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2004 Soil Survey

NOTE: This product is best suited for use with professional GIS software packages.

This product includes the United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service 2004 Soil Survey data and related information. An intergovernmental funding agreement between the USDA-NRCS, the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture and Lake County made this product possible.

Disc contents include:

  • Soil polygons attributed with several useful interpretations
    (hydric soils, for example) following NRCS guidelines
  • Point features representing mapped soil symbols
  • The 2004 NRCS Lake County Soil Survey manual in Adobe PDF format
  • NRCS Metadata
  • County documentation

Soil data can be downloaded at no charge from the NRCS Soil Mart website.

Helpful information about soils can be found through the NRCS Illinois website.

The McHenry-Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District staff can also provide assistance with questions related to soils.


The spatial data provided on this disc is in ESRI shapefile format using the Illinois State Plane Projection, East Zone, and the NAD83 horizontal datum. The units of measurement used in county mapping are feet. The documents included are in Adobe PDF and HTML format. Purchasers should verify that the software they plan to use with this data is capable of reading Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) shape files before buying the compact disc. No software is provided with the data.

NOTE: CAD users, this is a large, county wide dataset optimized for use with GIS software. CAD software such as AutoCAD or MicroStation may NOT be able to open this dataset. Make sure your software and computer can handle this file size effectively before purchasing.


The 2004 Lake County Soil Survey compact disc may be purchased for $50. The purchase price is not refundable. A defective disc may be exchanged for a replacement disc for the same product at no charge.

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