Township Range on Google Maps

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randymajors.com Township Range on Google Maps tool, v 1.03 ©2019 Randy Majors

This free tool shows Township, Range and Section lines on Google Maps. Search the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) by address, place or reverse find by land parcel description. Show all township, range, section, quarter section and quarter quarter section lines anywhere in the U.S. all overlaid on a fully interactive Google Map.

QUICK TIPS FOR USING THIS TOOL:
  1. In the "Search places" box above the map, type an address, place, etc. and choose the one you want from the auto-complete list*
    OR: Click the map to see the Section, Township and Range for where you clicked or just type another place name or address
    OR: Use the "Find parcel" tool on the left side of the map to search for a known Section, Township and Range, for example from a land deed.***
    Township, Range and Section lines will draw, as well as quarter and quarter quarter sections if you are zoomed in enough. The Township, Range, Section, Principal Meridian and Longitude/Latitude will be displayed at the bottom of the map.**
  2. NEW! Click the "⊕ Locate" button in the upper right corner of the map to use your current location †
  3. NEW! Also show quarter sections by checking the box in the lower left corner of the map
  4. Share this tool using the social sharing buttons at the bottom of the page. Subscribe to this blog at right to stay abreast of updates and tips.
* You can also type in GPS coordinates in decimal degrees into the Search places box. For example, type -105.25, 40 for Boulder, Colorado.
** All information is reported based on the location of the red dot on the maps; to move the red dot, click the map
The "Locate" button will be more accurate on smartphones and other devices containing a GPS; desktop browsers typically show an approximate location


How do you see Google Maps with township, range and section boundaries? Just follow the quick steps above to see them all displayed on a fully-interactive Google Map.
Answer questions such as:
- What Section, Township and Range is this address in?
- What Quarter Section, Section, Township and Range is this spot on the map in?
- Where is this land parcel description located?***

Why was this tool created? Many people have requested to be able to search by section, township and range, and be able to see them displayed on top of Google Maps.

Looking to show County Lines on Google Maps? Here it is: County Lines on Google Maps.

COVERAGE NOTES:
- Township, Range and Section lines are part of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS), the most complete source being the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
- As this is a first verion of this tool, there will almost certainly be some obscure land descriptions that the tool will not find.

OTHER NOTES:
- The "Search places" box uses a standard Google Maps geocoding engine, therefore you can type street addresses, road names, points of interest, and GPS coordinates (see * above) to see what county that location is part of.
- The map layers from which this information is extracted are very large, so it may take several seconds for all of the map layers to finish drawing
- Because the map layers are large, quarter sections, then sections, then townships will not be shown as you progressively zoom out
- Avoid using the zoom in/zoom out buttons or panning the map repeatedly, as it will cause the queries to fire repeatedly and may produce erratic results. A better way to go to a new location is to single-click the map at a nearby location, or type a new location at the top of the map. Note that typing an address will zoom in the map very close, whereas typing a city or county by itself will show you a map with a wider view.
- You can expand the map window by clicking the "expand" button in the upper right; once expanded, click "reset" to reset the map window to its original size
- *** Disclaimer: While the number of decimals in the longitude and latitude displayed for the red dot imply a positional accuracy of within a few feet, note that Google Maps is not inherently that accurate. This tool should not be used for legal purposes or anything beyond entertainment value. Important BLM disclaimer.

SOURCE:
- US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 21 Mar 2019

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