GIS & Map Services Personnel

GIS Specialist, Suzi Smith
(715) 682-7123 ext. 1559
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Interested in Volunteering? Please contact me! We always appreciate your help!

Maps & Links

GIS & Mapping Services was recently involved in working with Bad River Youth Outdoors, to identify, map  and catalog native and invasive plant species and their traditional uses.  Workers also learned how to assess and monitor water quality.
        Map of water quality monitoring sites, by Bad River Youth Outdoors 2017 (URL)
        Online native plant collection, by Bad River Youth Outdoors 2017 (URL)
        -Due to the senstive nature of native plant populations, the project map on iNaturalist has been set to private so that only summer youth workers and leaders can view where species were identified and collected.
Static Maps
Bad River Watershed: Overview of the Bad River Watershed, with boundaries of the Bad River Reservation and Lake Superior
PenokeeOreBody LargeOverview Thumbnail  Bird's Eye View of the Bad River Watershed & Potential Mine: Overview of the Bad River Watershed, with emphasis on the Penokee Range surface water resources.  A profile of the elevation change and geologic bedrock illustrates the drastic differences along a south-to-north transect through the Bad River Watershed.
Interactive Maps
Bad River Reservation Anti-Degradation Tier Web Map:
Tribal planning web maps temporarily unavailable.  Announcement will be made upon restoring accessibility.  Apologies for the inconvenience!
Request Map Access: Maps with sensitive data require secure logins.  Follow this link to contact the GIS Specialist to request access.

Recent article on Wisconsin Land Information Association web site, by Bad River GIS Specialist, on understanding global health impacts of air pollution:



Links to Useful and Interesting GIS Data

Many of these sites provide links to even more data, interactive maps, and learning resources, and are designed for users of varying levels of GIS experience and ability.  If you are looking for a particular type of data, or are unsure how to use any website containing GIS data and/or interactive maps, you are welcome to contact the GIS specialist for assistance.

Federal Datasets

Many of these sites provide links to even more data and resources, and are designed for varying levels of GIS experience.

Government Data Warehouse:


Forest Inventory:

Fish and Wildlife:

NOAA weather:

NOAA Lake Level Viewer:


USGS hydrography:

USGS Real-Time Data:

Bad River Tribe/USGS 2016 Flood Story Map:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes Water Levels:

USDA environmental and natural resources:

EPA monitored sites  Enforcement and Compliance

Census TIGER files:  Data Ferrett:

National Pipeline Data:

Public Land Survey:

National Historical GIS:

State of Wisconsin Datasets



WI State Cartographer's Office:

Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast, from Wisconsin Manure Management Advisory System:

Interactive 590 Restriction Maps (includes SWQMA info):

General GIS Data, Interactive Maps, and Support


GIS Link Up

Blue Marble

GIS Lounge






Interested in taking GIS to the next level? Local educational opportunities


LCO Ojibwa Community College GIS Technician Certificate Information

Northland College GIS Minor Program of Study

Gogebic Community College Course: Introduction to GIS for Natural Resources Management

Free GIS Software Available Through:  OpenSourceGeo


Bad River GIS & Map Services Program

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Map Services Program provides services and technology to the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for mapping, GIS and Global Positioning Sysytem (GPS) training, data collection and organization, online and printed map requests. The resources within the Bad River Reservation are some of the most highly valued resources to tribal members, for cultural, social, subsistence, and recreational purposes. To ensure the secure future for the Tribal resources—cultural, political, and natural—we document and describe all of the natural resources, infrastructure locations, and political boundaries. How is GIS used for tribes? Learn more about GIS...

Program Goal

To securely manage and disseminate data as maps, webpages, interactive maps, and reports that exemplify the political, cultural and natural resources within the Bad River Reservation.

Program Objectives
  • To establish working relationship with each department and program of the Bad River Band
  • To create a self-sustaining Mapping and GIS Program.
  • To support outreach to all communities of the Bad River Reservation through map and data sharing in printed and online maps.
  • To provide formal and informal training on GIS, mapping, and GPS technology to staff
  • To develop and maintain standards for data-sharing and documenting data used in maps and collected in the field.
Services Offered
  • Spatial data analysis, GIS training & assistance
  • GPS training & assistance
  • Custom map creation-both interactive ("webmaps") and static (printed) maps
  • Large map plotter printing (costs apply)
On-Going Projects
  • Tribe’s critical infrastructure (e.g., roads, sewers, pipelines, electric lines, housing/structure locations)
  • Natural resources (e.g., wells, streams, wildlife locations, forest harvests, land use/land cover, designations of resources)
  • Lease sites (e.g., locations of past and present lease boundaries, monuments for legal descriptions, maps for NEPA review of leases)
  • Land ownership (e.g., historic allotments, fractionated interests, current owners, land purchases, plat maps)
  • Tribal historic preservation (e.g., cemeteries, burials, historic roads and structures, historic plat maps)
  • Governmental boundaries(e.g. Reservation boundary, watershed boundaries, PLSS boundaries)