When fur trapper Lucien Fontenelle wandered up the southwestern Wyoming creek that would soon bear his name in 1828, he was seeking his treasure in the pelts of beaver. Legendary mountain man Jim Bridger trapped here as well, and within a few years, the famed Oregon Trail passed through, taking settlers to the promised land of Oregon Territory. Today, almost two centuries later, the Harrower Ranch on Fontenelle Creek offers treasures of a different variety: 8 meandering miles of trophy trout water, and amazingly productive hay meadows that support a classic cattle operation of 600 cows. Whether your passion is saddling up to follow the herd, scouting a hidden valley for a trophy pronghorn or casting a hopper to a rising brown trout, Harrower Ranch is sure to satisfy your itch to immerse yourself the finest of the West.
Harrower Ranch is located on the west side of Fontenelle Reservoir in southwest Wyoming, and includes approximately 5,100 deeded acres of land and over 200,000 acres of leased BLM and state lands in one sprawling package. The heart of the ranch is a long stretch of meadows along Fontenelle Creek, at about 6800 feet, which includes around 700 irrigated acres that grows high with hay each summer.