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Lake and river maps

Fishing Wisconsin

The Department of Natural Resources has maps for some 1,350 individual lakes, ponds, flowages and rivers available for public distribution. We do not have maps for every Wisconsin lake or river.

We are in the process of digitizing these maps. Many (but not all) of these maps are currently available for viewing on our web site. A downloadable copy is also available. Please see our alphabetical listing of Wisconsin lake maps.

Another source of water maps can be found on DNR's Dam Safety Program's web pages. Dams Data is an online interactive map that allows access to the dam inventory in Wisconsin. As an added bonus you can also view aerial photos for a limited number of counties, as well as USGS topographic maps.

Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office

160 Science Hall
550 North Park Street
Madison WI 53706-1491
(608) 262-3065

The Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office (SCO) gathers, maintains and disseminates information about mapping and spatial data collection in the state. The SCO does not conduct mapping, nor does it sell maps. Instead, it provides information about available maps and related data.

You can find a list of government and commercial publishers of water and recreation-related (e.g., fishing maps) on the State Cartographer's Office Web site [exit DNR].

Upper Mississippi River navigation charts

Mississippi River navigation charts are available on the Web site of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [exit DNR].