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    Which is the best GPS to buy for inland rivers?

    All the charts for ocean seem very nice but when you get several miles up the river there is no information. I have looked at several but none of them seem very helpful unless you are in the ocean. The salesperson at westmarine said to get the garmin and add a chip that has the topographic maps.

    Does anyone else do this? Or is there a better option?

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    I have a Lowrance color chart GPS. I bought a chip for it for Alaska and I have the same problem, no inland rivers. Mine goes up as far as the Alexander on the Big Su. I called them and their response was that there just isn't a market for it..

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    The Garmin with the map source maps work very well for the rivers, lakes and the surrounding areas - They will never be exact on the rivers because they change so much but they are pretty close in most cases.

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    I have a hand held Garmin for running on the Kuskokwim. Lots of sloughs and twists and turns to get lost in and, while mapsource has you boating on the land occasionaly, I haven't been lost yet. It doesn't have all the little sloughs but enough to keep you in the main channel.

    The starnge part about it is I download the track to the National Geographic TOPO! program and it lines up perfectly with the rivers .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rambling raven View Post
    The Garmin with the map source maps work very well for the rivers, lakes and the surrounding areas - They will never be exact on the rivers because they change so much but they are pretty close in most cases.
    Which map source maps do you use for Alaska? United states TOPO?
    It comes on CD how do you get the maps on the GPS?

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    I am in the process of doing that now for my new GPS. I liked the performance of my friends so well I went the same route. The Garmin has a slot for putting your own chip in, you download from the map CD to the chip with the computer. If you know someone with the equipment and CD they can put the areas you need on the your chip as well. check out these links for the products.

    http://shop.garmin.com/accessory.jsp...0%2D10215%2D02
    http://shop.garmin.com/accessory.jsp...0%2D10776%2D00
    http://shop.garmin.com/accessory.jsp...0%2D10226%2D11

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