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Rated: 7.5/10 Based On: 2 Reviews

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Rating: 6 of 10

     DeLorme is famous for inaccuracy, the inevitable result of making maps from aerial photos without ground confirmation. That isn't due to carelessness; even USGS can't drive every road. DeLorme routinely shows roads, though, that are impassable or off-limits. By the same token, for the same reason, they don't reliably distinguish between public and private boat launch sites. There's nothing wrong with a bit of uncertainty and adventure in planning, but don't be dismayed if you arrive to find the road on the map is a driveway and the boat ramp is in someone's back yard.
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Rating: 9 of 10

     Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer series of printed state atlases is a wonderful addition to your paddling adventures. It boasts details of every roadway, large and small (including that little dirt road to your put-in), plus boat launches and streams and waterways. Available to almost every state, the atlas features a state map grid on the back cover and to look up an area, you simply find it on the state map, and the number on the grid corresponds to the page of the atlas with the detailed map. And detailed it is, truly exhaustive for all your outdoor needs.

Two small improvements could be the inclusion of topography, although that is not typical of road and waterway atlases and might complicate the appearance of the map, and the atlas could benefit from more paddling put-ins; although it has details of every power boat launch, the canoe and kayak launches are not shown separately.

In summary, though, this atlas remains absolutely indispensable for the outdoorsman and paddler. A good investment.

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