How do I Create a Custom Map?

Getting Started

To create a custom map go to our website and click on FIND A MAP.


Enter your search location (or browse stock maps) using any of the following criteria:
  • Search for a Place or Address
  • USGS Quad Sheets by State - we provide the option to order the new US Topo or the Classic USGS quad
  • GMU, Hunting Area, or WMA/State Park Map
  • Backpacker Magazine Pro Map
  • Lake Map
Use the Address/Placename search to locate the area of interest, pan/zoom the map as needed, then click Maps Available Here for a list of options available at that location. Choose either a stock map, quad sheet, or a custom map.

Or, use the Digital Mapping and Additional Options to:
  • Search by GPS Coordinate
  • Upload a GPX File
  • Explore our premier digital mapping solution: Terrain Navigator Pro
For more details on finding your map, please watch this video.


Build your (custom) map
If you have elected to build a custom map...

1. Select a Base Map type:
  • USGS Topographic Map
  • Color Aerial Photo
  • Premium Satellite Photo
  • Hybrid TopoPhoto
Not all base map types are available at all scales; if the map preview is blank, try a different scale. Some map types are not available in Canada.
Note the statistics in the upper left of the preview window - which reflect the price, scale, date, etc. of your current selections.

2. Add Premium Overlays:
Note: Not all layers are available in all locations. 
  • Private Property Boundaries
  • Public Land Boundaries
  • US Forest Service Roads and Trials
  • GMU Boundaries
  • Lake Contours
These premium map overlays are offered at an additional cost - the Map Price will be updated accordingly.

3. Choose Map Area
  a. Paper Size
  • 18" x 24"
  • 24" x 36"
  • 36" x 48"
  • 4' x 5' (uses banner paper)
  • 5' x 8' (uses banner paper)
   The Map Price and red map edge box will update as different paper sizes are selected.

  b. Orientation
  • Wide (landscape)  or  Tall (portrait)
   The red map edge box will update to reflect the selected orientation.

  c. Map Zoom
  • We offer nine zoom levels.
  • For topo maps, the most you can zoom into is 1:10,000.  
  • For aerials, the most you can zoom into is 1:2,500.
  • For satellite maps, the most you can zoom into is 1:1000.
    We do not recommend zooming out to 1:50,000 unless you are doing so to use with a protractor/grid tool of that scale.  The topo map print gets very small and hard to read when zoomed out to 1:50,000.

4. View a Full Map Preview
Click Preview Now>> to open a window showing exactly how your map will appear. Click on the window to enlarge it and inspect for any blemishes or inaccuracies.


Choose your map finish (paper type)

1. Waterproof "Outdoor" Map
MyTopo waterproof maps are printed with UV fade-resistant and waterproof inks on a special waterproof and tear-resistant paper. Waterproof maps are available rolled or folded for rugged outdoor use.

2. Laminated Map
Full-seam laminated map printed with UV fade-resistant inks. The lamination protects the map from water and dirt and is writable/erasable with standard dry-erase markers. Available rolled only.


Personalize your map
  • Add a name, title, select navigational grids (or no grids), relief shading or no shading etc...


Purchase your map!

  • Don't forget to view a full preview of your map before purchase.
Press Add to Cart, then checkout. Your map will print and ship within 24 hours (during weekdays.)

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