You want to check out MapSherpa an interesting web application that allows you to create custom maps that can be printed and taken with you on your fishing trip.

Ok, if this seems like a commercial, I guess it is – and in the interest of full disclosure, I have been working as a consultant with this company as they first rolled MapSherpa out for Canada last summer and recently launched a major upgrade that includes full US coverage as well.  These guys have been in the web mapping business for over 10 years and have done a great job creating a service that is easy to use and gives you great quality maps.

MapSherpa allows you to create topographic, shade relief or road maps for any place in North America.  You can set the scale to fit your needs, annotate the map with your personal information.  And if you have someone you trust with your secret fishing locations, you can share the map with them.  You can also choose to publish your maps for the whole world to see but you know how that goes over with some of your fishing buddies so don’t say I told you to do it.

Here is an excerpt from a map I created to give you an idea of the look of the data.

Its free to sign up for a MapSherpa account.  You can create and save maps and only pay when you decide to download a map for printing.

Check it out.  I’d be happy to hear what you think.