Stream Maps USA Launches August 20
September 6, 2015.... Gogal
Publishing Company releases its first two editions of Stream Map
USA for iPhone and iPad. Each app is a complete
GPS map and navigation tool for anglers, paddlers, hunters, hikers,
and just about anyone who plays in the outdoors.
Stream Map USA
features a searchable river, lake and stream map displayed over
GPS-enabled roadmaps, satellite images, and topographic maps. The
"Northeast Edition" covers all of New England, New York,
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, while the "West Coast Edition" maps
California, Oregon, and Washington.
Traditional maps have always treated
rivers and streams as simple blue lines. This has made it difficult
to quickly identify streams and almost impossible to follow a
stream's flow without careful study of the map labels. Stream
Map USA takes a novel approach. Each river, lake and stream is
mapped as a unique color. This allows users to quickly
differentiate any water from its tributaries and follow any river or
stream's course from headwaters to mouth. When wading, hiking, or
paddling, this color treatment easily identifies the direction one
needs to travel to remain on the desired stream.
Stream Maps USA
features a built-in search function, allowing users to easily find
even the most obscure stream by simply entering its name. Color
coded result pins then drop on the map, identifying any water that
matches their search. The search page allows users to specify any
combination of rivers, lakes and streams, and can be set to search
the entire region or narrow a search to a specific state or even a
When planning to travel on the water,
knowing current water conditions is a key safety feature, so
Stream Map USA includes map markers that identify the location
of active stream gages and gives users instant access to current
water conditions directly from the US Geologic Survey.
In the field, cellular service is always
a concern, so many features in Stream Map USA are designed
to operate without cellular service. The map features a unique
"Browse and Store" technology that allows users to store maps
locally as they are browsed. These maps can then
be automatically recalled, making them available for offline
use. A simple "Clear Map Cache" button easily removes stored maps,
eliminating any data storage concerns.
With or without phone service, users can
create and edit custom waypoints for planning purposes or save
important destinations for future access. Waypoints are created by
capturing the user's current location, entering GPS coordinates, or
with a simple touch of the map. Each waypoint can then be named and
notes can be added or edited at any time.
Waypoints are also the key to two
powerful navigation tools in Stream Map USA. For
turn-by-turn driving directions, users simply tap a waypoint's "GO"
button. This opens Apple's "Maps" app for immediate driving
directions to the desired waypoint.
For wilderness navigation, a built-in
field compass displays a user's GPS coordinates, heading, altitude
and speed of travel and can operate like a handheld GPS. When a
waypoint is set using the "Target " button, the compass adds a red
direction-of-travel arrow that points the way and counts down the
distance to the targeted destination.
"We wanted to step away from traditional
mapping and create a 21st century map of America's streams
harnessing the power of digital mapping, GPS technology, and the
smartphone," said author and company president Mike Gogal. "With
the release of Stream Map USA, we think we've done just
Both the Northeast and West Coast
Editions of Stream Map USA are now available on the AppStore
for the introductory price of $8.99. A third edition is also well
under way covering the eastern coastal states from Maryland to
Florida. This edition should be available in mid- October.
According to Mr. Gogal, "We're hoping to have the entire US
completed by mid 2016.
He noted that Android users need not
feel left out. We're well under way on our Android development and
hope to release Stream Map USA for both Android phones and
tablets before the end of the year.