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The website has
not been updated in a while, but fortunately this in not an indication
of ongoing mapping activities.
The final 3D animations
are being rendered for Barkley Lake North, which will allow release
of this set by the end of the week. The projected acreage for this
area is approximately 3000 acres.
has been spent sidescanning Big Sandy South. One more data collection
trip is necessary, then that will be ready to be processed. The acreage
covered will be approximately 4000 acres.
We plan to have
the Big Sandy South ready for the "All-American Sportmen's Expo"
at Paris Landing convention center on 22 & 23 October, 2005.
is now listed for sale online at TN
Outdoor Sales (product code KLJCSS) or you can use the mail-in
form link from the product page here.
The Barkley North
status map is shown to the right. This will be an area of 2700 acres
in size. It will be the high resolution topo and 3D animated flythrough
This product will
be ready very soon. The area is now complete in the data acquisition
phase. We are working up the imagery now. This set will be be of interest
to bass, catfish, and crappie fishermen.
We will be sidescanning
the southern portion of Big Sandy this Summer and possibly topo mapping
the Cypress/Harmon Creek area of KY Lake in Tennessee. That area needs
good water levels, so that will have to happen very soon.
Things have been
quite hectic and the Jonathan release has been delayed. Some commercial
jobs have superceded lake mapping activities and we have also started
on the Barkley North Topo and 3D data collection. The window of time
will Summer pool water levels is rapdly going away. This level is
critical given the shallow conditions in that part of the lake.
Jonathan is very
near completion as I have told numerous people. I really appreciate
the patience of those waiting for that one since the release has been
pushed back a few times.
of Jonathan is now complete. It will take a couple of weeks to work
up all the data plus generate all new topo maps for the area. The
overall topo coverage has increased dramatically to match the sidescan
If you would like
to be notified as soon as the data is available, just email us at
with a simple note to be notified.
of Jonathan is nearly complete. The image on the right represents
the area of coverage. Very shallow areas could not be sidescanned.
Jonathan Creek is well underway. The winds of Spring make mapping
activities hit and miss. A status map will be added to the right side
in the next day or so to show the area of coverage so far.
Look for the sidescan
of Jonathan to be available for post-spawn crappie in May/June.
Crappie are spawning
on KY lake RIGHT NOW!
will be sidescanning a large portion of Jonathan creek as weather
allows. We have received many comments about that area this Winter
and have put that on the fast track. The next major project following
that activity will be to finish topo mapping Barkley North.
For those that
have the Outdoor Channel, Kentucky HydroGrafx has generated a few
3D animations that are used in the Classic
Patterns fishing show. Episodes that relate to terrain structure
fishing may include those clips. See www.outdoorchannel.com
for the show schedule.
Blood River Sidescan data is now available just in time for the early
Spring pre-spawn activity.
Now available to order online at TN
Click Here to jump
directly to the product page for the new Blood River Sidescan set.
See our price list on the on the Purchase
We are currently
processing the Blood River Sidescan Data. All the sidescan data has
been collected. We need about 2 hours worth of supplemental depth
data to generate the final set of topo maps. This set will include
nearly 3000 acres of information for Blood River.
this year will be topo & 3d mapping of Barkley Lake near the dam.
Great News!! The
new Big Sandy North Sidescan
data is now available. Click above to jump directly to the product
page for the new set.
View the Order
Form / Price List.
If you already
own Big Sandy North, be sure to see the upgrade discount form.
The new product
will be added to TN Outdoor
Sales for online order in a few days.
The CD Files for
Big Sandy North Sidescan are now complete. The product page will be
built and posted to the website by late Monday evening.
26 , 2004
We are finally
making good progress in compiling the Sidescan data for Big Sandy.
Lots of planning with data management was needed even after all the
sidescan data was collected given the vast area covered.
2 nights of sidescanning
will complete the Big Sandy North area. It will take a couple of weeks
to work up the data into a final product. Unusually persistent rainshowers
and storms have delayed work activities as usual!
Blood River is
now 75% sidescanned and the northern portion of Big Sandy is 80% complete.
These very large areas require near calm winds to complete sidescanning.
We still hope to have the Big Sandy sidescan product available by
late this month.
mapping of the Barkley area mentioned below will be initiated this
month. It will go much faster than sidescanning since wind is less
of a factor.
has been made in sidescanning of Big Sandy north and Blood River.
The shallow portions were scanned first to take advantage of the summer
pool levels. Thousands of structural items are already evident with
many more be revealed once scanning is complete. Look for Big Sandy
north to be available by latter August with Blood River following
near the dam will receive much needed attention when we start topo
mapping just east of the canal. This will be initiated in early August
are well underway now that the weather is settling down. A large portion
of Eagle Creek and the Junction of the Big Sandy River/TN River has
been done........ Continued on Current
June 26, 2004
are well underway now that the weather is settling down. A large portion
of Eagle Creek and the Junction of the Big Sandy River/TN River has
been done. This will continue for another few weeks in that area.
Over 3000 acres of Big Sandy will be sidescanned north of the powerline
will likely occur in Blood River and Jonathan Cr.
We are targeting
2 key areas for topo mapping this Summer. The northern end of Barkley
lake will get attention, plus lots of work scheduled for the TN portion
of Kentucky Lake
April 1 , 2004
will fire up again very soon for the 2004 season. We are targeting
2 key areas for topo mapping this Spring/Summer. The northern end
of Barkley lake will get attention, plus lots of work scheduled for
the TN portion of Kentucky Lake. After lots of excellent comments
by fishermen through email and boat show visitors, we have decided
on the areas mentioned above.
will make up the remainder of the time this season, with the next
sidescanned area to include one of the Big Sandy areas.
See our Product
Page for the full list of areas already re-mapped.
February 2, 2004
More sample clips
have been added of the new Kentucky Lake NE Sidescan Series. See the
KY Lake NE SS page for
that set to link to more cool images.
January 14, 2004
News! The first installment of a new SIDESCAN SERIES is finally complete.
A new Kentucky Lake Northeast SS set is available. See the product
page of that set for more information.
It has just been
added for ONLINE
order at TN Outdoor Sales.
This product was
premiered at the West KY Boat & Outdoor show with an excellent
response from both casual and professional fishermen.
been delayed for a few weeks due to the less than ideal weather. Only
2 more calm nights are needed to do the shorelines of the bays listed
Winter time is knocking
on the door here so any decent weather will be welcome. It's the wind
that causes so many problems.
When the first Sidescan
product is complete, it will include the following bays in KY Lake:
Barnett, Vickers, Savells, Rhodes, Higgins, Sugar, Duncan, and Smith.
October 22, 2003
continue into November. We are currently covering the Duncan & Smith
Bay vicinity. Those bays are high priority at the moment since the "refuge"
portions will be closed on 1 November. Savells has been scanned along
with a portion of Rhodes.
As you may have
guessed....YES, you will be able to use these images with mapping software
to program key areas into your GPS.
If you haven't seen
the few test images, click here
13, 2003 (Continued from Homepage)
We have been introducing
the sidescan product idea for nearly 11 months now. Our
intention is to sidescan as much of the previously mapped areas as possible
over the next 2 - 2.5 months. While the hardware and software to compile
the imagery is quite expensive, the data collection time is more efficient
than our conventional topo map creation techniques.
At the moment, we
plan to sidescan the "KY Lake East Side Bays North" area first.
We may do one of the areas in Big Sandy (north or south) this Fall also
if time permits. This will cover an area that bass fishermen key on
for Fall fishing and a major crappie area in Tennessee.
If everything goes
as planned, the sidescan products will include near full bottom coverage
of the previously re-mapped areas, plus shoreline imagery. It is likely
we will scan further back in the bays to detect structure on the flats.
The sidescan images will be merged with aerial photography, plus an
overlay of our high accuracy contours (lines only, no fill color).
As you may have
guessed....YES, you will be able to use these images with the mapping
software to program key areas into your GPS.
If you haven't seen
the few test images, click here
progresses, we will frequently post numerous snapshots of interesting
features we encounter. This will be post on or linked to from our homepage.
August 15, 2003
The new Kentucky
Lake Northwest set is now complete and ready to ship. I have several
pre-orders that will go out on 16 August.
product has been added to the price list to order by mail. This
item has also been added to the TN
Outdoor Sales site for online orders.
I am one mapping
night away from completing data collection activities on what will be
called "Kentucky Lake Northwest". This area includes the most
dynamic secondary channel visited by Kentucky HydroGrafx, to date. This
area is tucked against the western banks of Kentucky Lake and is sheltered
from West and Southwest winds.
If you would like
to be notified as soon as this series is available, just send an email
to us and mention something about "adding to the list".
P.S. -- Our sidescan
is now repaired and we will be focusing on that kind of imagery immediately
following the release of "Kentucky Lake Northwest".
6 July 2003
is going very well for the Big Bear area. We have covered about 50%
of the total area to be inluded in the new series. The Secondary channel
has some of the most interesting terrain features of any secondaries
Kentucky HydroGrafx has re-mapped. There are thousands of feet of very
steep drops with an abundance of woody cover near or on the slopes of
the drops. This set will likely be titled "Kentucky Lake Northwest",
and will include near full coverage of Big Bear Bay, plus the secondary
channel that leads from that area to the north. That channel finally
intercepts the Tennessee River. The smaller bays on the west side of
that channel will also be re-mapped. This will include Little Bear.
While we have yet
to start sidescanning anything on a large scale, we scanned a bit of
the Big Bear secondary and it revealed what the conventional sonar was
showing. LOTS of cover adjacent to key terrain features.
We also discovered
a malfunction in the sidescan sonar and it will have to be sent off
for repair or replacement. This shouldn't cause a problem since we were
targeting August to start full blown sidescan data collection. Hopefully,
it will be back well before the date we planned to initiate that activity.
22 June 2003
activities have finally resumed with the influx of more stable weather.
The water levels are behaving now and the winds are light most evenings.
The first stop this
year is the Big Bear area of Kentucky Lake. This is near the Dam and
rich with dynamic terrain features. Little Bear Creek and other small
bays will likely be mapped along with the major secondary channel nearby.
The first data of
the new area was recorded on 21 June 2003. It will take many trips to
cover the acreage in that part of the lake. Final products will include
a rather large section of maps for the Northwestern portion of Kentucky
Lake. The extreme detail that Kentucky HydroGrafx is known for will
be well represented in the next set.
If mapping activities
go smoothly, we hope to have the new product set available by latter
July just in time for upcoming Fall tournaments.
The remainder of
the year will likely be spent sidescanning previously mapped areas.
We are extremely excited about the acquisition of a new sidescan sonar.
Testing will continue throughout July and full image collection will
begin in early August.
8 February 2003
are currently inactive in the data collection side of things right now.
We are working several boat shows this winter and look foward to seeing
you if one of those shows is in your neighborhood.
will resume when the weather warms up. This will likely be around April.
The target area at that time will be the northern portion of Kentucky
Lake. This will included Big Bear & Little Bear bays and other associated
bays in that area. It will also include the secondary channels from
there to the dam.
We have done some
testing with sidescan sonar and found that it has a very interesting
capability of displaying structure on the lake bottom. A sidescan sonar
will be acquired some time in the Spring. We may spend a large portion
of the Summer sidescanning the areas that have been previously re-mapped.
If you get a chance
to here one of the seminars we are presenting at the boat shows, you
will see some of the test images from the sidescan sonar.
8 December 2002
are still active in the Big Sandy portion of KY Lake. A large area south
of the powerline is now targeted with field data collection nearing
completion. Cold weather is delaying the final collection activity.
This set will be available as soon as possible, but it is difficult
to pin down a firm completion date.
I have added a heater
to the boat to make the nights more bearable. Still have to be picky
based on wind conditions.
Here to see a map image depicting the area of coverage for the new
Big Sandy (south) set.
30 November 2002
All energy is focused
on completing the Big Sandy (south) imagery. Data collection activities
are still underway in some of the warmer nights of late Fall. The nights
aren't too warm at the moment!
This area is typified
by the very dynamic, meandering nature of the Big Sandy River. While
the tall, steep ledges of the northern set are now left behind, miles
of the structure layden channel of the old river are very much dominant
many miles south. Big Sandy has, by far, the most woody structure seen
of all areas mapped by Kentucky HydroGrafx. While a significant portion
of this may be manmade, there is apparently lots of natural stumps still
hanging onto the old "river bank".
miles of river channel will be included in the new imagery. A significant
chunk of West Sandy has also been re-mapped. The most unique features
are 2 old drainage ditches. One in West Sandy and the other is adjacent
to the Big Sandy river. Once the topos are generated, you will be able
to tell which side of the ditch the spoil was placed when these ditches
The new segment
will extend from just north of the powerline, approximately 5.75 miles
south. The southern extent will likely be 36d 17.5m N latitude. While
this is still about 3.5 miles north of the most upstream reach of the
bay, it will include the most important area in need of more map detail.
The channel location is usually quite accurate on the old TVA charts
toward the backs of most bays. One exception would include the high
siltation rates that exist where the moving waters of the stream now
meet the calm waters of the reservoir. In those areas, little terrain
detail exists and the original channel is very difficult to find (if
A well formed "delta"
can be seen on aerial photography depicting the upper end of Big Sandy.
This delta is visible as far as 1.5 miles north of the highway bridge
west of Big Sandy, TN.
15 November 2002
Trio" map series has just been released. This includes map imagery
for Standing Rock, Leatherwood, and Hurricane creeks in the Tennessee
portion of Kentucky Lake.
Active data collection
is focused on Big Sandy, south of the powerline. Weather delays have
set back the completion date. We hope to have data collection activities
done by the end of November with the new set of maps available by mid-December.
12 October 2002
We are still working
on the new imagery for the 3 KY lake bays (Standing Rock, Hurricane,
& Leatherwood). Since time is running out to collect data in Big
Sandy, work has shifted to that location. All the necessary data has
been collected for the 3 east side bays in Tennessee, just a bit more
office time is necessary to complete that set.
29 September 2002
Most of the data
has been collected for Standing Rock, Leatherwood, and Hurricane Bays
in the Tennessee portion of Kentucky Lake. One more visit to each location
will result in all the data necessary to generate the new images. These
bays could be considered "medium" sized bays and the topography
is fairly typical of the acreage.
Larger bays tend
to have dynamic terrain farther back into them than small bays. Leatherwood
had a very interesting roadbed as well as some well defined ledges in
the interior portions. Standing Rock has many features both bass and
crappie fisherman will find interesting. Several good looking ledges
and creek channel drops were revealed that older maps didn't indicate
Look for these images
to be available within 10 days or so.
26 September 2002
As you probably
noticed on the homepage, the newest addition "Kentucky Lake East
Side Bays (south)" is now available. Attention has now focused
on a few of the bays south of the Hwy. 79 bridge in Tennessee. Data
has already been collected in Hurricane and Leatherwood. As soon as
the remnants of the tropical storm leave the area, data will be collected
in Standing Rock bay. This imagery will not take long to process once
I get the final data collected.
The final re-mapping
of the year will take place in the southern half of Big Sandy. A large
area south of the powerline will be visited. This includes West Sandy
and a very large section of the old Big Sandy River channel. The re-mapped
area will likely encompass around 2000-2400 acres. The Big Sandy (north)
dataset was approximately 2400 acres for comparison.
The time spent in
Big Sandy will likely consume most of October and spill-over into November.
The new imagery may be available by mid-latter November.
most cases, each bay will be re-mapped and modeled to reveal the most
intricate details of the terrain below the surface. Plans are to survey
the outer half of each bay completely to where the creek leaving a particular
bay meets the Tennessee River channel. Bays that have dynamic terrain
toward the back may be re-surveyed with near complete coverage.
19 September 2002
The newest addition
to the Kentucky HydroGrafx family of map imagery is only "finishing
touches" away from availability. Extra time has been spent working
out the kinks for a very dramatic improvement to the 3d views of the
re-mapped areas. The 3d images will now be "animated" fly
through views with re-mapped portions appearing as real water, dirt,
sunshine and even ripples on the water. Unless problems arise the "finishing
touches" should be completed by late this evening with the new
disks available for purchase no later than 21 September.
1 September 2002
All the necessary
depth data has been collected in Rushing, Ginger, Clay, Tischel, Byrd,
Hughes, & Panther bays. It will take about 10 days or so to generate
all the images associated with those areas. Bass fisherman may get good
use out of the new map images since it includes many of the key areas
that hold smallmouth. Crappie fisherman can now clearly see ledges and
points that typically don't received a lot of fishing pressure since
many don't like to cross the main lake in windy conditions. Please note,
this data set will include east side bays that are in Tennessee plus
some secondary channels on the west side (in Kentucky).
will next focus on a few bays south of the Hwy. 79 bridge in Tennessee.
Hurricane, Leatherwood, and Standing Rock bays will be mapped in the
next couple of weeks. Once that is done, another large chunk of Big
Sandy will be completed south of the power line.
22 August 2002
Data has now been
collected in Byrd Bay, Hughes and a portion of Panther. Additional data
will be collected in Panther nearly wrapping up what is necessary to
generate the next set of imagery. I have decided to abort data collection
in Piney bay. Existing TVA maps show the details fairly well, although
some of the Piney creek channel in the open water may be of interest
when the winds will allow fishing that area. I will wait for some input
from fishermen and may visit that area again in the future.
I am targeting about
the 10th - 15th of September for the new stuff to be available. This
will include Rushing, Ginger, Clay, Tischel, Byrd, Hughes, and Panther
Bays. Also included will be most of the secondary channels between Blood
River and Cypress Bay on the west side.
I am also working
on a very dramatic improvement to the 3d imagery for these areas. It
will likely be in the form of an animated movie (avi files) that has
a photorealistic appearance. I have the ability to depict the models
with dirt, water, sun, and even waves, then "fly through"
the area as if in an airplane. The areas mapped will by shown with reduced
water levels (<20 feet below summer pool) to give us an idea what
it would look like if the dam were to break. Pretty interesting stuff.
Those who attended the seminars at the 2002 Outdoor show in Murray were
shown a few images like that.
15 August 2002
Good progress has
been made, but recent weather (wind/storms) has delayed activities this
past week. The next bays to map are Byrd and Hughes. I am trying very
hard to get those done along with Panther and Piney. I want to get the
products available by mid-September for those interested in fishing
some of the Fall tournaments.
Data has already
been collected in the major secondary channels between Blood River and
Cypress Bay. The imagery for those areas will be included with the maps
for the areas (Rushing to Piney) mentioned above.
Map images of Standing
Rock, Leatherwood, and Hurricane will likely be an independent set.
Once the imagery has been created for a
group of between 5 -8 bays, that information will be available for purchase
on CD-Rom. If you would like to be notified when those segments are
complete, just email us at Kentucky
HydroGrafx and we will add you to our email list for News and New