These handy maps for outdoor exploration are worth having

Our motto at Trekers is “Hike. Camp. Boldly Go.” In order to make that easier, having the right kind of map is a great thing. There are plenty of digital versions out there for your phone or your computer. But Jessi has always been a fan of paper maps and they often have an advantage over digital. This is especially true if you’re somewhere that you don’t have a signal. Or maybe you just want to be able to lay a map out to look at things with your travel partner.

Sportsman’s Connection contacted us about reviewing their Atlas and Field Guides. I said absolutely because we already owned some of them!

We have had the Michigan pair for several years and used them quite a bit. The way Sportsman’s does their maps depends on the state’s size. If it’s a very large state, they may produce two or three regional maps. (For example, they divided Michigan into Northern and Southern regions and they broke Minnesota into three regions.)

They publish the maps as spiral-bound books so you can lay them out flat. That makes them really handy to flip through. They have a sturdy cover that wipes off easily and they use quality paper for the pages that can stand up to repeated use.

In addition to Michigan, we now also have Minnesota and Wisconsin, so we’re all set to tour the Midwest even more! We just got back from a summer in Minnesota and I really wish we had this set of maps with us.

We carry the Michigan maps around in the Roadtrek, but I just forgot to check if Sportsman’s Connection had Minnesota maps. Doh!

There is a ton of stuff in these maps about the state and national parks, as well as state forests and national forests, places to canoe and kayak, and more. Anything in a state that has to do with outdoor adventures is probably covered in these atlases.

The atlases and field guides are good-sized so they aren’t something to carry in a backpack while hiking. But if you are working to plot a trip, these are going to be super handy. They make great reference guides for a state; I hope they come out with more of these to cover even more territory.

If you like having digital versions of things, Sportsmans Connection has those available, too, often as a bonus for purchasing the print editions.

As of right now, they have the following atlases and guides available:

Atlas and Field Guides:

  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

Each Atlas and Field Guide offers:

  • 1:100,000 scale
  • Full legend on every map page
  • Latitude and longitude coordinates
  • Elevation contours
  • Public/private land boundaries, forests, designated use areas, unimproved roads, trails, marshes, campgrounds, fishing opportunities, golf courses, points of interest, and much more.

They also sell Fishing Map Guides for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.

While they only have Field Guides for a few states, Sportsman’s Connection has detailed fishing guides for many more.

If you’re interested in learning more and purchasing your own Atlas and Field Guides visit They also make great gifts!

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