Freshwater Atlas Waterbody Type Codes

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

Links the waterbody type codes used in the waterbody layers with an English description used to categorize waterbody features

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


This code table is used as a look-up table for the waterbody type codes in the Freshwater Atlas waterbody layers.

Lineage Statement

Automated, mathematical and statistical algorithms were applied against the TRIM I stream network and the TRIM I elevation surface model.

Contact Information

NameGeoBC Inquiries (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2011-03-09
Record Last Modified 2021-05-08
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Comments: Contains all waterbody type codes and a plain english description of them.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
WATERBODY_TYPE WTRBDTP VARCHAR2 1 The type of waterbody. Possible values include: 'L' - lake 'R' - double lined river 'W' - wetland 'X' - manmade river or lake 'M' - land
WATERBODY_DESCRIPTION WTRBDDSCRP VARCHAR2 180 Contains a plain english description of the waterbody type. Possible values include: lake, double lined rive, wetland, manmade river or lake, or land