Your ultimate guide to trout streams
CLASSIFIED TROUT STREAMS using StreamScore™
TroutRoutes provides a visual mapping experience to help you find the best streams. We have classified every designated trout stream into three classes:
Class 1 (Green): Top-rated trout streams with plenty of public access
Class 2 (Light Blue): Good trout streams with decent public access
Class 3 (Blue): Typically smaller creeks with mediocre or unknown quality ratings
Every stream is assigned a class based on an overall score called StreamScore™. This score comes from an algorithm that takes into consideration up to 10 different criteria, including habitat quality, number of access points, percent of the stream that is publicly accessible via public land or easement, among a few others. TroutRoutes has spent substantial time, including manually reviewing and editing all scores and classes where appropriate, making sure the StreamScore and classification are correct and accurate to help you quickly find the best waters.
Public land & publicly accessible strems
TroutRoutes has integrated a comprehensive layer of public land and stream easements to help you find public and legal waters. Consistent with DNR maps, TroutRoutes shows any stream section that is publicly accessible (either on public land or on a stream easement) with a thick grey highlight line on the stream, as shown to the right. The public land layer will be in green. Combined, TroutRoutes shows you both public land and all publicly available waters for trout streams.
Detailed Stream access
TroutRoutes has an advanced system of associating roads and trails with every stream. When you click a stream of interest (or search), you instantly see every road and trail within walking distance to the stream, highlighted to make your life easy.
Roads that are associated with the stream will be highlighted in yellow. Road access points (typically bridges) will be dots:
- Public Road access is a Green dot
- Private Road access is a Blue dot.
Trails that are associated with the stream will be purple dashed line. Trail access, typically a walk bridge, will be in purple dots.
Trails, trails, trails
Some of the best places to fly fish are those unknown and difficult to get to places on great streams. With TroutRoutes, this gets a lot easier. I’ve discovered tons of new trails and stream access points on the North Shore of MN that I had never heard of.– Early Beta user, 2019
TroutRoutes has an extensive and proprietary database of trails for every supported state. We have aggregated many trail databases from many sources to provide the most comprehensive list possible. We use this database to associate every trail with a nearby stream. When you tap on a stream, you will see every trail that is within walking distance of that stream (see example to the right of Poplar River of Minnesota).
Some trails go for miles right alongside a stream, and some cross the stream once with a bridge (eg. Superior Hiking Trail). Some trails are designated hiking trails, and some are snowmobile trails, and some are biking trails, and some are train tracks you can walk on to get to your stream.
Want to know more about a stream or trail? Switch to Satellite View! The example to the right shows a trail (snowmobile) crossing in the map view of West Indian Creek in SE Minnesota. Switching to Satellite View, you can see and confirm a small bridge at that location (great fly fishing spot by the way).