August 15, 2023
There’s a growing outdoors navigation platform that rivals anything out there for most needs for fly fishermen and goes well beyond in other ways. The Natural Atlas website/smartphone app has become my go-to app after years of using other platforms.
Natural Atlas uses vector maps that use minimal data/space on your phone, and the maps seem uber-updated–it shows new subdivisions in my town that even some well-known digital map services don’t.
Specific for anglers, its dynamic interactive maps show boat ramps, fishing access sites, detailed public lands (public land matters to anglers too), accurate trails (which would’ve been helpful on my CDT hike last summer), and trailheads–all with the precision of someone who has lived in the area their whole life, or someone who has hiked every inch of these trails. The base maps include satellite and topo (and more), and hybrid options to combine them so you can see exactly the info that you need. Natural Atlas was crucial to giving us quick and easy beach and canal access on a recent DIY trip to Cape Coral, Florida.
The Plus subscription adds on USGS streamflow data (including gauge location on the map) and tide charts, downloadable map tiles, current weather, wildfire smoke, radar, and cloud cover (requires cell coverage), sunrise and sunset for your location, high-resolution printable maps, offline flora and fauna for your area, the ability to record tracks, take geotagged pics, measure distances and elevation gain, mark waypoints (for both online and offline use), and for all the rock nerds, it even has underfoot geology baselayer maps. On our recent hike into Montana’s Gallatin Range, we learned that we were hiking over the Absaroka Volcanics Supergroup formation, and near the Jefferson Formation, Mission Canyon, Lodgepole, and Allan Mountain formations–how cool is that?
Natural Atlas is truly an impressive all-in-one outdoors navigation tool, especially with the Plus subscription. It comes highly recommended for those who like ease, comfort, and peace of mind whether you’re in the backcountry or at home planning your adventures.
$40/year for "Plus" | naturalatlas.com