I am trying to find data of rivers that are not made of simple lines. I need polygon data so that the river bed is visible.

Is there any global or regional data source?

  • not sure if this data fits exactly your needs. michigans rivers: gis-michigan.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/… if they work, i'll add them as an answer. if they don't, lmk what exactly is missing so i can conform my search.
    – albert
    Mar 17, 2020 at 5:52
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    Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for, the rivers are real shapes not just lines. Are there more datasets like this for the whole world? Mar 18, 2020 at 9:40

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Whilst this is not polygon format, MERIT Hydro: Global Hydrography Datasets does provide a raster of river width and this is a global dataset. You can convert this into a polygon format.

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