How Do You Find Homesteading Land in Montana?

The U.S. Federal Government repealed homesteading laws with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, which discontinued homesteading in the United States, although the Bureau of Land Management occasionally offers public land for sale. The University of Montana Library publishes historic homestead maps online through its website.

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management web page offers information about government land available for sale, which includes land in Montana. Interested parties may submit requests to a Bureau of Land Management field office for specific tracts of land to be listed for sale. All property is sold at least at fair market price, meaning no land can be obtained for free by members of the public.

Individuals interested in purchasing federal land in Montana may request to be included on the Land Sales Notices Mailing List by calling the Billings office at 406-329-3733.

Through the online Maureen and Mark Mansfield Library Digital Collections of the University of Montana, users can search historic documents, including a map of Montana free homestead land from 1914. The map marks off numbered plots of homestead land across the state from that period. Individuals can also request historic Montana homestead records through the National Park Service website.