Kossuth County GIS

114 West State Street | Algona , IA 50511 | Phone: (515) 395-2045 | Fax: (515) 295-3071

Office Hours: 8 am to 4 pm, Mon.-Fri.

What is GIS and how is it important to Kossuth County?

The acronym stands for Geographic Information System. In a basic form, it’s a way to present geographically referenced data. That data can include roads, property lines, address points, school district boundaries and surveyed section corners just to name a few. Most often the information is placed over aerial imagery in order to provide a more holistic view of how data is related to the real world. Kossuth County acquired its own aerial photography in 2006 and now most recently in 2015. Aerial images are scheduled to be acquired again in the spring of 2018.

Kossuth County utilizes and updates cadastral information on a routine basis for the purposes of assessment, asset inventory, land ownership and emergency management.


Aviailable Data & Fees
Kossuth County data is currently available by request only and requires a signed media agreement from private entities. Applicable fees may apply ($25.00 minimum charge($50/hr rate))

  • Format: ESRI .shp or .gdb
  • Projection: NAD83 State Plane Iowa North
  • Units: US Feet
  • Available Data: Parcels, Political Boundaries, School Districts

Printed GIS maps and customized exhibits up to 36”x48” are available for purchase at the Courthouse. (Ask for the GIS person at the Auditor’s or Assessor’s window located on the second floor)

GIS Coordinator

Luke Snyder