Major Update for Wisconsin Maps
March 2022: TroutRoutes has completed a major revamp of our trout stream maps for Wisconsin
– 1,100 new trout streams
– 90 miles of new fishing easements, corrections to past easement properties
– All new public land classifications for Wisconsin
At TroutRoutes, we aim to have the most comprehensive and accurate mapping system for Trout Anglers available. After several weeks of hard work, we’re excited to announce we’ve completed a significant overhaul of our Wisconsin trout stream maps with key updates. The three key areas are:
- New Trout Streams: Added over 1,100 new trout streams to our maps for Wisconsin
- New Easements: Added 90 miles of new fishing easements from local counties and other sources
- Expanded and corrected classifications of public land: All new public land classifications. We completely redid our public lands from the ground up, resulting in new boundaries and correcting classifications of public land that had previously been identified as easements
New Trout Streams
“…We’re happy to announce all streams that are formally designated as Trout Streams in Wisconsin are now in our maps. This means we’ve added 1,100 new trout streams into our system.”
When we first added Wisconsin to our maps in 2019, we spent a significant amount of time “filtering” out the noise by removing some trout streams from the Wisconsin database that represented little opportunity to trout anglers. The intent was to help our audience focus on the streams that most commonly represent opportunity; larger creeks and rivers with consistent flow and public access. In retrospect, we probably either shouldn’t have done this filtering or pulled way back.
In any case, we’re happy to announce all streams that are formally designated as Trout Streams in Wisconsin are now in our maps. This means we’ve added 1,100 new trout streams into our system. To give you an example of this difference, the image to the left shows the previous streams we had (blue) and the new ones that were added (pink).
“…This means we’ve added 90 miles of new fishing easements to our maps, primarily in the key Driftless counties such as Vernon and Monroe counties.”
Fishing easements in Wisconsin are arguably the most valuable asset to the trout anglers in the state. These are key access corridors that have been made available by the local private land owner specifically for fishing access.
In our first version of Wisconsin, we tried to find every piece of public land we could find. In addition to the basic layers from Wisconsin DNR like state parks and forests, we found local county parks, city parks, and other easy-to-miss access points that can prove to be valuable new access opportunities for the trout angler.
Specifically, we’ve updated all of our easements from the Wisconsin DNR as well as worked with local counties like Vernon County, Buffalo and Monroe County that have county fishing easements that aren’t well publicized. This means we’ve added 90 miles of new fishing easements to our maps, primarily in the key Driftless counties such as Vernon and Monroe counties.
Corrections to past easements
In the case of easements, we had incorrectly classified some public land as designated fishing easements that are actually just general public land from the state of Wisconsin. In a few rare examples, we had incorrectly identified a few conservation easements as public that were actually protected for natural preservation but not made available public for fishing access. In these two cases, we’ve simply removed them from our maps and they are now shown as private stretches. The image below shows a before and after of the new public land classifications for a popular river near the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) of Minnesota.
All new public land for Wisconsin
As we continue to expand and improve our maps, we felt it was time to expand our “public lands” layer. Initially we had two major public land classes (public land and easements), which eventually became three different land classes (state/national parks, general public land and easements). Now we’ve expanded this to support 15 different types of lands to help you navigate the lands and laws for each type. You can also click on land to see the parcel name. We will continue expand this by having laws and details by land parcel to help you dive into your research and learn more about the public land you desire to explore.
Where to find these updates?
Our new mapping layers for Wisconsin are live on all platforms as of this week. This means that the new mapping layers are available to Pro users for iOS and Android mobile users, as well as Pro users for our Desktop Maps available at maps.troutinsights.com.
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– TroutRoutes Team