In a couple of weeks I am going to the Apostle Islands for a kayak camping trip with my father. It will be his first time in the Islands. In preparation for the trip we worked on creating useful navigation charts, using information from I was able to download a high resolution raster version of the regions NOAA navigation chart. Using Photoshop I then drew likely routes on the chart and with the help of Google Earth we calculated magnetic bearings (and back bearings) as well as the distance for each route. I added this information next to each route.


Having decided upon our Plan A routes for each day I zoomed in on the appropriate area of the chart and then printed that section in detail. On the reverse side of each days chart I added the entire chart in case the days plans changed.


These sheets were then laminated under 3mil plastic sheet to protect them from the elements. During use I place the charts under the deck lines on my kayak. I keep back-up copies in my day hatch, as well as a copy of the National Geographic Topo in case I lose the charts.

If you decide to use these charts please remember two things: First, the bearings were calculated in April 2012 (variation 2° west) and are subject to subsequent magnetic variation changes. Second, the bearings and distance were calculated by humans and are subject to human error, I recommend you check those measurements you intend to rely upon.

This chart is based on a NOAA chart 14973 version 27, and its usage and distribution is covered by their limitations of use policy: