Blue Earth Watershed Mapper Help

Basic operation

This web mapper allows you to create customized maps based on DNR data layers that you select. Choose from public lands, water bodies, roads, aerial photos, and more.

 

Step 1 - Select the layers for your map

  • In the legend, click the box(es) to select the layer(s) you would like to view

Note: Grayed out layers become visible as you zoom in.


Step 2 - Select the layers for your map

  • Make the layers draw by clicking on the map refresh button Refresh icon

Step 3 - Select an area 

  • Click on the Zoom-In icon zoom-in button to select
  • Move your curser to the area of the state that you want to view
  • Click on the map to view the area

Place searches

Use the Place input box to quickly display a specific location:

  • By name: Enter the name or partial name of a of a point of interest (i.e., lake, city, WMA)
  • By type: Select one of the options from the drop-down menu to narrow your search (e.g., name = Turtle / type = lake)
  • By public land survey (PLS): Enter the township, range and, optionally, the section you'd like to display - format is TxxxRxxSx (e.g., T137R44 or T137R44S5)
  • By coordinate: Enter an x y pair, separated by a space - supported coordinate types are UTM (zone 15, nad83) and lon/lat

After you have entered your information, click on the go button button. If your search terms match only one item exactly, the map will automatically zoom to that place. Otherwise, a small popup window will show you matches and you can zoom to a place by clicking on a name.

A place search will return up to 1000 matching results.


For more information

  1. Complete the basic operation steps above
  2. Click on the information icon Information icon
  3. Click a point of iterest on the map to get detailed information
    Note: Not all areas of the map link to more information

Icon Key

Reset icon

Reset Landview to the starting point

Zoom in icon

Zoom in on a specific area of the map

Reposition icon

Reposition the mapping area

Zoom out icon

Zoom out to a larger map area

Refresh icon

Refresh the map to include new layer choices

Information icon

Get information about specific points of interest
Note: not all sections of the map have information


Tips

  • Click and drag to zoom to a specific area
  • Click on the small reference map (lower right) to recenter the map at that point
  • Place by name search tips:
    • Put a ^ before a search term to ensure that it occurs at the beginning of a name (e.g., "^paul" will find Paul and exclude Saint Paul)
    • Put a $ after a search term to ensure that it occurs at the end of a name (e.g., "paul$" will find Saint Paul and exclude Pauline)
    • Put a ^ before and a $ after the search term for an exact match (e.g., "^Saint Paul$" will find Saint Paul only)
  • To get a list of all matches for a given type set the type without a search term (e.g. city will return a link to all cities on the map)
  • Use the download map link (above the legend) to download a high quality version of your map

About the Data

The web mapper is based on DNR core GIS (Geographic Information System) data holdings.

Visit the "data info" link for information about program or project specific data layers.

Credits

This web map was developed by the Minnesota DNR using the University of Minnesota MapServer software. Questions and comments are welcomed.