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U.S. Water Body and
Wetland GIS Shapefiles
Based on USGS Data

These ArcGIS shapefiles work with the free ArcExplorer GIS viewer, ArcView GIS, ArcGIS, Maptitude, Mapinfo, Manifold, TatukGIS and many other commercial GIS and mapping programs and many free GIS programs as well and they're much less costly than most others. Use our free Learn2Map GIS Tutorial and Atlas to add streets, highways, census information and much more to your maps for free. We have included free national level base maps with each map archive listed below. Also, check our free GIS software and free GIS ArcGIS shapefiles pages for more information and free ArcGIS shapefiles. If you are new to GIS, check out our free Learn2Map GIS Tutorial and Atlas.

Shapefile Description

These shapefiles are derived from the USGS and National Hydrography Dataset. The map scale is 1:1,000,000 providing a high degree of detail. They are available for all 50 states and Puerto Rico by region. Each region is $47. The included readme.txt file describes the contents of the shapefiles.

The One Million-Scale Waterbodies and Wetlands map layer shows the major lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands (swamps and marshes) of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that can be represented at a map scale of 1:1,000,000 (1 inch on a map at that scale equals about 15.8 miles on the land surface). If you download this map layer, you will also want to download One Million-Scale Streams as of 2012 to complete the network of surface waters.

The data fields in the image to the left are explained in the metadata. A link to current metadata is included with each shapefile.

Immediate Download

Each regional shapefile map layer is $47. Click next to the shapefile you wish and you will have immediate access to it using our secure merchant account provider, ClickBank/Keynetics or PayPal, whichever you prefer.

Region 1 - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont - Download Now.

Region 2 - New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico - Download Now.

Region 3 - Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia - Download Now.

Region 4 - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee - Download Now.

Region 5 - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin - Download Now.

Region 6 - Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas - Download Now.

Region 7 - Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska - Download Now.

Region 8 - Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming - Download Now.

Region 9 - Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada - Download Now.

Region 10 - Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington - Download Now.

A Note About How Your GIS Maps Will Look

The image on this page is an example of how these shapefiles may look when loaded into a GIS program. Your GIS maps may not look exactly like this. Each GIS program is different. Shapefiles themselves are a collection of points, lines or polygons. They have no attributes. It is up to you, the user, to define colors, line width, symbols and other attributes within the limits and capabilities of the GIS programs you are using.

Copyright and Use of Shapefiles

The shapefiles on this page are copyrighted as follows. Copyright © 2017 Michael R. Meuser, All Rights Reserved. You may use these shapefiles in any GIS project or to make maps. You may not create copies of the shapefiles for the use of others whether for personal or commercial use. You may not resell the shapefiles. If you require multiple copies of the same shapefile, please contact Mike at [email protected]. Thank You.

About Quality, Accuracy and Suitability

The geodata and shapefiles found at may come from a variety of government, non-governmental and self-reporting private sources. While we try to assure the accuracy of this material, we cannot promise that it is absolutely accurate. We do promise that using the map layer will be fun, entertaining or educational - possibly even frustrating. Beyond this, we make no guarantee as to its suitability for any purpose. We assume no liability or responsibility for errors or inaccuracies. Please understand that you download and use these map layers and data at your own risk.

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