ESCANABA BEND, located northeast of San Saba, is a good combination ranch offering unlimited opportunities for recreation, production as well as several beautiful home sites. The fertile river bottom land supported hundreds of pecan trees at one time until the health of the owner failed and he was unable to care for the trees. Even so, a large number of trees have survived the neglect and severe droughts of recent years. Although currently in disrepair, the elaborate irrigation system using concrete canals and water gates remains. Research is underway to determine the availability of water rights to convey with the land. There is a possibility for as much as 75 acre/feet of water rights. In addition to 2 fenced pecan orchards, there is a large open pasture with good native and improved pasture grasses for excellent grazing. Another part of the ranch is thickly wooded offering cover for deer, turkeys, and other wildlife. Hunting is good. Two small tanks (ponds) supply surface water to cattle and wild life in addition to river water. All weather County Road 146 separates the acreage along the river from the orchards and large pasture. There is almost 2300 feet of frontage on the Colorado River with easy access to water that ranges from shallow on the upper end to a deep hole of water where the irrigation pump was mounted (the pump has been removed and stored) on the lower end. A pasture road meanders along the rivers lower bank which is shaded by huge trees. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, etc. in the river and wonderful camping and picnicking spots are plentiful. Many years ago Native Americans were also fond of camping here as evidenced by concentrated areas of broken mussel shells and flint shards. A huge metal barn has approx. 1,150 sf built on a concrete slab which has been modified to include a rustic kitchen and bathroom facilityprobably built to accommodate cowboys and deer hunters. This area is separated from the more than 6300 sf part of the barn used for equipment storage. A very nice, well thought-out set of cattle working pens built of pipe is located near the barn with water troughs. At least 1 RV hook-up was noticed under the live oak trees. The land has a nice roll that offers elevated views of the surrounding countryside. The old homestead house is gone but the enormous ancient live oak trees still shade the site. Electricity and public water supply are on the property. This is a very nice property and deserves the time it will take to check it out.
Right now, the adjoining 147.83 acres is also available. (See separate description) Together these 2 properties would make a tremendous ranch offering a full range of land types and uses with the river on the north and high wooded hills with 40 mile views on the south, pecan orchards, cultivated fields, strong pastures for grazing, ponds and a private creek shaded by huge trees in between. Call today to see these for yourself!
Travel north on Hwy 16 from San Saba approximately 8.5 miles to CR 144. Turn right (east) on CR 144. Road will have a sharp left turning north, then turn right on CR 146 and follow it. It will be about 1.4 miles from Hwy 16 to a cattle guard in the county road. Property is on either side of CR 146. Signs posted.
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