We’ve created 1:13,100 stream maps for all of the towns in western Massachusetts, overlaid on the NHSP core habitat/watershed layers. Click on the town to bring up the map in PDF format (each map varies in size from about 600 KB to 2.4 MB). They’re not beautiful (the limitations of the creaky ArcExplorer software we used in 2006 ensure that), but they are useful.
NOTE: LIVING WATERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AS A KML DOWNLOAD FOR GOOGLE EARTH. SEE LINK IN MASS RESOURCES MENU IN SIDEBAR.
Map Reading Suggestions
Most streams found flowing through the NHSP watersheds (magenta-gray areas), or upstream of them, should be pretty good trout habitat, if they’re cold enough. I venture most such streams in the coverage area should therefore be good candidates for wild trout streams. However, there will be some wild trout streams that aren’t in the NHSP areas and vice versa (nothing’s perfect).
You’ll want to use these maps in combination with the National Map and Google Earth. Stream names on these maps come from a separate layer than the stream flow lines. You’ll note many streams aren’t named (you can figure it out from the National Map, or 1:25,000 topo map), and occasionally there’s a stream name, but no line (the stream really should be there, where the name database had an entry, but the flowline db didn’t.).
PLEASE NOTE: A NUMBER OF WILD TROUT STREAMS IN THE CONNECTICUT RIVER BASIN ARE BEING STOCKED WITH ATLANTIC SALMON FINGERLINGS. SALMON PARR RESEMBLE BROWN TROUT. WE HOPE YOU’RE PRACTICING CATCH AND RELEASE ANYWAY, BUT BY LAW YOU MUST RELEASE ALL SALMON PARR. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE HERE.