The historic Lakes of Danbury is perhaps the finest private bass fishery in the entire State. For years the property was managed as a private fishing club with hundreds of notable members including many Houston athletes from the Astros and Oilers. It was turned into a private ranch and has been managed as an amazing fishery and duck hunting property for the current owners. This property could remain as a private ranch, but also has tremendous potential to be a viable business property with a great stream of income for the right buyers.
Location: The gate entrance is approximately one mile from the town of Danbury on County Road 602. It is also located about 45 miles from downtown Houston.
Habitat: Lakes of Danbury is dominated by large fishing lakes and duck hunting ponds. The crown jewel of the property is a 126 acre bass fishing lake historically known to be one of the premier private bass fisheries in the State. There are also four smaller bass fishing lakes that are between 20 acres and 28 acres each. In addition, there are three ponds that have been developed into duck hunting ponds that range from 10 acres to 17 acres. There are also multiple small ponds utilized as fishing ponds and ponds to raise forage to feed to the bass lakes. Surrounding the lakes are stands of Live Oaks, Cypress and Elms.
Wildlife: The bass fishing lakes are all stocked with largemouth bass with Florida strains running throughout the lakes. They are also stocked with copper nose bluegill, redear sunfish and crappie. Each lake is designed and managed to create different fisheries, with some having lots of fish for easy fishing for kids and others being managed for a trophy fishery.
The duck hunting ponds can be managed to dry in the summer to grow grasses that attract ducks and the water levels can be managed. This brings in a myriad of waterfowl in the winter. This area is generally known as excellent duck hunting with multiple duck hunting properties in the area.
Other wildlife includes occasional deer and hogs, good dove hunting, great alligator hunting and lots of amazing water birds including eagles and Ospreys.
Improvements: There is a main lodge centrally located that was built in 2015. It is 6,000 s.f. with two downstairs bedrooms and three bedrooms upstairs. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. There is a large open kitchen combined with the living room with high ceilings and granite top counters. The lodge is fully stocked with furniture and also includes a large mud room, office and great garage attached to the building. Two of the upstairs bedrooms have outdoor patios overlooking the lakes. Not only is this lodge an excellent home place for a family, it was also designed to be an excellent housing place if the property is turned back into a club.
For additional sleeping quarters, there is a 900 s.f. log cabin with two bedrooms and small living area with kitchen. This cabin sits on one of the small fishing lakes designed for kids to be able to fish from shore.
There is also a stand-alone restroom facility, six RV hookups, several pole barns for equipment storage, a covered boat house with six boat slots on main lake, covered fish holding vats, multiple docks and landscaping and water systems.
Equipment: Equipment includes tractors, shredders, tools, riding mowers, boats w/ trolling motors and much more.
Water One of the outstanding features of the Lakes of Danbury are the outstanding riparian water rights for pumping out of Austin Bayou. There are over 622 acre feet of deeded water rights per year, and there are two newly designed pump stations with diesel pumps set up to accomplish this. It is virtually impossible to gain these type of water rights in Texas anymore and they are very valuable.
Austin Bayou is the eastern boundary of the property, and there is over 1.5 miles of frontage on the bayou. This bayou runs year-round and runs into Bastrop Bay downstream from Lakes of Danbury.
There is a new water well for the lodge and entertainment areas centrally located between the lakes.
Electricity: Electricity is found throughout the property, including access to the fishing lakes to allow for keeping trolling motors charged.
Minerals: None available and there is no production.
Other: There are few recreational properties that have the potential for income that can compare to the Lakes of Danbury. The vaunted name still carries a real cachet in the sporting world around the country, and the right buyer can take advantage of its historic potential.
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