Geospatial Data

Geospatial Services

Land management within the US Forest Service and on the 1,000,000+ acre Ottawa National Forest (NF) is driven by a wide mix of resource and societal demands that prove a challenge in fulfilling the Forest Service’s mission of “Caring for the Land and Serving the People.” Programmatically, the 2006 Land and Resource Management Plan guide natural resource management activities on lands administered by the Ottawa National Forest.

The Forest Plan describes management direction and practices, resource protection methods and monitoring, desired resource conditions, and the availability and suitability of lands for resource management. Technology enables staff to address these land management issues and Forest Plan direction by using a science-based approach to facilitate effective decisions. Ottawa NF geospatial services, using enabling-technologies, incorporate key tools such as Environmental Systems Research Institute’s ArcGIS desktop suite and Trimble’s global positioning system (GPS) units to meet program and Forest needs.

Geospatial Datasets

The Forest has a broad set of geospatial datasets that capture geographic features across the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan's landscape. Many of these datasets are available to the public through our download site.

To access the Online tool for selecting and downloading FS spatial data from the EDW please click here.

Data disclaimer – The USDA Forest Service makes no warranty, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, reliability, completeness or utility of these geospatial data, or for the improper or incorrect use of these geospatial data. These geospatial data and related maps or graphics are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such. The data and maps may not be used to determine title, ownership, legal descriptions or boundaries, legal jurisdiction, or restrictions that may be in place on either public or private land. Natural hazards may or may not be depicted on the data and maps, and land users should exercise due caution. The data are dynamic and may change over time. The user is responsible to verify the limitations of the geospatial data and to use the data accordingly.

Selected GIS datasets that encompass the Ottawa National Forest are available for download by scrolling to the GIS datasets table below. A link to the FGDC compliant metadata is provided for each dataset. All zipped shapefiles, layer packages, and keyhole markup language files are in the following projection:

Universal Transverse Mercator
Zone: 16
Units: Meters
Datum: NAD 1983
Spheroid: GRS 1980

Instructions for downloading and view shapefiles: 

  • Click on the .zip file and save to the desired location on your hard drive. 

  • To view the GIS Shapefile, unzip the file.  You will need software that can display the shapefile.  One option - download the free app from According to their website, the app is compatible with Android, iOS & Windows.    

Instructions for downloading and viewing Google Earth kml files:

  • Click on the .kmz file, save the file to the desired location on your hard drive.  2. To view Google Earth kmz files, download the freeware Google Earth from  Instructions for using Google Earth can be found at their site. 

GIS Datasets for the Ottawa National Forest (ONF)

Category Title (click to view metadata) Dataset - zip/kmz Dataset Description
Land Administrative Boundary html kmz (21 KB)
zip (38 KB)
Boundary encompassing the Ottawa National Forest (ONF).
Land Basic Ownership html zip (538 KB)
kmz (542 KB)
Shows ownership within the ONF Administrative Boundary. (ONF and Non-FS)
Land District Offices pdf kmz (2 KB)
zip (8 KB)
Point locations of all offices on the ONF.
Land PLSS Townships html kmz (90 KB)
zip (148 KB)
Townships within and immediately outside the ONF administrative boundary.
Land PLSS Sections html kmz (572 KB)
zip (859 KB)
Sections within and immediately outside the ONF administrative boundary.
Land Wilderness pdf kmz (24 KB)
zip (47 KB)
Parcels of Forest Service land congressionally designated as wilderness.
Base Map Roads (2019) - All html zip (5.45MB) National Forest System Roads for the ONF w/associated data. Dataset shows roads both open and closed to motorized traffic.
Base Map Trails (2019) - All html zip (3.79MB) This layer contains all trails on the Ottawa NF both motorized and non-motorized. Please use a Motorized Vehicle Use Map to know where you can legally drive a motorized vehicle.
Base Map Trails (2019) - Non-Motorized html zip (1.12MB) This dataset shows hiking trails, portages, ski, bike and horse trails and any other non-motorized trail on the Ottawa NF.
Base Map Roads (2020) - Motorized/MVUM html kmz (1.86MB)
zip (3.82MB)
This dataset shows roads open to motorized vehicles on the Ottawa NF.
Base Map Trails (2020) - Motorized/MVUM html kmz (1.86 MB)
zip (2.25 MB)
This dataset shows trails open to motorized vehicles on the Ottawa NF
Base Map Quadrangle Boundaries pdf kmz (8 KB)
zip (13 KB)
Boundary lines of the USGS 7.5 minute quadrangles covering the ONF.
Planning Management Area pdf kmz (1,029 KB)
zip(1,743 KB)
Areas of the ONF having a unique emphasis, desired condition, list of suitable uses, and standards and guidelines.
Recreation Recreation Sites pdf kmz (22 KB)
zip (26 KB)
Recreation areas, overlooks, trailheads, campgrounds, offices and other points of interest on the ONF.
Recreation Wilderness Campsites pdf kmz (99 KB)
zip (13 KB)
Campsites found within the wilderness areas on the ONF.
Recreation Waterfalls pdf kmz (3 KB)
zip (8 KB)
Waterfalls found within the ONF.
Recreation Wild and Scenic Rivers pdf kmz (262 KB)
zip (456 KB)
Designated study, recreational, wild, and scenic rivers found within the ONF.
Vegetation Compartment html kmz (3,375 KB)
zip (6,042 KB)
Small subdivisions of forest land for purposes of orientation, administration and/or silvicultural operations.
Vegetation Stands pdf

zip (37.5 MB)
kmz (50.2 MB)

Field sampled vegetation about trees, fuels, down woody material, surface cover and understory by stand on the ONF.