GIS Data Catalog


Welcome to the Dane County GIS Data Catalog

To view information such as metadata, availability to purchase, and what on-line apps it is included in, use the search panel to the right and enter a keyword to filter the catalog or select by category to the left.

Data marked with (Purchase?) can be purchased/acquired by using our on-line Order Wizard.

We have numerious on-line mapping applications that use this data. Each application will be identified in the catalog with a link to view it.

Contact the LIO if you have any questions.

Drainage Districts

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Drainage Districts

Drainage districts are local governmental districts which are organized to drain lands for agricultural or other purposes. Landowners who benefit from drainage must pay assessments to cover the cost of constructing, maintaining, and repairing the district drains.

Municipal Boundaries

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Municipal Boundaries

Dane County municipal boundaries. This dataset is updated and published weekly.

School Districts

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School Districts

School district boundaries for Dane County.

Last Updated: November 2015

Printed copies of this map can purchased by sending an email to the Land Information Office. The cost is $30 and the map size is 3' x 4'.

Supervisory Districts

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Supervisory Districts

Supervisory district boundaries for Dane County.

Last Updated: February 2016

Printed copies of this map can purchased by sending an email to the Land Information Office. The cost is $30 and the map size is 3' x 4'.

Public Land Survey System (PLSS)

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Public Land Survey System

The PLSS consists of five separate layers: Tie Sheet Corners, Sections, ¼ Sections, ¼ ¼ Sections, and Survey Townships. The Tie Sheet Corners layer can only be accessed in the Surveyors Office on-line mapping application. This application allows surveyors to geographically search surveys and tie sheet corners and view their digital files. Surveyors Office is only available to subscription users. Click here for more information.


  • ¼ Sections
  • Purchase?
  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • ¼ ¼ Sections
  • Purchase?
  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • Survey Townships
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • Tie Sheet Corners
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
    • Surveyors Office

Contours

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Contours

The two-foot interval contours were developed from the LiDAR flight flown in the spring and fall of 2009 as part of the Fly Dane 2009-2010 project

The ten-foot interval contours were created in 1995 as part of the Southwestern Wisconsin Seven-County Digital Ortho Consortium project


  • Contours (10ft)
  • Year: 1995
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps

Steep Slopes

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Steep Slopes

Slopes greater than or equal to 12 percent.

Building Footprints

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Building Footprints

Polygon and point layers consisting of structures the size of a single car garage or larger for Dane County excluding structures within the City of Madison. In the City of Madison, building polygons are included for structures the size of a duplex or larger.


  • Points
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps

Soils

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Soils

Hydric Soils are formed under conditions of saturation, flooding or ponding long enough during the growing season to develop anaerobic conditions in the upper part.

Hydrologic Soil Groups are based off of runoff potential.

Soils layer was developed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).


  • Soil Restrictions
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps

Building Site Potential

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Building Site Potential

Soil rating created by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Click on the Metadata link to the right for more info.

Land Evaluation

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Land Evaluation

The Land Evaluation layer rates the soil-based qualities of a site for agricultural use. Click on the Metadata link to the right for more info.

Fire Districts & Stations

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Fire Districts and Stations

Fire districts and fire stations located in Dane County


Aerial Photography

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Aerial Photography

The Fly Dane digital orthophotos are a raster mosaicked data set developed from digital aerial imagery. The digital aerial imagery has been acquired as far back as 1995 and is typically taken every five years with some exceptions. Each year has a different coverage area and resolution but all are obtained during leaf off conditions with little or no snow on the ground.


  • 2010
  • Resolution: 6-inch
  • Type: Color
  • Area: Limited
  • Scale: 1"=100'
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 2010
  • Resolution: 6-inch
  • Type: B&W
  • Area: Limited
  • Scale: 1"=100'
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 2010
  • Resolution: 1-foot
  • Type: B&W
  • Area: County
  • Scale: 1"=200'
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 2005
  • Resolution: 6-inch
  • Type: B&W
  • Area: Limited
  • Scale: 1"=100'
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 2003
  • Resolution: 6-inch
  • Type: B&W
  • Area: Limited
  • Scale: 1"=100'
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 2000
  • Resolution: 6-inch
  • Type: B&W
  • Area: Limited
  • Scale: 1"=100'
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps

EMS Districts & Stations

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EMS Districts and Stations

Emergency Medical Services districts and stations located in Dane County


Law Enforcement Stations & Precincts

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Law Enforcement Stations and Precincts

Law Enforcement stations and precincts located in Dane County


  • Stations
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps

Advanced Life Support Districts

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Advanced Life Support Districts

This dataset is of the Advanced Life Support Districts for Dane County, Wisconsin. The data was developed by the Dane County Land Information Office in conjunction with Dane County 911 and Dane County Emergency Management.

Tax Parcels

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Tax Parcels

Tax Parcels were derived from a variety of source maps including U.S. General Land Office survey plats, deed descriptions, subdivision plats, certified survey maps and right-of-way plats. Condominiums, CSM's, and parcel text layers are subsets of the Tax Parcel layer.

End-of-the-year "historical" parcels have been archived since 2000.

Tax Parcels are updated on a weekly basis.


  • Historical Parcels
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps

Public Lands

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Public Lands

Dane County public lands.

Plat Boundaries

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Plat Boundaries

Plat and Certified Survey Map (CSM) boundary layer.

County Lands

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County Lands

Dane County owned lands by department.

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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps

Zoning

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Zoning

Zoning in the rural areas of Dane County, along with Conditional Use Permits, Deed Restrictions, and Wetland Zoning.


Land Use

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Land Use

Parcel based land use inventory for Dane County.

Land Use is typically updated every five years.


  • 2010
  • Type: Polygon
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 2005
  • Type: Polygon
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  • Metadata
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  • 2005
  • Type: Points
  • Purchase?
  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 2000
  • Type: Polygon
  • Purchase?
  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 2000
  • Type: Points
  • Purchase?
  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 1990
  • Type: Polygon
  • Purchase?
  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • 1990
  • Type: Points
  • Purchase?
  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps

Urban Service Area

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Urban Service Area

Service Areas for the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission areas.

Environmental Corridors

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Environmental Corridors

This dataset displays the location of environmental corridors that limit development. Generally speaking an environmental corridor is protected resource and follows wetland buffers, floodplain boundaries and natural resource protection areas.

Mineral Extraction Sites

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Mineral Extraction Sites

This dataset is a combination of mineral extraction sites for Dane County Wisconsin. This include both active and inactive sites.

Resource Protection Corridors

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Resource Protection Corridors

Resource protection corridors as shown on the Planned Land Use Map, include areas that are not suitable for structural development due to environmental sensitivity or because of the presence of fragile, irreplaceable resources. Resource Protection Corridors apply to areas outside Urban Service Areas as identified in the Dane County Water Quality Plan

Road Centerlines

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Road Centerlines

This layer is a detailed line coverage of the Dane County roadway network containing attributes such as street name and address ranges, and features including public and named private roadways.

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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
    • Included in base-map of all on-line apps.

Railroads

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Railroads

Dane County railroads

  • Purchase?
  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
    • Included in base-map of all on-line apps.

DNR Watershed Boundaries

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DNR Watersheds

This data set is a polygon shapefile representing watersheds as delineated by the Wisconsin DNR. The data are compiled from 1:24,000-scale topographic maps. DNR watershed delineations generally indicate areas that drain into a common river system or lake, but may also be based on DNR basin management criteria. The custodian of this data set is the DNR Bureau of Watershed Management (WT).

DNR Wetlands

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DNR Wetlands

Polygon data respresents wetlands greater than 2 acres.

Floodplain

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Land Use

Floodplain layers in Dane County. Floodplain data may be purchased through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Lakes & Ponds

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Lakes and Ponds

County wide hydrolography dataset that provides a comprehensive 2,400 scale hydrographic dataset of the hydrologic features in Dane County.

Rivers & Streams

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Rivers and Streams

County wide hydrolography dataset that provides a comprehensive 2,400 scale hydrographic dataset of the hydrologic features in Dane County.

Shoreland Wetland Zone

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Shoreland Wetland Zone

Dane County's Shoreland Erosion Control requirements, contained in Chapter 11.05 Dane County Code of Ordinances, are designed to help protect Dane County's lakes, streams, wetlands and quality of life by reducing the negative impacts of sediment, rainfall, melting snow and other water runoff. As part of the Ordinance, Shoreland Erosion Control Permits are required for a land disturbance of any size in the shoreland zone, which includes any of the following areas: - Within 300 feet of the ordinary high-water mark of any navigable water or 1000 feet of a lake or pond. - Within the 100 year floodplain. - Within 75 feet of the shoreland or inland wetland district.

Thermally Sensitive Areas

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Thermally Sensitive Areas

Thermally sensitive areas are areas of land that drain to cold water communities. Cold water community layer includes surface waters capable of supporting a community of cold water fish and other aquatic life, or serving as a spawning area for cold water fish species.

Cold Water Communities

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Cold Water Communities

Cold water community layer includes surface waters capable of supporting a community of cold water fish and other aquatic life, or serving as a spawning area for cold water fish species.

Polling Places

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Polling Places

Location of the designated building to vote in all elections and the district boundaries tied to that location. Our Polling Place application will locate where you vote based on an address or selection on a map.


Bike Routes, Paths, and Facilities

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Bike Facilities, Paths, and Routes

Bike Paths and Trails: Generally crushed stone within rural areas; paved in urban areas. Includes most paths that can accommodate biking, but does not include all pedestrian paths. Bike Facilities: Bike / Pedestrian Overpass or Underpass.


Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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Ice Age Trail

The IceAgeTrailCorridor feature class is a polygon which shows the corridor or area considered a zone of opportunity that is used to focus the efforts of the various partners, volunteers, agencies and organizations working to complete the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The proposed corridor averages one to five miles in width. It is significantly wider than what is actually needed to allow flexibility for routing. The trail will only pass through the property of willing participants.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath entirely within Wisconsin that celebrates the legacy of the Ice Age. Diverse geological features along the Trail rank among the finest examples of continental glaciation anywhere in the world.

No one entity owns all the land through which the Ice Age Trail passes. The Trail passes through a patchwork of lands owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation, county parks, local municipalities and hundreds of generous private landowners.


  • Ice Age Trail
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • Ice Age Trial Corridor
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps

Parks

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Parks

Recreation Parks are land specifically set aside for active and passive recreation uses. Its use is often extensive and intensive. A recreation park serves users who are attracted to outdoor recreation. It may provide facilities that offer a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities or cater to only one predominant activity (special use), or provide a trail corridor that offers continuous, protected and safe routes of outdoor recreation. The Park System includes recreation parks, natural resource ares, wildlife areas, historical or cultural sites, and forest land.

Streambank Easements typically extend 33 feet from the stream bank and allow public fishing and hiking along the corridor. Access is also allowed for ongoing management and maintenance purposes.

Conservation easements primarily preserve open space and special natural resources, many of which are adjacent to Dane County Parks or natural resource areas. The majority of farmland protection easements included in the dataset were funded with USH 12 program dollars that aimed to preserve productive farmland threatened by the widening of Highway 12. All of the easements are, for the most part, on private property and do not allow public access. Some of the easements contain public trail access corridors or fishing access.


  • State Parks
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps
  • Conservation Easements
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  • Metadata
  • On-line Apps