I have had good success in the past with the following Contour layers but as of late neither seem to work:



Where can I find a working layer or how can I make this work?

Here is the error I am getting. enter image description here

  • can you please be more specific in terms how are you trying to access the services. Are you using the ArcGIS JS API? Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 5:54
  • I am adding these as a wms/wfs layer within qgis 3.6.1. Thanks for your help with this.
    – lowsparked
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 16:14
  • are you able to access the service URL in the web browser? Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 7:19

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The https://carto.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/services/contours/MapServer/WMSServer? service is working but is scale layered, you'll need to zoom in to see the contours.

Contour service in QGIS

A working GetMap request for the service (as generated by QGIS) is:


The services.nationalmap.gov WFS is also working, but if you are zoomed out too far your request will be for a lot of data. QGIS will give the error, as you report, if the service takes too long to complete the response, but you MAY still retrieve all the data requested.

Example WFS GetFeature request as generated by QGIS is:


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