Geographic Information Services
Director: Geoff Almvig
Locate Yourself And Interact With Maps On A Mobile Device: Have you ever wished you could see your location on a topographic map? We now offer the ability for you to do just that using your mobile device. Introducing the Avenza Maps application. The Avenza Map application provides a number of mapping features including the ability to view your position on the County’s topographic maps; even while you are disconnected from cellular service. Many maps in this application have a fee to them; however, maps made by our department are all free to download. Pick the associated links to learn more about the application; specifically, how it works, features, and frequently asked questions.
How To View Topographic Maps Using Avenza Maps:To get started viewing County topographic maps, follow these instructions:
- Download the App: Download the Avenza Map application from “Google Play” or the “Apple App” store to your mobile device. Once the application is installed, you will need to load a map of the area you plan to visit. The first time you open Avenza Map it will ask you to “sign in”; however, you don’t need to sign in to use the application.
- Download A Topographic Map: From your web browser on your mobile device, pick this link to open a list of Skagit County’s Topographic Maps. The Topographic Maps will be named 2018 Skagit Topo followed by the USGS Quadrangle Name. For example, picking the “2018 Skagit Topo Marblemount” would pull up the Marblemount topographic map on the web page. Now pick the map you’re interested in by picking the “Free” shopping cart icon. You will be prompted to “Open in the Avenza Maps”. Select “Open” and the select the “Free” button followed by the “Install Now” button. The map will now be installed onto your mobile device. This may take a few minutes depending on your internet/cellular connection speed. To assist with finding the map you may be interested in downloading pick this link which will open the cover sheet (PDF) for the Topographic maps. At the bottom of the sheet is an index with the sheet names.
- Viewing Maps: While you are still in the “Avenza Map” application, pick “My Maps” in the lower left corner of the application followed by picking the map you just downloaded. The map will open and, if you are within the map extent, a blue dot will show up where you are standing (your GPS position). The application also has some fun tools you can access in the lower left corner; including, adding way points.
Have Fun and Be Careful. These maps are not for reference only. They are designed to give the user a general idea of where they are in the wilderness. They are not designed to show hazardous areas or other dangers associated with using maps.