Metadata: Minnesota Water Trails

Minnesota Water Trails

This page last updated: 10/07/2014
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  1. Overview
  2. Data Quality
  3. Data Organization
  4. Coordinate System
  5. Attributes
  6. Distribution - Get Data
  7. Metadata Reference

Section 1: Overview

Originator:Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Title: Minnesota Water Trails

Abstract: This dataset represents state water trails in the State of Minnesota as designated through legislation and recognized by the Department of Natural Resources. The alignments represent the approximate river centerlines as interpreted from 2009 aerial photographs. The alignments were created at a scale between 1:2000 and 1:10000.

Purpose: Use this layer to show state monitored recreation canoeing and kayaking opportunities.

Time Period of Content Date: 07/27/2022

Currentness Reference: Initial data was provided by the Hydro rivers centerline data and has since been edited with use of 2003 and 2008 aerial photography. In March 2010 the trails were edited with the use of 2009 FSA aerial imagery. These edits were made to all Minnesota Water Trails.

Progress: In work

Maintenance and Update Frequency: As needed

Spatial Extent of Data:

Bounding Coordinates: -97.23

Place Keywords: Statewide, Rivers

Theme Keywords: Water Trails, Canoe and Boating Routes, Kayak Trail

Theme Keyword Thesaurus:

Access Constraints: None

Use Constraints: Free for public use, cannot be sold or used as legal information and should be understood as an approximation of the water trail location.

Contact Person Information: John Lawton, IT Specialist
Minnesota DNR - Parks and Trails, Information Systems Team
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5580

Browse Graphic: Click to view a data sample.

Associated Data Sets:

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy: Contents are periodically reviewed for accuracy and corrected as necessary to improve accuracy.

Logical Consistency: Data are topologically correct using internal editing tools at the DNR.

Completeness: All designated water trails are included in their entirety.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy: Not specifically assessed

Vertical Positional Accuracy: Not Applicable

Lineage: This dataset is derived and regularly updated from the DNR WHEELS Database.

Section 3: Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4: Coordinate System

Horizontal Coordinate Scheme: Universal Transverse Mercator

UTM Zone Number: 15

Horizontal Datum: NAD83

Horizontal Units: meters

Vertical Datum: Not Applicable

Vertical Units: Not Applicable

Depth Datum: Not Applicable

Depth Units: Not Applicable

Section 5: Attributes


Detailed Citation:

Table Detail:
trans_water_trails_minnesota.gdb\water_trails_minnesota - Attribute table. Field names refer to the actual names of fields in the table; displayed field names (aliases) are defined in the field definition where applicable.
Field NameValid ValuesDefinitionDefinition Source
Feature geometry.
Field alias: Trail Name. Name of state water trail.
Field alias: Program Project. 8-character Program/Project Code of state water trail.
Field alias: Unit Name. Unit Name for state water trail.
Field alias: Administered By. Division or entity that administers this state water trail.
Field alias: Maintained By. Division or entity that maintains the state water trail.
Field alias: Length (Miles). Length of state water trail in miles.
System-assigned unique identifier.
Length of state water trail segment in meters.

Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: Minnesota DNR - Parks and Trails

Publication Date: 2010-03-02

Contact Person Information: Zeb Thomas, GIS Data Systems Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5637

Distributor's Data Set Identifier: trans_water_trails_minnesota.gdb\water_trails_minnesota

Distribution Liability: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources General Geographic Data License Agreement is online:

Ordering Instructions: Please visit the download page for this dataset on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons website using the web link below (Online Linkage).

Online Linkage: I AGREE to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above. Clicking to agree will either begin the download process, link to a service, or provide more instructions. See "Ordering Instructions" above for details.

Section 7: Metadata Reference

Metadata Date: 10/07/2014

Contact Person Information: John Lawton, IT Specialist
Minnesota DNR - Parks and Trails, Information Systems Team
500 Lafayette Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-259-5580

Metadata Standard Name: Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2

This page last updated: 10/07/2014
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