U.S. Lake Survey Now Online
Created in 1841 by Congress, the U.S. Lake Survey was charged with conducting a hydrographical survey of the Northern and Northwestern Lakes and preparing and publishing nautical charts and other navigation aids. The Survey published 76 maps of the Great Lakes from 1852 to 1882. These rare historical documents are held at several institutions, so accessing them online is a chance to view the entire collection together.
All 76 charts produced by the U.S. Lake Survey will be available in this online collection by Fall 2008. You can explore 54 of these early Great Lakes charts now.
The U. S. Lake Survey digital collection is a partnership project involving Wisconsin Sea Grant, Wisconsin’s Water Library, the UW-Milwaukee American Geographical Society Library, the UW Digital Collections Center, and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives.
Kathleen Schmitt Kline
Aquatic Sciences Center
Sea Grant Institute and Water Resources Institute
University of Wisconsin
239 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1177