Featured on the cover of this spring’s issue of Texas LAND magazine, 17,132-acre Rancho Agua Grande is one of the largest live water ranches for sale in Texas.
Year-round Live Oak Creek, fed by more than 30 springs, bisects the ranch from north to south for about seven miles. The line between Uvalde and Kinney counties is on a similar north-south axis.
The shady pecan bottom along the creek stands in contrast to the rugged hills and deep canyons that characterize the transitional landscape. The ranch is home to Boiling Mountain, the highest peak in Uvalde County, and Salmon Peak, the highest point in Kinney County.
Because three eco regions converge on the Rancho Agua Grande, the vegetation is diverse, ranging from pinon pines to live oaks and mesquites, huisache, guajillo and black brush. Its a feast for human eyes and a natural buffet for wildlife.
Because both banks of Live Oak Creek are within the ranch’s borders, the access is completely controlled and completely private. The only tubers, kayakers or anglers enjoying the crystalline, rock-bottomed stream will be those you invite.
The creek’s flow is slowed and pooled by 10 dams strategically placed along its route. Numerous lakes, some large enough to jet ski on, dot the landscape. Catfish, bass and bream swim in the clear water. The groundwater is as plentiful as the surface water, and there are many water wells distributed over the ranch.
In an arid climate, water has long been the land’s most highly valued asset. Native Americans relied on the life-giving water as evidenced by the numerous undisturbed Indian mounds and middens located in close proximity to the creek. Lumbering dinosaurs pressed tracks into once soft mud that hardened protecting the imprint from the ravages of time. The limestone hills are pocked by caves, including some that cut deeply beneath the earth and invite exploration.
Live Oak Creek is a calling card for the ranch’s native and exotic wildlife
They gather to drink and loaf under the trees, making it easy to view some of the more than 40 species of game from around the globe that roam the property. It’s possible to see kangaroos, camels, zebras, gemsbok, sable, water buffalo, white bison, Iranian red sheep, scimitar-ahorned oryx and water bucks, just to name a few, in a single afternoon. Whitetails, turkey, dove and a limited population of quail are native to the ranch. More than 50 miles of high fence encircle the perimeter keeping the desirable managed wildlife inside and the free-ranging game out.
With the rich, abundant diversity of wildlife, it’s no wonder that Rancho Agua Grande is considered one of the nation’s premier hunting destinations. Currently, it’s run as an exclusive commercial hunting operation, and as such has served as the backdrop for numerous high-profile hunting shows. The ranch is managed under an MLDP Level 3 permit and features 30+ feeders and hunting blinds located to make the most of the extended season.
After a long day of adventures, the 6,000-square-foot lodge is the perfect place to relax
With a capacity of 250 people, the lodge is also an ideal site for events such weddings, meetings or reunions. An additional 2,300 square feet of covered porches accommodate an even larger party.
The lodge’s expansive main room is bookended by massive fireplaces that stretch from the floor to the vaulted log ceiling that soars 34 feet above. A game loft features a pool table, darts, poker and Big Buck Hunter, a popular arcade game.
Guests will enjoy their stays in one of the eight antique cabins dating to the mid-19th century. These cabins were transplanted from the mountains of Kentucky where pioneering families called them home. The cabins have been restored and updated so they meet the most discriminating standards for modern convenience and rustic elegance. Most include a Jacuzzi tub, a kitchenette and a spacious living room and can sleep three to six guests depending on the cabin’s size and arrangement.
Other residences include the manager’s house and the cooler house, both of which are three-bedroom, one-bath cabins.
Numerous equipment sheds, storage buildings as well as a meat processing room with a walk-in cooler round out the ranch’s infrastructure. A blacktop road runs from the main entrance to the main compound. Access is ensured by a permanent easement.
For those who prefer the convenience of air travel, Rancho Agua Grande has a 5,800’x70’ instrument marked, painted and lighted runway that is completely surrounded by a high fence ensuring that the airstrip is always clear. Jet fuel is available in Uvalde, which is 25 minutes
away by car.
It’s ideally suited for a commercial hunting destination, a corporate retreat, an events center or an enviable private ranch open only to family and friends. Within its fences, everything is possible.
The ranch is available for $100 million.
To see the unique splendor and unlimited potential of the Rancho Agua Grande for yourself, contact Howard W. Hood, (830) 739-3815.