In the spring of 2019, with support of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County contracted with Sanborn Map Company to fly and capture aerial imagery of all land within the county (including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness). This imagery is now available for public GIS use via WMTS and WMS links. Three-inch (7 cm) resolution imagery is available along the Lake Superior shore while the rest of the county is photographed at six-inch (15 cm) resolution—all imagery is natural color, leaf-off.
All Lake County (both resolutions represented):
Lake Superior shoreline at 3 inch (7 cm) resolution:
Greater Lake County at 6 inch (15 cm) resolution:
KMZ/KML for Google Earth
This will load the WMS aerial via a KMZ/KML file that you open from Google Earth or other supported viewer; click on a file below to download. Aerial imagery is extremely detailed. Please be patient; depending on your network connection, map scale, and computer, load times may exceed 30 seconds.
Please note: Lake County provides these files as-is and will not provide technical support in relation to use or operation on your local machine. All data is provided under Lake County’s standard GIS disclaimer (available for review below).
Publicly Available GIS Data
The Minnesota Geospatial Commons, provided by State of Minnesota, is a central repository for GIS data available to the public. Lake County houses up-to-date GIS data there; please click on the link below to access:
Minnesota Geospatial Commons
Request GIS Data
To request data, please read and fill out the PDF form linked below:
This request form is for GIS data only!
Do not use this form to request printed maps, general property or ownership information, tax data, recorded documents, or other data products.
Email the completed form to: email@example.com
Alternatively, you may mail the completed form to:
Information Technology Department
601 Third Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Land Ownership Information
If you require land ownership information, public access to these data is provided by the Lake County Auditor’s office and may be accessed at ParcelInfo.com. Please note: Lake County GIS staff does not manage these data or this website, please refer to the contact information on the website for any questions.
By requesting and/or using county-provided maps and/or data, you agree to the following:
Map and/or data is public domain in accordance with Section 466.03, subdivision 21 of Minnesota State Statute.
Map and/or data not appropriate for use in establishment of property boundaries, in property descriptions, or for any legal purposes; not appropriate for navigation; not for use by third parties.
Lake County, MN makes no representation or warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to the use or reuse of the map and/or data provided herewith, regardless of format or the means of transmission. Map and/or data provided “as is”; with no guarantee or representation of accuracy, currency, suitability, performance, merchantability, reliability, or fitness for any particular purpose. Lake County, MN shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, compensatory, or consequential damages or third party claims that result from the use of this map and/or data, even if Lake County, MN has been advised of the possibility of potential loss or damage. This map and/or data may not be used in states that do not allow this exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages.
Lake County provides all GIS data via data transmission (download via link, email attachment, etc.) free of charge. Lake County reserves the right to charge a fee for any request that may need additional staff time or use county resources. Fees, if necessary, will be presented for review before any request is fulfilled.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Lake County’s GIS program