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zander 01-28-2017 11:20 AM

Building a Continent-Wide Map of Canoe Routes
The Map
Several years ago, I created a Google Map with several Northeast canoe routes on it, and finding it recently I thought it might be useful to others.

Everyone should be able to find out how to paddle from their neighborhood to either ocean. Hopefully, this will help.

What you can do

1.) Add new routes: Currently, most of the routes are in Maine. It can fit 19,890 more routes. Please don't delete any. Maine to Labrador to Alaska, go for it.

Red for known routes
Purple for exploratory or wishful thinking
Blue for water trails, like the NFCT

put "Added by" or "Edited by _______" and the date in route Comments.

2.) Edit existing ones: Every line is rough, and can be shifted to better fit the terrain, portages added, etc, other data. The map is full of errors.

3.) Share with Others: Just forward this email to them.

4.) Use it: for program or personal trip planning, or to distract yourself during the winter.

Wldrns 01-29-2017 12:35 PM

have you seen the paddlefinder page, created by Brian Mcdonnell, director of the Adirondack 90 miler and other races?

Trail Boss 01-29-2017 02:19 PM

Have you considered adding canoe routes to OpenStreetMap (OSM)? They would instantly become available to a wide range of mapping software (and allow for collaborative editing). Having said that, you might be a pioneer in this effort because I see very few canoe routes in OSM. :(

Here's "AlaskaDave" asking how to create canoe routes (it can be done):

Here's the OpenStreetMap Wiki entry for canoe routes (it is a recognized map feature):

Here's an example of his editing work for "Swan Lake Canoe Trail" (Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska):

HOWEVER, he may have not tagged the routes correctly because they don't show up in any of the popular OSM maps ... except for the portions that are on land (i.e. the portages). It's that or the popular maps just don't support displaying canoe routes.

DSettahr 02-03-2017 04:32 PM

I added a couple of paddling routes in the Adirondacks. If I get a chance, I'll add a few more.

One critique I have is that a lot of the routes seem pretty "generalized." If you zoom in, it's clear that they don't necessarily follow the waterways all that closely.

Trail Boss 02-03-2017 11:27 PM

Does anyone know of any navigation app (phone) that displays these canoe routes? In other words, is this map info visible in something other than a browser?

Or is the idea to simply draw them here then export them in KML format for use elsewhere?

Zeebo 02-05-2017 12:43 PM

Trail Boss
If you copy the map in google maps and save a copy as your own (click the three dots next to Canoe Routes title and select copy) you can open it in google maps app on phone by clicking 3-lines in top right and selecting "your places"
You do need a google account to do all this of course; but it was pretty seamless for me...

Wldrns 02-05-2017 06:59 PM

I have a 1000 mile Yukon River route from Whitehorse to the Dalton Highway Bridge. it has 793 waypoints along the fastest/most efficient canoe paddle route downriver.

No, you can't have it and I will not publish it either. I started research work on the route in 2007 combined with the experience of several trips to verify and update it.

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