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Aerial Imagery Archive

Through this page, you can reach Michigan data for:


Michigan DNR's Digital Aerial Imagery Archive of USGS Digital Orthophoto Quadrangles (DOQs)

The Michigan DNR provides free online access to aerial imagery pictures through this page, which you can view or download to your computer. The DNR holds and serves copies of aerial images developed under a national program administered by the U.S. Geological Survey, done cooperatively with the Michigan DNR. Currently this page serves two sets of DOQ images for Michigan, acquired during two time periods beginning in 1992 and then in 1998.

To view these DOQs, you need a special viewer (similar to how you need Adobe Reader to view publications in PDF formats). All images downloaded from this site are in MrSID format, so they are smaller files and load faster. In addition to using your own speciality software for various GIS and CAD packages, these MrSID files can be displayed with three free options: (a.) a web browser plug-in tool which uses your own web browser software (the LizardTech ExpressView Browser Plug-in was formerly called the MrSid Browser Plug-in); (b.) a free stand-alone viewer tool (the LizardTech GeoExpress Viewer); or (c.) a free stand-alone pocket PC or mobile device viewer (must be WinCE compliant ; the LizardTech ExpressView for PocketPC Viewer). All three options are available as free downloads from LizardTech, Inc. (now a Celartem Company; www.lizardtech.com).

MrSID by LizardTech, Inc.


The 1998 Series DOQ Aerial Imagery

1998 series sample image
Click here to start search of the
1998 series images

Product description (PDF)

Information tables (PDF):
1998 series

FGDC metadata (HTML):
1998 series

The 1992 Series DOQ Aerial Imagery

1992 series sample image
Click here to start search of the
1992 series images

Product description (PDF)

Information tables (PDF):
1992 series

FGDC metadata (HTML):
1992 series

DNR's 1997-1999 Statewide Aerial Imagery

Aerial images of Michigan acquired by the DNR between 1997-1999 are also available but not online. Information about this image series and previous statewide flights is provided in the product description. Although this photography is not currently available online, copies in digital or photographic formats can be ordered. An Index map, Price List, and Order Form are available without charge, by providing the following information to the DNR Aerial Imagery Request Contact at E-mail address hollands@michigan.gov.

1. Name of county in which your area is located.
2. Your name and mailing address, email address.

Aerial Photo sample thumbnail
(Click on image above to view
a sample at a larger scale.)


Other Aerial Imagery Resources for Michigan

Other aerial imagery may be found at these DNR Cooperators, however you may have to search on keywords "aerial imagery" and "Michigan" to find exactly where those resources are served to the public. Follow their listed directions for viewing, ordering and costs. We cannot answer questions on these products, but we provide links for those interested in additional resources. Our listing of a site does not indicate DNR endorsement.


Other Online Methods to View Aerial Imagery for Michigan

Aerial imagery may also be viewed online through the the cites listed below. You may have to turn-on or select an option to view aerial imagery at these cites, but options are there. We cannot answer questions on these viewers, but we provide links for those interested in additional view tools. Our listing of a site does not indicate DNR endorsement.