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Does the USGS have 1:50,000-scale maps, like the military uses, for the United States? 

The USGS has a limited number of 1:50,000-scale maps available for the United States. These are maps that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has released for sale to the public. 

 To see which maps are available for sale (or free digital download), go to the online USGS Store

  • Click on “Maps” in the left navigation menu.
  • Look for the NGA Foreign Maps button (includes domestic NGA maps).
  • In the "Filter by Country" box, select USA and the appropriate state.
  • Click on “+VIEW FILTERS” to toggle on additional filters.
  • Under "Other Filters", use the dropdown menu in the “Map Scale” box to select 1:50,000 (it's near the top of the list).
  • In the "Map Types" box, select Contours.
  • Click on the green “Apply Filters” button near the top of the page. You will see a listing of all available 1:50,000-scale maps for that state

The USGS does not have a complete set of NGA 1:50,000 maps for the United States. Many (but not all) of the available maps cover areas near military facilities.


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