“It’s surrounded by millions of acres of protected land,” says Latham Jenkins, the listing agent with Live Water Jackson Hole.
In fact, at 2.36 million acres, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area is the largest contiguous federally managed wilderness outside of Alaska.
The property was even featured on the Discovery Channel’s “River of No Return” in 2019, documenting the area’s remoteness and beauty.
And here’s the catch: You can access the property—with an asking price of $6,750,000—only by boat or float plane. The property comes with a landing strip.
The weekly mail service comes on Wednesdays, says Jenkins. “It’s the last U.S. airmail route in the Lower 48.”
But if you like to fish, you likely won’t be too concerned about the lack of outside communication.
Located along the main section of the Salmon River, the place is a popular spot for steelhead and smallmouth bass, and requires permits to access.
The Central Idaho property referred to as Mackay Bar Ranch has operated as a guest ranch and event venue for the past 10 years. But it’s also set up for use as a family retreat.
The compound includes a main lodge overlooking Salmon River, three guest cabins, a two-story residential lodge, staff quarters, a barn, pantry, and power building. It all adds up to 8,000 square feet of living space. Everything has been renovated within the past seven years, making the property move-in ready.
“It’s most likely going to become a private enclave for a family. It really lends itself to being a very sought-after family retreat. When you’re there, you don’t have outside influences—just shared experiences with those (who) you love. The buyer is most likely someone who loves that sense of adventure in their life,” says Jenkins. “They’re not just going to hop in the car to get a gallon of milk.”
But rest assured the buyer won’t be totally alone in the wilderness. There are about 20 houses in this area. “You become part of the ‘river-hood,’ which creates a social network for you,” says Jenkins.
Furnishings and fixtures are included in the sale, and that’s especially helpful if the buyer plans to continue operating it as a guest ranch.
The property was founded in the early 1900s by William Mackay and has operated as a guest ranch since 1956.
“It’s a very, very rare property,” says Jenkins. “We’ve had a phenomenal amount of interest because of these unique attributes.”
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