Hughes Lake Ranch
Overview: Hughes Lake Ranch is a highly improved, 425.29 acre, hunting, fishing and recreational ranch located approximately 58 miles northeast of Dallas, TX. The ranch is very secluded and is truly an outdoorsman's paradise. Highlights of the high fenced Hughes Lake Ranch include a fully stocked private lake that spans 38.5+/-acres and a custom log cabin nestled underneath ancient hardwood trees.
Hughes Lake Ranch is located between the towns of Lone Oak and Miller Grove in the extreme SW corner of Hopkins County. The ranch has been extensively managed for whitetail and axis deer and is currently under the state's MLDP 3 program for whitetail deer. A recent game survey concludes there are approximately 60 whitetail deer and 50 axis deer located within Hughes Lake Ranch. It is estimated that both the whitetail herd and axis herd have approximately a 1:1 ratio of buck to doe. In all, over 3.95 miles of High Game Fence (perimeter and interior) have been installed. In addition to the natural forage present on the ranch, seasonal food plots are strategically placed and grown throughout. The whitetail and axis deer herd also have several protein feeders available to them that are stocked year-round.
The ranch also includes "Hughes Lake" an impressive 38.5+/- acre soil conservation lake. The bass and crappie fishing on this lake are truly remarkable. To round out the hunting, in addition to a few spots on the shorelines and upper reaches of the 38.5+/- acre lake, Hughes Lake Ranch also has several sloughs and shallow ponds that make perfect waterfowl hunting/habitat for during duck season.
Hughes Lake Ranch also boasts two separate residences. The charming log cabin is nicely complimented by a recently remodeled cabin that overlooks a 1.5+/- acre lake. The two residences allow buyers great flexibility. It grants options to utilize both cabins as main residences, one as a guest house, hunters' cabin and/or a place for the kids or grand kids. The ranch's seclusion, hunting/fishing opportunities, improvements and proximity to Dallas make this an outstanding acquisition opportunity that does not come available very often.
Location: Hughes Lake Ranch is located approximately 58 miles northeast of I-635E in Dallas, between the towns of Lone Oak and Miller Grove, in the extreme SW corner of Hopkins County.
Directions: From Dallas, take I-30 E to Greenville to US-69 S. Go approximately 12.85 miles to Lone Oak, turn left at FM 1567. Go approximately 4.91 miles to turn left at CR 3221. After .57 miles stay right to turn on CR 3221. Then travel .42 miles to take a right onto CR 3222. The entrance road (which is a recorded easement) is located behind a locked gate off of CR 3222.
Surface Water/Fishing: Hughes Lake Ranch boasts numerous bodies of water; however, the highlight of the ranch is the 38.5+/- acre soil conservation lake, Hughes Lake. Hughes Creek enters the property at the NW corner and feeds the main 38.5+/- acre lake. The water released from the dam exits the property through the eastern portion of the ranch. An emergency spill way is also in place that encompasses approximately 4.2+/- acres. The spillway and dam area are maintained through regular mowing and offers scenic views of the lake. The lake has been extensively managed to create a superior fishery. The bass and crappie fishing are truly remarkable. Anglers can fish from multiple points along the shoreline, or by using the newly installed aluminum and trex constructed dock and boat house. The aesthetics of the lake create exceptional, one-of-a-kind views from multiple vantage points.
Behind the main lodge also sits a scenic 1.5+/- acre lake that offers nice views from the lodge's back porch and excellent fishing complimented by a nice fishing dock. Numerous other ponds and sloughs can be found throughout the entirety of the ranch.
Wildlife & Hunting: In previous seasons, hunters have successfully harvested trophy whitetails and axis deer. Whether someone is looking to have their own high-fenced place to hunt with family and friends or a great place to entertain clients or reward employees, one thing is for certain, the hunters will not be disappointed.
The main lake and the many shallow ponds and sloughs make for perfect habitat for wintering waterfowl. While Hughes Lake Ranch is a high-fenced property, the duck hunting is one-of-a-kind. The smartweed in the upper reaches of the lake bring in droves of ducks each year.
Lodge: The two-story lodge is estimated to be ~1,235 SF. It has been recently renovated and consists of 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath. The master suite is located downstairs just off the kitchen, while the additional two bedrooms are located upstairs and can accommodate multiple sleepers. The lodge offers nice amenities and is very comfortable. It can sleep approximately 5-6 people. The views from the back porch look out over the scenic 1.5+/- acre lake. The view off the front porch looks out over one of the ranch's open fields scattered with towering hardwoods.
Log Cabin: The two-story log cabin is estimated to be ~1,008 SF and is fitted with a brand-new metal roof. The stone fireplace nicely compliments the cabin's look and feel. Located approximately 1,600 feet away from the lodge, the cabin is tucked away surrounded by beautiful hardwoods. The cabin has recently had new cabinets and counter tops installed, along with a new tankless water heater. The entire exterior has recently been caulked and stained. The interior of the cabin has been completely stained/painted. The finish outs in the cabin are nicely done, and it is setup to sleep approximately 6 sleepers/hunters or even serve as one of the main residences.
Both the lodge and the log cabin, even though close in proximity (being 1,600 feet), offer ultimate seclusion.
Additional Structural Improvements
High Game Fence: The perimeter and interior high game fence are very well maintained and are constructed of 100% galvanized steel. No expenses have been spared in order to create a preeminent whitetail and axis deer hunting ranch.
Barn/Shop: The covered barn with dual rollup doors is setup on slab, with a lean-to on each side of the barn. The entire covered area is roughly ~3,500 SF. It offers an impressive space for storage for various ranch equipment and serves as a shop for the ranch.
Water Filtration System: A well designed environmentally friendly water capture system has been setup to provide water to the lodge, log cabin and the game cleaning station. The capture system runs through a primary debris filtering process and then feeds two very large holding tanks (5,000 gallons and 2,500 gallons). The holding tanks then send the water through a six-step, finely tuned filtration process before making its way to the pressure tank to create a very purified water source for the ranch. The 60 lb. pressure tank is also setup with an ozone generator which places ozone into the pressure tank.
The owner has recently acquired a 10' X 10" plot of land near the entrance to the county road for the purpose of placing a community water meter to run community water to the ranch. To our knowledge the current water collection system provide ample water to supply the current improvements on the ranch. An old water well is also located near the lodge, but is not currently in use.
Game Cleaning Station: Within close proximity to the barn and lodge, sits a well constructed game cleaning station, complete with running water. This offers hunters and anglers a nice place to clean their game. The game cleaning station also includes a nice sized storage room that would work well for refrigerators and freezers.
Deer Stands/Feeders: Two Tower Deer Stands are to be conveyed with the sale of Hughes Lake Ranch. No expense was spared in the building and erection of these deer stands. It offers multiple hunters with luxurious comfort.
Dock and Boat House: A new aluminum and Trex constructed dock and boat house has recently been installed. The dock has plenty of room for fishing or picnicking. The boat slip makes it easy to jump right into the battery powered pontoon boat and go fishing. The dock has power and lighting.
Home Site: The owners have prepared a ten-acre homesite on the west side of the lake under majestic hardwoods with beautiful views of the lake. It is setup with underground power.
Easement Road Improvement: The ~.92 mile easement road that enters the property's front gate has been recently re-graveled and regraded.
Shooting: A rifle range has been setup near the lodge and offers hunters an opportunity to improve on their marksmanship and site in their rifles for the hunting season.
Easements: The ranch is accessed by two recorded easement roads. Both easements will convey with the sale of Hughes Lake Ranch.
Minerals: Surface Only. There is currently no production on the ranch.
Taxes: Hughes Lake Ranch is currently under a wildlife exemption in Hopkins County. The estimated taxes for 2022 are approximately $5,534.40 per Hopkins County Appraisal District website.
Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC.
Mark Rose, Agent - 214-649-6501
Chance Turner, Agent - 972-765-7326