Lifewater Ranch wins an Award!

LWR Award

The Kooskia Award Program just awarded Lifewater Ranch as best in the hotel category for Kooskia!  Now Kooskia is a small town and so maybe this doesn’t mean much but we can now call ourselves…

An award winning place to stay!

Here’s a link (just to show its real) to the award’s press release which is reproduced below:


Lifewater Ranch Receives 2019 Best of Kooskia Award

Kooskia Award Program Honors the Achievement

KOOSKIA October 6, 2019 — Lifewater Ranch has been selected for the 2019 Best of Kooskia Award in the Hotel category by the Kooskia Award Program.

Each year, the Kooskia Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Kooskia area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Kooskia Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Kooskia Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Kooskia Award Program

The Kooskia Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Kooskia area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Kooskia Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Kooskia Award Program

Kooskia Award Program


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Our Open House

About a month ago I issued a press release that got printed in the local paper about what Lifewater Ranch is and announced an open house.

2019-07-25 Clearwater Progress

Well the Open House went well.  We had almost a constant trickle of  visitors stop by and ask about us and many toured the house and areas around the house.  I didn’t take pictures myself so there aren’t many to share.  By late afternoon I had some friends visit that wanted to play chess on our floating chess board in the hot tub.  One of our visitors took some pix so those are what I have:

One particular visitor from Montana was very interested in the unique features of Lifewater Ranch and wants to help me with developing this place into more of the amazing potential it has.  She was especially piqued by my idea of a 1000 hole disc golf course.

It’s hard to describe how perfect this place is for families or other groups to really escape the city and the rush of modern life yet retain amenities of high class hotels.  It is a place you can spend some time getting to and then just unpack and chill with a feeling of being right at home yet away from everything that says STRESS.

One could try to make cabins and maximize rent income on this place, which is a possibility, but I think keeping it more for one group at a time to enjoy fully is a better model.  I’m going for quality over quantity.

If you’ve never checked out Lifewater Ranch in person, you simply have to.  There is no amount of pictures or text that can do it justice.

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It’s now a little easier to find us in the middle of nowhere.


A sign helps.  So we changed the name of our driveway from Woodchuck Spur to Lifewater Lane – should be EASY now to find, located near the top of Cedar Creek Road which used to be known as Clear Creek Cutoff Road.

See you soon!!!

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Friends visit Lifewater Ranch


Some good longtime friends graced Lifewater Ranch today.  We had a great time catching up and they enjoyed my amenities immensely.

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Our new pool liner is in!!!

With several delays we finally have our new liner in and it is beautiful!


To celebrate our new pool we will have a free open house on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 from 9am to 9pm.  Come and check out our place, enjoy the pool and hot-tub.  Check out our horse-shoe courses and our disc golf run.  Tour the house and our 160 acres full of creeks, springs and ponds and book your next stay if you like while you’re here.

Lifewater Ranch is the vision of Sanford Staab, an ex-Microsoft employee, also known as The Chess Guy, who has a vision to share his own home with others.  This remote yet posh estate is ideal for family reunions, corporate retreats, campers, fishermen, hunters and for those who just need a break from the city.

We offer reasonable rates and flexible options for small groups to enjoy a vacation rental, corporate event venue, B&B, RV or camping retreat as so desired.

See our new sign located at the end of the Kooskia bridge where Highway 12 and 13 intersect.


Book now for next year or next week and enjoy some of the highest quality amenities in the area at an affordable price.  See our website at or our facebook page at

The vision is to bring in money from outside of our area and pay local talent such as gardeners, chefs, herbalists, lumber jacks, cleaning services, event coordinators and marketing experts, as demand will support, to enliven our economy and attract people to visit our area.

Kooskia and its surroundings are absolutely beautiful.  We can see the growth in places like Boise and McCall but our area needs economic stimulus to thrive as well.  Lifewater Ranch is just a tiny enterprise to help us all prosper, share what we have with the world, and enjoy life better.

Come to our open house and experience one way life can be enjoyed to its fullest.

You can also contact us at


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Newslatter #8

Lots is happening at Lifewater Ranch.  We almost have out new pool liner, but not yet so not post to show how it looks yet … any day now!

So here are our posts since our last newsletter:

DSC_4035  They Seek for a Sign

The herd is now 5 strong A new arrival at Lifewater Ranch

TP Flooded Highwater at Lifewater Ranch

DSC_3931 Our first flowers of the season!

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We want to let people know that bots are using them so they can change their email address or investigate how this is happening.

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We only send our our newsletter a few times a year.

Check out our calendar and pick a date to reserve.

Our rates are especially attractive for large groups and week-long stays.

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They Seek for a Sign


To make our place a little more well known I decided it was time to put a sign up on the highway.  I have hesitated due to business license issues and found out that people outside the city limits in Idaho County do not need business licenses to do what I am doing and so advertising openly seem less scary to me.

I found a great place on the highway near the first Kooskia bridge and found that Nezperce Indians own the land which exempts it from all kinds of regulations you would normally have to meet.

I took my first large piece of cedar we harvested and milled from my property as the base for the sign and carved it out with my router and painted the letters white. That board used to be in our living-room on display for guests which I would occasionally use to raise my feet.  I plan to add attached signs in various colors to call out our many features.

This should help us fill in this summer with guests and help cash-flow here at the ranch.

It’s a little scary to open up this business to a wider and more spontaneous audience but I am excited at the prospects.

The goal isn’t just to make money for myself but to bring in cash from outside the area to support people here.  With sufficient cash flow I can hire cleanup crews, yard crews, cooks, herbalists, hunting guides, fishing guides, masseuse’s and other local talent to make people’s stay here even better and provide income for many people in the area.

This area is paradise yet is economically depressed.  Hopefully Lifewater Ranch can be a small solution to this problem.


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A new arrival at Lifewater Ranch

The herd is now 5 strong

As I was preparing breakfast this morning I discovered a new little one!  A surprise indeed as it had appeared that our only cow had a miscarriage several months ago but NO!.  I don’t yet know if it is a he or a she – more info will be coming.

Praise God for such a blessing!  This is such great timing too as we have guests arriving in July that will be able to enjoy watching this little one grow and scamper!

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Highwater at Lifewater Ranch

The whole Kooskia area has been flooded this last week.  People say they haven’t seen this much water in 28 years!  I am happy to report that it looks like Lifewater Ranch got through it intact – Praise God!

Here are some fun pix of the water on our property over the past few days.

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Our first flowers of the season!

At Lifewater Ranch, April Showers bring…. April Flowers!


We still have a lot of rain but some days are spectacular and the flowers are coming up fast!  This is a magical time to be at Lifewater Ranch – life is springing fourth before your very eyes!  Consider doing a trial visit – you can rent a single room overnight for just $70/person and get to know the place at very little cost.  A nice (we’re talkin NICE dude!) breakfast is on us.  See our Reservations\Rates page for details.

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