Selby Ranch

Recreational Haven in Northern California with Excellent Fishing and Hunting

This beautiful 1,812-acre ranch is located in the Gold Country Foothills at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It enjoys end-of-the-road privacy and frontage on the Yuba River empoundment of Englebright Lake.  This land is bordered on three sides by large ranches and bordered the east by Englebright Lake and BLM land.

Low-elevation foothills provide warm winters that produce exceptional grass for livestock. The seclusion and habitat available make it a wildlife paradise with deer, turkey, quail, dove and the occasional availability of wild hogs. This location is enhanced by its location for recreation. Numerous rivers, lakes and streams are in close proximity.  The towns at Grass Valley and Nevada City are close by with a wide range of eating establishments, historical sites and activities. The major ski areas of Northern California are as close as a one-hour drive.

The Selby Ranch is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Marysville and west of Grass Valley. This area is known as Browns Valley. The old historic town site of Timbuctoo is close, as is the small village of Smartville. The ranch is a two-hour drive from the bay area via highway 80 to Sacramento then highway 70 to Marysville and Highway 20 to Browns Valley. This is ranch country bordering the large farming area of the Sacramento Valley.

This is 49er Gold Country; there is a lot of history here.

The University of California foothill field station is on three sides of the ranch; its size buffers the ranch privacy. This facility is well managed and makes a great neighbor. Additionally, notable activities and recreation lie in every direction.

Operation Opportunities
This ranch could be well used as winter cattle operation. The feed available in the November through May season would support 200 cow/calf pairs or 300 stocker cattle.

The Selby Family has retained a small parcel with the ranch house. Power is available into the center of the ranch and would be available for a new home. Several building sites take full advantage of the lake and scenic views. A paved road runs to the center of the ranch from the country road entry. There are two sites with old corrals. One functions quite well with a loading chute and a stock trailer loading area.

A part of the ranch has been irrigated in the past with water from the Browns Valley Irrigator District. The ranch has four legal parcels of approximately 400 acres each.  These parcels may be an asset in estate planning or family distribution. A family could thrive here. Live the western lifestyle and all it offers.  The location provides access close by to some of the best recreation in California.

This property lies in a fishing paradise, starting with the Yuba River and Englebright Lake. The lake frontage afforded offers immediate access to the shore or to launch a boat. The lake is home to rainbow and brown trout, small- and large-mouthed bass, panfish and Kokanee salmon. The trout fishing is augmented by a pen rearing operation that releases large trout up to 10 pounds. Even in drought, the Englebright Lake level remains stable.

The Yuba River tailwaters below the dam is a famous fishery. Salmon and Steelhead come up the Yuba from its confluence with the Feather River near Marysville. The river above the Parks Bar Bridge are closed to fishing while the salmon spawn and is then opened and allows access to Steelhead and Trout. Striped Bass and Shad come up the Yuba as far as the Daquerre Point Dam just a few miles from the ranch.  The American and Truckee Rivers are a short drive. There are several lakes including Collin’s Lake just north of the ranch and Tahoe and Donner a short, reasonable drive.

Excellent hunting includes a large population of deer, turkeys and upland birds and hunting in the Sierras is close. The Sutter Buttes Duck Clubs, some of the most famous in the world, are near Marysville, just a 30-minute drive from the ranch.

Many of the Sierra Ski Areas are as close as an hour. Highway 20 through Grass Valley and Nevada City gives you access in a short time.  The ranch is low and warm, but you can be in the snow very quickly.

“Live the western lifestyle and all it has to offer. Selby ranch offers an opportunity to create an ideal family compound or recreation retreat within close access to some of the best recreation in California. It is a good grass ranch for cattle and wildlife and has numerous building sites with big views with deeded access to Englebright Reservoir.”

Co-listed with Don and Tyler Ricky, Martinez Ranch Management and Real Estate.