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DNRC Headquarters
1625 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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Water Rights Bureau

River in Sanders County


Who should I contact?

The Water Resources Regional Offices are here to help! Please contact your local office for assistance.

Billings: (406) 247-4415
Bozeman: (406) 586-3136
Glasgow: (406) 228-2561
Havre: (406) 265-5516
Helena: (406) 444-6999
Kalispell: (406) 752-2288
Lewistown: (406) 538-7459
Missoula: (406) 721-4284

For additional assistance, please contact the Water Rights Bureau/Central Office.

Water Rights Bureau/Central Office
1424 9th Avenue
PO Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601

Phone (406) 444-6610
Fax (406) 444-0533

Millie Heffner
Bureau Chief
(406) 444-0581

Jamie Ellis
Program Manager
(406) 444-9754

Jim Ferch
Program Specialist
(406) 752-2735

John Hoeglund
Program Specialist
(406) 444-6614

Martin Balukas
Hearing Examiner/Program Specialist
(406) 444-9755

David Vogler
Hearing Examiner
(406) 444-6835

Jamie Price
Hearings Assistant/Admin. Support
(406) 444-6615


What is a Water Right?

A water right allows you to legally use water in a prescribed manner, but not to own the water itself. Without diversion and beneficial use, there is no water right.  Water rights in Montana are basically broken down into two groups. 

  1. Water rights that were established prior to July 1,1973 are administered by the Adjudication Bureau.
  2. Water rights that were established from July 1, 1973 through the present are administered by the New Appropriations Program.

 

What Does The Water Rights Bureau Do?

The Water Rights Bureau administers the following:

 

Water Right Search

Following are some tools and resources to aid you in your search for water rights information

 

Water Right Application Information

 

Water Right Ownership Updates

 

Water Right Forms