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General Category => Map Making Support => Topic started by: Lucky Dog on May 03, 2022, 07:00:43 AM

Title: Base Map Source?
Post by: Lucky Dog on May 03, 2022, 07:00:43 AM
Are there any sources for state level base maps to build my custom maps on?

Most maps I see have a base map of the state with roads, lakes, rivers.... Are any of these available for download?
Title: Re: Base Map Source?
Post by: Boyd on May 03, 2022, 07:20:42 AM
Individual states may have their own data available. But you could also use data from OpenStreetMap shapefiles:

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Shapefiles
Title: Re: Base Map Source?
Post by: jolly47roger on May 04, 2022, 03:04:36 AM
There are shapefiles from USGS and USFS for landcover, transport, buildings, hydrography etc
Title: Re: Base Map Source?
Post by: Boyd on May 04, 2022, 03:29:15 AM
Right. You can go to the National Map, zoom in on your area of interest and choose the type of data you want. If you are interested in a specific US state, next to "area of interest", choose "selectable polygon" from the dropdown, then choose "US State of Territory" from the other dropdown. Now you can click the state you want and limit your search to it.

https://apps.nationalmap.gov/downloader/#/
Title: Re: Base Map Source?
Post by: Lucky Dog on May 11, 2022, 05:21:10 AM
Thanks for the information. Lots of stuff for me o look at.