Lakes and Ponds: Where are they commonly found?

This is an interactive map of lakes from the continental United States. It shows the locations of water bodies named Lake, Pond, Water, Reservoir, Lagoon, Pool, and Waterhole. For names and types hover over the map. Zoom out to see Alaska and Hawaii. Zoom in to see all wetlands in detail.
Lake Pond Water Reservoir Lagoon Pool Waterhole


This map was created after creating the map Wetlands of the US. The data provided the names of different waterbodies. I decided lakes was an appropriate followup. It shows the locations of all features classified as Lake but differentiated by their name. The names included were those classified as synonyms of lake.

If you liked this map and would like to check more features go to Hills and Summits. If you would like to see a map of elevation go to US Contours.


The data was downloaded from the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), maintained by USGS. Data cleaning was done with R Project for Statistical Computing. At first I used only the data classified as Lakes. The Shapefiles for this map were downloaded from Natural Earth. The code was obtained and altered from Chris Williams’s Block.

Made by Luz K. Molina with D3.js.

map wetlands icluding swamps, marshes and bayous of USA