Painted Rocks State Park, located in southwest Montana, received its name due to the green, yellow, and orange lichens that grow over the rock walls of the cliffs that border the park. The Painted Rocks Reservoir services agricultural and domestic purposes, providing water for irrigation as well as recreational boating.

The Montana DNRC selected DJ&A to complete boundary and easement retracement survey for reservoir boundary encompassing the Painted Rocks Reservoir located in the Bitterroot Mountains, part of the rugged Rocky Mountain chain. The survey area was difficult to access and located on steep terrain surrounding the reservoir on both sides. DJ&A was responsible for completion of surveying to monument and reestablish DRNC’s property boundary, right-of-ways, and easements, and created a detailed property site map. This work was completed on public and adjacent to private land and involved coordination with private landowners for access. DJ&A also prepared and filed a retracement Certificate of Survey with Ravalli County.

Key Services

  • Obtained title commitment report containing nine parcels
  • Provided monumentation for and reestablished DNRC property boundary, right of way, and easements based on Montana State Plane Coordinate System
  • Established contact with and secured permissions from 6 adjacent landowners
  • Furnished and installed caps for monumentation
  • Recorded and filed a Certificate of Survey of the sections surveyed with the Ravalli County Courthouse

Value Added

This project demonstrates DJ&A’s ability to provide cost-effective services on rural and remote project sites. Based on a competitive selection process, partly based on proposed budget, DJ&A was selected from among 16 competing firms to complete this project.