Acme Mapper
Want to know more about a specific location? Want to see detail that maps don't show? Acme Mapper makes aerial photographs of every square inch of the globe readily available to anyone with a computer. This free downloadable program uses satellite and aerial photos to give a bird's eye view of the entire planet, which of course, includes your favorite river or hiking trail. It uses a Google-Maps-like interface which permits panning and zooming to obtain your desired location. Once you've zoomed in on your target location, several types of imagery are available at the click of a button: map overlay, topography, and satellite imagery are our favorites. The real magic begins when you click on the "topo" button in the upper right corner of the screen. Presto .... the Google Map that you are viewing will suddenly convert into a seamless topographic map. Zoom in for even more detail, save the image with a screen shot, and print it to create your own personal topo map!

Lake Superior Provincial Park
Located only six hours north of Tawas, along Lake Superior's rugged coast, is Lake Superior Provincial Park. This 600 sq. mi. wilderness, located along the northeastern shore of Superior, between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Wawa, is one of the largest provincial parks in Canada. The park extends inland over mist-shrouded mountainous terrain with deep canyons and crystal clear inland lakes. Rushing rivers drop rapidly from the highlands to the shoreline, creating rapids and dramatic waterfalls. The Coastal Hiking Trail and part of Highway 17 hug Lake Superiorís rugged, rocky coast through the western edge of the park, offering spectacular views of the legendary moody blue waters of Gitchee Gumee. Along the parkís eastern border, the Algoma Central Railway snakes north through Agawa Canyon, enroute to the end of the rail line in Hearst. The ACR will transport and drop off hiking and canoeing adventurers along the way.† The park has an abundance of excellent canoe routes and hiking trails. Moose, black bear, gray wolves, woodland caribou, lynx, brook trout and lake trout all live here. Sea kayaking along the park's Lake Superior coastline is spectacular. This place is the real deal.

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