocking of approximately 2,000 head of cattle grazing the property. Punctuating these grasslands are approximately 920 surface acres of lakes teeming with fish and wildlife within the property’s borders.
Two primary areas of hardwood bottoms make up the bulk of the remaining acreage. Over 2,000 acres of contiguous, mature, Navasota River hardwood bottoms provide excellent habitat for the plentiful white-tailed deer and hogs that populate the ranch. A second contiguous woodlands area over 1,700 acres associated with the Gibbons Creek and Dry Creek watersheds accent the rangelands.
The property has outstanding deer hunting throughout large portions of the property, particularly associated with the thick bottomlands along the Navasota River frontage and along the Gibbons Creek riparian corridor. It has been actively managed for deer through Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Waterfowl hunting on the multitude of lakes, wetlands and smaller ponds is amazing. One of the unique aspects of the property is the amount of waterfowl habitat that exists on the property.
Dove, hogs, alligators as well as predators are very common on the property. The ranch’s diverse ecosystems are home (year-round or during annual migration) to all types of other animals, birds and of course, fish. Bald eagles and osprey are very common on the property.
Few improvements exist on the property beyond excellent all-weather roads, engineered lake dams, low water crossings and new fencing.
Lakes of Gibbons Creek Ranch is so named because of the exceptional amount of surface water covering over 920 acres in over 40 lakes and ponds to be found on the property. The water coverage on this ranch is more than the total acreage of all of Central Park in New York City. The list of lakes includes eight lakes with over 50 surface acres and 11 lakes with 10 acres to 50 acres of surface water. Quite simply, there is a staggering amount of water on this ranch. All of the lakes were stocked with Florida bass and hybrids as well as forage fish such as redear, threadfin shad and coppernose bluegill.
Other water features include almost two miles of frontage on the Navasota River and four miles of Gibbons Creek (most of it on both sides). Plenty of smaller ponds, wetlands and sloughs exist all over the property. No water wells are currently being used on the property; however, groundwater is present in this area from 250 feet to 550 feet deep in the Yegua/Jackson aquifers.
11,000± Acres in Grimes County, Texas
Contact for More Information
888-726-2481 • Info@RepublicRanches.com
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