An orienteering map is like a USGS topo map on steroids!

Somewhat like standard topographic or hiking trail maps, but bigger (at finer scale), better (far more mapped features), more accurate and more up-to-date, orienteering maps are among the most detailed topographic maps available, and they take significant skill and time to make.

Maps are generally owned (and copyrighted) by the Orienteering USA club nearest that terrain, and these clubs often make their maps available for a small fee to outdoor enthusiasts, educators and land managers, in addition to their primary use as the basis for the local and national orienteering competitions they host.

Orienteering USA can help clubs with several aspects of creating high quality orienteering maps. These aspects include:

  • Land Access: Gaining and preserving access to public and private lands
  • Map Making: Creating and maintaining orienteering maps
  • Map Usage: Best practice guidelines for using club maps for national and local events as well as for permanent courses

Other resource pages include information about maps, funding, and mapper training. Also, as an aid to finding someone to produce maps for you and/or your club, we've assembled a list of mappers who've requested their names be added to our site. We offer this list for your convenience and are not responsible for anything other than providing contact information.

For those mapping with OCAD, we can provide an OCAD version of the Orienteering USA logo. The file contains instructions on how to use the logo on your map.

For information beyond that provided on the detailed pages under these categories, or to suggest ways Orienteering USA can better facilitate map making and access, feel free to email the Orienteering USA Mapping Coordinator, Greg Lennon. [greg_lennon [at] orienteeringusa [dot] org]