Non-aliquot riparian land remnant by PLSS survey and designated upon an official GLO/BLM Township Plat.
A subdivision of a section, which is normally described by a lot number — for example, lot 5. A government lot may be regular or irregular in shape and its acreage varies from that of regular section subdivisions. Typically government lots are located along meandering bodies of water.
A subpart of a section which is not described as an aliquot part of the section, but which is designated by number, for example, Lot 3. A lot may be regular or irregular in shape, and its acreage may vary from that of regular aliquot parts. These lots frequently border water areas excluded from the PLSS.
With the rectangular survey system, areas smaller than full quarter sections are designated as government lots and are numbered and placed in the fractional sections along the northern and western boundaries of the township. For more information, see the "Surveys and Legal Description" article in the "Real Estate In-Depth" section.
Fractional sections in the rectangular (government) survey system that are less than one quarter-section in area. Areas smaller than full quarter-sections were numbered and designated as government lots by surveyors. These lots can be created by the curvature of the earth; by land bordering or surrounding large bodies of water; or by artificial state borders. An overage or a shortage was corrected.