Township and Range - Public Land Survey System on Google Earth

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This page maps the United States Public Land Survey System onto Google Earth.  Displays townships, sections, and quarter-quarter sections (western states have quarter/quarters mapped, central states do not).  Displays calculated area and corner points.  The data shows the township and range systems.  It does not show individual properties or parcels.

For more information about the land survey, Wikipedia has a good article.  You can read about locating parcels at Earth Point Blog.


In mountainous areas it might be helpful to turn off the terrain layer in Google Earth.  Otherwise, the survey grid can look distorted as it shapes itself to the earth's surface.

Information: BLM Township and Range

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cadastral survey program is responsible for the official boundary surveys for all federal agencies in the U.S. that together manage over 700 million acres. The Public Land Survey System also called the Rectangular Survey System is the foundation for many survey-based land information systems.

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The geographic coordinates and their associated products are NOT legal land survey records. These coordinates can NOT be used as a substitute for a legal land survey. They can be used for record keeping, mapping, graphics and planning purposes only. No warranty is made by the Bureau of Land Management for use of the data for purposes not intended by BLM.