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Convert PLSS to Latitude and Longitude
by Meridian

Quarter Section Township N/S Range E/W
State   Meridian  
Example: Section 1 Township 1 North Range 1 East Mount Diablo CA


Convert PLSS to Latitude and Longitude
by County

Quarter Section Township N/S Range E/W
State   County  
Example: 35-24S-20E ALLEN KS


Convert Latitude and Longitude to PLSS

GPS Location
LatitudeLongitude
Example: Latitude 37.96197   Longitude -121.81423

 

Latitude Longitude
Degree Minute Second N/S Degree Minute Second E/W
Example: Latitude 37 57' 43" N   Longitude 121 48' 51" W


Coverage

This program converts between any Legal Land Description subdivided by the Public Land Survey System of the United States of America and Latitude and Longitude.

Accuracy

This conversion is based upon a shapefile in which Latitudes and Longitudes are given to the nearest the nearest 'second'.

On the equator at sea level, one longitudinal second measures 30.92 metres or 101.44 feet.

Assuming perfect surveying, no keypunch errors and no programming bugs, the conversion should give results with no more than about 50 feet of error.

The results are calculated to the center of a perfectly square land parcel.

 

Common Names for this System of Land Surveying

  • Legal Land Description
  • Public Land Survey System (PLS) (PLSS)
  • Rectangular Survey System
  • United States Public Land Survey (USPLS)
  • Rectangular System of Surveys
  • U.S. Government Survey
  • Official Government Survey
  • "According to the Government Survey Thereof"
 

30 States Covered
  Alabama
  Alaska
  Arizona
  Arkansas
  California
  Colorado
  Florida
  Idaho
  Illinois
  Indiana
  Iowa
  Kansas
  Louisiana
  Michigan
  Minnesota
  Mississippi
  Missouri
  Montana
  Nebraska
  Nevada
  New Mexico
  North Dakota
  Ohio
  Oklahoma
  Oregon
  South Dakota
  Utah
  Washington
  Wisconsin
  Wyoming
37 Meridians Covered
  Black Hills
  Boise
  Chickasaw
  Choctaw
  Cimarron
  Copper River
  Fairbanks
  Fifth Principal
  First Principal
  Fourth Principal
  Fourth Principal Extended
  Gila and Salt River
  Humboldt
  Huntsville
  Indian
  Kateel River
  Louisiana
  Michigan
  Mount Diablo
  Navaho
  New Mexico Principal
  Principal
  Salt Lake
  San Bernardino
  Second Principal
  Seward
  Sixth Principal
  St. Helena
  St. Stephens
  Tallahassee
  Third Principal
  Uintah
  Umiat
  Ute
  Washington
  Willamette
  Wind River

 

Coverage for Conversion of USA PLSS Legal Land Description to Latitude and Longitude
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