National Wetlands Inventory

National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Wetlands Layer:


Visit the Wetlands Layer index page for more information.

Contact Information:


You can also email the FWS Customer Service Center, or call 1.800.344.WILD (1.800.344.9453).

View Wetlands Data with a Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file

 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 Google Earth*.   

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Please read the Disclaimer, Data Limitations, Exclusions and Precautions, and the Wetlands Geodatabase User Caution.

   Google Earth content menu:
Google Earth menu example
   
 
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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.

Wetlands-Data.kml
(last modified on May 1, 2014)

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 button.

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 Google Earth.
  • 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 on 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
  uses.  There are many situations where Google mapping software can be a useful and productive tool to aid our work. FWS staff should understand
  the appropriate application and use of Google software. Please view this document for more information; or visit this FWS Sharepoint site for more Google
  use information.

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