I've been attempting to download a usable basemap for USGS Topography for quite some time. Going through the USGS procedure to acquire the map has not worked to date.

Quickmapservices and Openlayer plugin have only given me a black layer that does not work.

I'm also trying to download a shapefile for FEMA Floodplain Zones. Its been a very frustrating process and even after calling and going through the steps, nothing seems to work.

  • This is for QGIS* – PJ Ruben Oct 12 '18 at 21:39
  • Can you give a link to qms.nextgis.com service of USGS Topography where you get black layer? Do you inform service author about such error? – Dmitry Baryshnikov Oct 12 '18 at 22:09

Any of the USGS Topo Map Services from an ArcGIS Server instance can be consumed in QGIS via a WMS service.

For example, this web map: https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=931d892ac7a843d7ba29d085e0433465#!

...comes from this service: https://services.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/USA_Topo_Maps/MapServer

And has a link to the WMTS: https://services.arcgisonline.com/arcgis/rest/services/USA_Topo_Maps/MapServer/WMTS/1.0.0/WMTSCapabilities.xml

In QGIS, in the Browser window, make a new WMS/WMTS connection, using the WMTS link in the URL above. You'll get a connection and can add the map to your project:

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  • did it work for you? – DPSSpatial Oct 26 '18 at 22:11

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