Charlie Johnson, Larimer County

Larimer County Department of Natural Resources has purchased a 211-acre farm southwest of Berthoud, along with its valuable water rights for $8.4 million. The deal closed Monday, August 8. This property is located one mile southwest of Berthoud, just north of the Little Thompson River and adjacent to U.S. 287 on the highway’s west side.

Larimer County Department of Natural Resources purchased the property, known previously as the Malchow Farm. The County plans to continue leasing the property as an active agricultural farming operation. General public access is not permitted at this time.

Berthoud Played a Part

The Town of Berthoud provided $100,000 to Larimer County to help purchase the farm, which will also help leverage a potential Great Outdoors Colorado funding request being submitted later this month.

Water Rights

The property, infrastructure and minerals were purchased along with the valuable water rights, including 240 units of Colorado-Big Thompson, or C-BT, water, 16 shares of Handy Ditch native water rights and 20 shares in Dry Creek Lateral Ditch.

What's it Called?

The property was purchased from the Malchow family, but an official name for the property, now that it’s a Larimer County open space, will be chosen at a later date. Public tours of the property are planned for later this year.

Charlie Johnson with Larimer County