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A ford for crossing a waterway with stepping stones Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: highways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)


See also


Status: de facto

A ford to cross a waterway with stepping stones.

How to map

  • use a single node ford where a highway crosses a waterway that is mapped as linear stream without riverbanks
  • use the way-method for larger streams with mapped riverbanks

On a node node

The stream and highways should share a node where they cross marked with ford=stepping_stones.

On a way way

The highway should share nodes with the riverbanks where it crosses them and also a node with the waterway=stream where they cross. Split the highway between the riverbanks and apply ford=stepping_stones to this segment .


Stepping stones: the distance between the stones maybe bigger than the stones themselves, nevertheless this is represented with a continuous line across the water


If surface=* is untagged then it may be useful to assume surface=stepping_stones.

See also

  • ford=yes
  • flood_prone=* unlike fords are likely to be dangerous to cross if there is water across the roadway.