Sylte Ranch sits on 200 acres nestled at the base of Rathdrum Mountain in beautiful Rathdrum, Idaho. The land was purchased from Fredrick Post of Post Falls fame in 1934 after it had been used as a sawmill for many years. Much of the land was cleared by hand using cross saws. The cord wood was delivered to the bank as mortgage payment when money was tight. As land cleared, it converted to cattle use. Today, the ranch consists of both pastured and wooded areas. Cows relax in the shade of pine, cedar, white and red fir. Golden Willows line Rathdrum Creek and heirloom apple trees can be found scattered throughout our pastures.
Rathdrum Creek runs through Sylte Ranch year-round. It enters at the Northwest end of the property and exits at the southwest before continuing into town. It provides habitat to an abundance of water fowl, wild life, and birds of prey. The creek is central to our livelihood on the ranch. It provides drinking water for our cattle and horses as well as irrigation for our fields.
We are invested in the health and future of Rathdrum Creek. We depend on strong, clean water flow from its source, Twin Lakes. We strive to minimize our impact downstream. We maintain our banks and habitat and minimize livestock erosion by fencing out cattle, limiting them to specific watering areas. A healthy creek is essential to a healthy community and environment!
Our property is a sanctuary for an abundance of wildlife. We do not hunt or allow hunting on our property. We regularly host wild turkeys, deer, bald eagles, ducks, geese, moose, coyotes, and all sorts of small critters as well as the occasional camel. View our photo gallery for more!