How to find some hidden gems?

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cookshot

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I want to find some lakes/ponds that are off the beaten path. I just moved back to the valley (in Banks right now) and I know there has to be some water in the forest between here and the coast. I bought a map from the forest grove forestry department, but It's not what I'm looking for. Since there are no ranger stations or anything over here, I don't know where to get a good map like you would get for a wilderness. If anyone could help that would be great.
 
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There are some good topographic websites that provide good detail. Do a search on OFF for "topo" and you'll come across a few that are recommended by our users.
 
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If you're out by Banks, I would try Tillamook State Forest. There are miles of logging roads that wind through there, and most of the timber companies have very detailed maps of areas they are working or plan to work, including streams and other water bodies. How to get ahold of said maps is another question. However, a friend of mine uses a software program he purchased at Dick's Sporting goods that is put out by National Geographic, I think. It's specifically tailored to Oregon, and allows you to print your own topo maps and customize features you want highlighted or included with each print. I thought he was a little nuts for getting it because it's kinda spendy ($99.99) until we used some of the maps he printed. I've never seen a better map, and you can zoom in pretty close on a certain area to print giving you a good picture of where you want to go. It also syncs with certain hand-held GPS units so you can download maps and pre-programmed routes directly into your GPS, if you use one. It also worked great for deer season, giving us a much better picture of unfamiliar terrain.

The other thing that comes to mind is calling the ODFW biologist assigned to the region you're in. You'd be surprised how much information they can give you that you'd never get anywhere else. The nature of their job requires them to be in the field a lot, so they get to know an area pretty well. I think you can get the name and number for the office in your area from ODFW's website. The trick is catching them while they're in the office. Good luck!
 
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All this info is good! I'm going to look into that map for sure.
 
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The best topo map (in my opinion) is national map viewer (National Map Viewer) but it is a personnal preference more for hiking but I think it may help in those off-the-beaten-path locations.
 
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Google Earth. It scares me to know that all those little farm ponds and lakes around the valley are easily found via Google Earth.
 
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The major problem I have had with Google Earth is that there are no stream, lake, or pond names. So when you see a body of water, it may be a seasonal pond, or just flooded when they took that particular picture.
 
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