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    What website/software does everyone use for getting topo maps? I was looking into the Nat'l Geographic Topo Alaska software. Anyone use this yet?

    Thanks,
    Jason

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    This is the most recent of many threads on this subject

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    Default I have National Geographic Topo,

    and use it all the time, especially since it runs on my Mac. I also have DeLorme and Mapsource. They all work good but I like Topo as it uses the standard USGS quads. That being said if you have a mapping GPS then use the program that the maker has (MapSource by Garmin works good). The only GPS that will accept maps from National Geographic is the Magellan Triton and from what I hear it isn't that reliable yet.

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    Default topo's on the web

    A couple of years ago I found a website that had older USGS quads avaialable for download.
    I had just moved to Kodiak at the time and so only grabbed the Kodiak quads.
    They turned out ot be pretty handy but I can't find the site anymore. I beleive that they were the previous generation of survey. Anyone know of these still being available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by green sourdough View Post
    A couple of years ago I found a website that had older USGS quads avaialable for download.
    I had just moved to Kodiak at the time and so only grabbed the Kodiak quads.
    They turned out ot be pretty handy but I can't find the site anymore. I beleive that they were the previous generation of survey. Anyone know of these still being available?
    Is this the site you were looking for?

    http://store.usgs.gov/locator/?store...=?~okcode=SESH

    Here are a few more useful free sites.
    http://nationalatlas.gov/natlas/Natlasstart.asp
    http://mapper.landrecords.info/
    The second one tells you who owns the land. Great for checking for private land where you plan to hunt. Just click Enter Public Site
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    Default topo maps

    might also want to check: www.mytopo.com I have used them with satisfaction.

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    I have learned to value the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institue maps. You call them and tell them where you are going, and they mail you the map (different scales available) and that is it. They are very high quality maps. They have a "master map" of Alaska you can order, then you look on it and it tells you the number of the map you need. You can use that if you order maps very often. I often get them laminated at a local print shop, roll it up, and throw a rubber band around it. Works great for the float trips I take. Your needs may vary, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Below is a link...

    http://www.gi.alaska.edu/services/MapOffice/
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    Default Topozone.com

    Topozone is great.
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    Maptech is great I use it a lot, and I found where you can get a Maptech pro topo cd for all of Alaska for $100, retail is $300. Includes 3d and aerial. I am studying POW right now.

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    Default Great Maps

    I use mytopo.com great customized maps on weatherproof paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripnlip View Post
    What website/software does everyone use for getting topo maps? I was looking into the Nat'l Geographic Topo Alaska software. Anyone use this yet?

    Thanks,
    Jason

    I use Nat Geo and Garmin topo, much prefer the Nat Geo. I download all my tracks from my GPS to the Nat Geo but can't upload back to the GPS, but still prefer it.

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    Default topo

    looks like I am goin for the Nat geo. mytopo.com looks just like the stuff at REI, which is nat geo topo AK. So, you just buy the waterproof paper and print off the maps yourself at home....seems to pay for itself after about 9 maps???? At least thats the way it seems to me.

    About the Nat geo.: does it have 1:25,000 thruought the whole state or is it just like USGS maps..only some places have 25,000?????

    Thanks for all the input from everyone.

    Jason

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    Default usgs website for downloading all kinds of stuff

    http://seamless.usgs.gov/website/seamless/viewer.htm

    you have to be check and uncheck in the download window after you use the draw button on the graphics window to save stuff to your computer.

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    Cool topo's

    A good place to get maps is at the APU there in Anchorage.

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    http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/alaska.html

    Try this one, all for free but not very easy to copy from the net.

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