Below are some basics. There
is much more about maps for a future project.
- 1:25,000 topographic map size
is your best choice (if you can find it) for river details. Otherwise,
1:50,000 works and is more plentiful.
- River Guide Books and brochures are
often excellent when they give exact details of rapids and falls as well
as campsites. But they don't all give this important info. Look for river
rapid gradings and locations of falls and portage trails. If unsure, stop
and SCOUT IT. You can usually hear substantial moving water but not
always. Usually, you can see the drop from the horizon line. You will see
tree tops and no bottoms. Train your eyes and plan ahead.
- Waterproof your maps with
clear mactac. But, write on them first, marking campsites, rapids,
portages and falls as well as putin and takeout points.
- Number your maps if they are
copies. You will love yourself for it when you want to know where the
next map is. And, it makes more sense if you turn the map so that your
destination point is at the top of the map and your present location is at