View Wetlands Data with a Keyhole Markup Language (KML)
KML is an XML language focused on geographic
visualization, including annotation of maps and images. KML
files can be viewed with several software programs including
ArcGIS Explorer and
Please read the Disclaimer,
Data Limitations, Exclusions
and Precautions, and the
Geodatabase User Caution.
If using Google Earth, it is
recommended that you always load the file and
open Google Earth by selecting the link below to
ensure that you use the latest version. Please note that Google
Earth version 6.0, or higher, is required to run this file.
If Google Earth fails to launch automatically, the
file can also be used by first launching the Google
Earth application. Save the .kml file to your computer,
then select the menu option File,
Open,, locate the previously downloaded
file (WetlandsData.kml), then click the Open
Tips and other information:
- Click on any Places checkbox to view or hide
the data layer
- If the wetland polygons and labels display
with very low resolution, please try deselecting
the Ocean layer at the lower left section of
- To remove the Wetlands KMZ file from Google
Earth, right-click on the FWS Wetlands &
Riparian folder located under Places (Google
Earth left panel), then select Delete.
Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Digital data available on this site represent
the latest, most accurate information available
from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National
Wetlands Inventory. These data are also available
The National Map.
- Please visit our
Map Creation and Mapper Display page for more
tips and technical information. The data are available
through an OGC compliant
Web Map Service.
* It is extremely important that U.S.
Fish and Wildlife (FWS) employees appropriately use Google
mapping software and understand its limitations and
There are many situations where Google mapping software can
be a useful and productive tool to aid our work. FWS staff
the appropriate application and use of Google software.
view this document for more information;
or visit this
FWS Sharepoint site for more Google