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Offline TooLucky406

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Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« on: Dec 13, 2011, 02:46 PM »
Just wanted to share some stuff that I was able to use that has really help me out.  I was able to get data from MT FWP Maps and GIS Resource website  and convert it to be compatible with Google Earth (GE).  For Ice Shanty(IS), I figure this particular KML file would be helpful.  The file contain bathymetric or lake contours for many of Montana's lakes.

Please see INSTALLATION PROCESS below for your mobile device and PC/laptop


***UPDATE 2/19/2017***
Bathymetries are now all mobile device freely. In doing so Region 4 bathymetries were smooth/generalize to reduce overall file size.


*** UPDATE 12/28/2015 ***
There are a few new lakes, mainly high mountain lakes added. Again no bathymetric for Region 6.

Bathymetric kml are separated by Montana FWP administrative regions . Please see below picture for reference.


 



DOWNLOAD HERE (Zipfile called MontanaBathymetry2015)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/o1ci676ls4g93p4/MontanaBathymetry2015.zip?dl=0

*Due to this being a free file hosting service, it has a limit on how many downloads the files can have . If you are not able to download it, likely it has reach the maximum download and you will have to wait until next month* In some instances, try to remove all cache files on your internet browser and allow all cookies and popups to show up in your internet settings.




Please NOTE, that the best way to use these KML files is to look for contour "breaks," "points," "sunken islands," etc. per your fish species you are targeting to get the maximum use, rather then for depth navigation only. Some bathymetries are better then other. For the original dataset, head over to Montana FWP Maps and GIS Resource website.

You will need Google Earth software/app install. In some cases, additional app such as "KMLZ to Earth Explorer" will be needed for your mobile device. All apps and software are FREE.


INSTALLATION PROCESS is for PC/Laptop but similar to mobile device. Only difference is you will select the kml file first then request the kml to open in Google Earth for mobile device.

1)SCAN the zip file before opening it, to make sure no virus is attach to the zip.  I have already scan it with three different anti-virus software, but you can never be too safe.

2)Once unzipped/extracted, save it (somewhere you will remember)

3)Open Google Earth. Once GE is running, Go to File => Open=> Go to the location of the .kml files => SELECT ONE kml files at a time. Selecting all KML files will delay the opening of the the files and even crash Google Earth. => Either double click the KML or select the KML and then click OPEN.

 4)There will be a delay while the .kml file open. Most of the time it will auto-zoom to the boundary of the FWP region in which the bathymetric lies.

5)Zoom in to your favorite lake to see if there is a bathymetric for that lake.  Again, this data came from MT FWP so whatever lake is on there, is the only data that they currently have.

** Add new feature to the kml, where you can click on the bathymetric line and it will pop-up the lake's name(some lakes might not have names) and depth(in feet).


Maps (These are some maps that I have already done, so you can have an idea of how to use the .kml file)

Ashely Lake



Lake Mary Ronan



Georgetown Lake



Offline fishinwithbrittanies

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #1 on: Dec 13, 2011, 03:19 PM »
thats wicked!
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Offline Krakkon

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #2 on: Dec 13, 2011, 04:00 PM »
that is neater than ****! Do they have the western half of peck? I have the  navionics contour map for my Hummingbird on the boat but as far as I know they still dont have the contour lines for anything past Hellcreek...

Offline Mt.Bucket

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #3 on: Dec 13, 2011, 04:11 PM »
Nice work.
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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #4 on: Dec 13, 2011, 05:24 PM »
Excellent excellent excellent!
Any for Lake 5?
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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #5 on: Dec 13, 2011, 05:33 PM »
Thats cool!  How does one find more lakes in MT?

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #6 on: Dec 13, 2011, 05:59 PM »
Dude, You Freaken Rock!!!  Thank you very much. 
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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #7 on: Dec 13, 2011, 06:14 PM »
TL406... Nice!

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #8 on: Dec 13, 2011, 06:23 PM »
That is awesome........been looking for something exactly like this.....!!!

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #9 on: Dec 13, 2011, 07:12 PM »
Now THATS a productive post!!!

Thank You!
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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #10 on: Dec 13, 2011, 07:16 PM »
All the ones I could use arnt avaliable.... :'(

Offline TooLucky406

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #11 on: Dec 13, 2011, 07:57 PM »
Sorry guys for the late reply, but all those that has PM me has either been sent the kml file or an email stating that I need an email from you in order to send you the file.  This is the only way thus far that I know how to send it to people.  As far as the data goes, I was very disappointed that the Helena change of lakes weren't include in the data, but can't complain too much when its "FREE" data/software!!!  Also, it looks as though the data is less appearant in Eastern Montana too.

*** FYI...because the zip file is 10MB, email might take awhile to get through the system too.  I will look into other alternatives, only had an hour to come up with all this!! ***

Offline indrut

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #12 on: Dec 13, 2011, 08:00 PM »
Thats cool, I didn't realize some of those lakes were that deep.

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #13 on: Dec 13, 2011, 08:12 PM »
Works great thanks Tolucky! There really aren't any for central to eastern part of the state but looks like it will be great for you guys that fish the western part....

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #14 on: Dec 13, 2011, 08:32 PM »
Nice! Thanks for the simple instructions, very easy to follow!

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #15 on: Dec 13, 2011, 09:34 PM »
Thanks TooLucky, got it figured out  and it works awesome!!!  But, like the others said.......nothing in the Central part of the state......I'm sure they're updating that file all the time though so we'll keep our fingers crossed. 

Thanks Again and Good Fishing............

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #16 on: Dec 13, 2011, 10:12 PM »
Can you please put a little yellow flag in the locations where I should drill my holes  ;D

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #17 on: Dec 14, 2011, 01:03 PM »
Hey Guys,
For some reason I can't PM. Would somebody plz email me those zipped files? Thanks,  drakekeller@hotmail.com

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #18 on: Dec 14, 2011, 01:30 PM »
 Think you need like a minimum of five posts before you can PM and access the  MT Ice Fishing Conditions too, but I sent you the zipfile.

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #19 on: Dec 14, 2011, 02:10 PM »
Thanks for the kml and thanks for making this available.

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #20 on: Dec 14, 2011, 02:31 PM »
No problem....just glad to share something people can use!

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #21 on: Dec 14, 2011, 02:32 PM »
Very Nice Information!!!!!   PM on the way with my email.  You will always have a cold beer with your name on it if I see you on the ice!

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #22 on: Dec 14, 2011, 02:41 PM »
Thanks!  I'm a Kettlehouse guy, so Cold Smoke would be great....hint, hint!!!!

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #23 on: Dec 14, 2011, 02:47 PM »
Just installed it.  Easy install.  Good instructions.  Works great!  Thanks again.

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #24 on: Dec 14, 2011, 05:51 PM »
Worked great, Thanks. Very easy install

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #25 on: Dec 14, 2011, 07:23 PM »
Good Info!!!

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #26 on: Dec 14, 2011, 08:48 PM »
can you please send me whiskeycokes99@gmail.com

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #27 on: Dec 14, 2011, 10:21 PM »
All those that has PM me has been sent the kml file.  If you have not received it yet, then please PM me again and I DO need an email please!  Thanks!

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #28 on: Dec 14, 2011, 11:39 PM »
Nice post, thanks waiting for zip

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Re: Google Earth Bathymetric/Contour Maps
« Reply #29 on: Dec 15, 2011, 09:54 AM »
Thank you this will be very handy, especially if I can make it work on my phone !!!!!!

 



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