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Minnesota and Twin Cities Online Mapping Tools

Most of the online mapping tools below are provided by local and state government agencies.

NORTHSTAR MAPPER

Optional map layers include place names, roads, boundaries (city, county, township and range, senate, congressional, etc.), parks & forests, lakes & rivers, watersheds, land cover, shaded elevation, USGS topographic maps and aerial imagery (state-wide and metro-specific). Includes option to print or to download GIS data.

MINNESOTA DNR: LANDVIEW

Optional map layers include canoe routes, state trails, parks, forests, wildlife refuges, roads, water, Lake Superior Coastal Management photos and aerial imagery (including historic imagery from the 1930s and 1940s for most counties). Aerial imagery can be saved to your computer. Includes option to download displayed map as a PNG image file. Click here for instructions on using Landview

METROGIS DATAFINDER CAFÉ

Optional map layer categories include administrative and political boundaries, planning and development, demographics, business and economics, social justice and emergency services, recreation and tourism, agriculture and farming, biology and ecology, environmental monitoring and modeling, water resources, geology and geophysics, elevation, land cover, aerial imagery, buildings and structures, transportation, utilities and communication. Includes option to export map as a PDF.

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL: MAKE-A-MAP

Optional map layer categories include aerial imagery, community planning, natural resources, population, housing, employment, transit, transportation planning and water supply planning. Includes option to export map as a PDF.

RAMSEY COUNTY ONLINE MAPS & DATA

Base map options include current & historic aerial imagery, land use, glacial geology, wetlands, parks, soils, watersheds, flood zones, school districts and zip codes. Optional map layers include bridges, depth to groundwater, highways, MnDOT traffic cameras, parcel data, schools, building footprints, railroads and block-level demographics. Includes option to export map as a PDF.

HENNEPIN COUNTY PROPERTY MAP

Optional map layers include parcel information (ownership, lot dimensions, tax information, etc.), recent aerial imagery and oblique aerial imagery. Includes option to print map.

CITY OF ST. PAUL ONLINE MAPPING

Optional map layers include plat (property) lines, building footprints, streets and aerial imagery (historic and recent).

GOOGLE MAPS: STREET VIEW

Type in the address you wish to view and hit enter, then click the picture in the bubble that pops up on the map. Street View coverage available for Twin Cities metro area, St. Cloud and surrounding area, Duluth and surrounding area and the north shore of Lake Superior.

MICROSOFT LIVE MAPS: BIRD'S EYE VIEW

Type in the address you wish to view and hit enter, then click the "bird's eye" link in the in the menu bar at the top of the map. Street View coverage available for Twin Cities metro area, St. Cloud and surrounding area, Duluth and surrounding area and the north shore of Lake Superior.