[Tagging] Tagging a named river bend

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 00:54:08 UTC 2018

"waterway=" is usually used for features that have to do with linear
water features; values include dam, weir, lock, etc.

Since the name of a bend would be most useful for boaters and kayakers
who are using a river as a waterway, I would recommend using

This could then also be used for a bend in a canal, for example.

"place=*" doesn't say anything about if the feature is natural or a
settlement, and it isn't usually used for water features.

Another option would be natural=bend or natural=river_bend, because
natural=* is used for all sorts of geographic features in the natural
landscape, including water features like bays, straights, etc.


On 9/28/18, Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com> wrote:
> At first, the use of "section" seemed useful to consider. The tag
> "whitewater:section_name" has not been defined in the Wiki but might be
> adapted to this issue. However, the word "whitewater" would be misleading
> IMO because this is a flat river that whitewater enthusiasts would not seek
> out. Also, like place=locality it doesn't give any indication that this is
> a bend or curve in a river.
> I keep coming back to Martin's place=river_bend. Adding a name=Harper Bend
> along with that tag would solve the problem in a straightforward manner,
> would not be confused with the specialized whitewater tagging schemes and
> would be relatively easy to implement. A look at Taginfo tells me that the
> "place"  key has been misused quite a bit but I think place=river_bend
> would be a logical and easily understood new use of the key.
> See Taginfo: https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/place#values
> On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 11:38 PM Ture Pålsson <ture at turepalsson.se> wrote:
>> And again, with a link, this time! =)
>> https://kso.etjanster.lantmateriet.se/?e=749899&n=7312843&z=9&profile=default_background_noauth
>> 27 sep. 2018 kl. 18:36 skrev Ture Pålsson <ture at turepalsson.se>:
>> 27 sep. 2018 kl. 13:03 skrev Yves <yvecai at mailbox.org>:
>> Place=locality makes sense, I guess the name is also used for the area
>> close to the bend by extension.
>> Locality on a node is always troublesome, and I wonder if anybody uses
>> description=* to describe further the place, here this would be something
>> like description=river bend.
>> A simple place=locality gives no hint to a renderer that this is a water
>> feature, and I can easily imagine a map style where one wants to do
>> something special with those, like using blue text.
>> Look at this example from northern Sweden, where features in the river
>> (Bredselet, Trångforsen and Vidselet) have lent their names, but in
>> different grammatical form, the the nearby villages/hamlets of Bredsel,
>> Trångfors and Vidsel.
>> (Follow there river and you'll see several other named rapids (-fors) and
>> stretches of smooth water between them (-sel).
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