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Lost Stream Map
The story of how the first stream and lake map came into being begins with the late Howard Higbee, who spent 30 years drawing a map that became known to anglers as the "Lost Stream Map."
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Professor Higbee'sŪ Stream & Lake Maps

"The Higbee map is the only existing detailed record of all streams and tributaries for Pennsylvania."
--The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

"With detail this complete, it is amazing to find small bodies of water near home that you never knew existed."
--Bruce Dawson
Dayton Daily News, Dayton, Ohio

"Never before or since has anyone created such a detailed mapping of waterways anywhere."
--John Bartlett
Erie Times News, Erie, Pennsylvania

"Product quality exceeded expectations. Superior customer service."
--K. Okimoto
Keaau, HI

"Excellent customer service, friendly and polite, shipping was immediate, very happy with the product."
--K. Brown
Red Bluff, CA

"Great map! Now I know where hubby will be fishing!"
--B. Johnson
Redding, CA

"The Stream Map of Pennsylvania includes every running waterway in the state, some of which are not indicated on existing maps."
--PA Department of Environmental Resources

"While it is a useful tool for locating streams, the Stream Map of Pennsylvania also makes a great addition to a den wall. It's also something to be passed down generation to generation."
--Jerry Packo
Scranton Sunday Times, Scranton, Pennsylvania

"The detail is impressive. Without a doubt the most complete stream map of Pennsylvania ever published. Mine looks great on the wall."
--Joe Humphreys
Author of Joe Humphreys Trout Tactics

"Professor Higbee's Streams of New England belongs on the den wall of every freshwater angler and paddler in the region."
--Tom Meade
Providence-Journal-Bulletin, Providence, Rhode Island

"To confirm the authenticity..."

"Lost Stream Map was printed across the envelope. I had never heard of such an item. Was it some kind of fad product to motivate the gullible fishing fraternity and make quick bucks for the publisher? To confirm the authenticity of the printer's claim, I made some personal checks. I was reared in Lancaster County. A major stream flowing into the Susquehanna is the Conestoga which has a tributary called the Cocalico. It appears on the map. But there is more - the small stream that flowed through our meadow is a tributary of the Cocalico. That small waterway too is on the map. A check of Lehigh County boldly shows the Jordan Creek. But the Hassen Creek, Jordan's tributary, also is marked on Higbee's map. I was satisfied with the map, in my judgement, is credible and worth a fisherman's buck."
--George Harting
Parkland Press

"Fantastic bargain, quick shipping, product as described."
--D. Wilcox
SanJose, CA

"Beautiful map, great packaging, quick shipping, very happy!"
--F. Snyder Jr.
Moon Township, PA

"Great product. I'm goin' fishin'."
--C. Charletville
St Louis, MO

"My favorite version is a special heavy-gauge laminated edition"

"Professor Higbee's Stream Map of New Jersey has so many lakes, ponds and streams that it looks like Minnesota. My favorite version is a special heavy-gauge laminated edition that you can write on (and wipe off). It has brass eyelets for hanging, which is what it's doing in my office."
--Jim Stabile
Outdoor Writer

"...without question the finest."

"If you're looking for the most definitive maps ever created depicting every single creek, river, stream, pond and lake, then 'Professor Higbee's Stream Maps' are without question the finest."
--Howard Brant
Newark Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey

"...a valuable tool."

"Professor Higbee's Stream Map of New Jersey has exceptional detail of over 850 inland lakes and 8,300 miles of rivers and streams and measures 2.5 by 3 feet in size. Even some of the smallest streams are included. Fishermen, hunters and waterfowlers will find it a valuable tool."
--Ralph Knisell
Outdoor Writer

"I use it all the time for reference."

"According to Dave Wolf of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, 'I have one of the original Higbee Stream Maps of Pennsylvania on my wall behind my desk. It's the best thing available as far as streams are concerned. I use it all the time for reference. I don't know of anything more extensive and it is the most accurate map out there as far as streams are concerned.'"
--Wendy Plowman
The Dillisburg Banner

"Modern technology - there's nothing like it, especially when it comes to producing high quality fishing stream maps like the ones that Larry Seaman and Karl Ings design at Vivid Publishing, Inc."
--Marty Boa
Inside Outdoors

"If you think the age of exploration is past, you haven't seen Dr. Howard Higbee's stream map of Pennsylvania."
--Jack Hubley
Outdoors Editor

"We are blessed here in the Northeast to be within a day or weekend trip of some of the most legendary and fabled trout streams in the country. The lineup includes the Broadhead, Bushkill, Yellow Breeches, Lackawaxen, Dyberry, Falling Springs, LeTort and Pine Creek. There are so many more. The names came to mind upon yesterday's arrival of Professor Higbee's Stream Map of Pennsylvania. It is no ordinary map, nor is the story of its issue."
--Rick Methot
The Home News

"...the most enduring 'lost' legend"

"History is replete with tales of lost civilizations, lost mines, and lost opportunities. In Pennsylvania, the most enduring 'lost' legend - at least for anglers - has been the famous 'Stream Map of Pennsylvania.' Completed in 1965 after a thirty-year effort by Howard Higbee, a former government geologist and Penn State professor, the map was recognized immediately as an invaluable resource."
--Slaton White
Field & Stream Magazine

"From the Lackawaxen to the Lackawanna, the Loyalsock to the Loyalhanna...From Young Woman's Creek to Aunt Clara's Fork, from Slab Cabin and Blue Eye to the Quittapahilla...In light blue script, the haunting names crawl across the surface of Howard W. Higbee's map - marking 45,000 miles of Pennsylvania waterways that snake across the state like the veins of a vast circulatory system."
--Michael Ruane
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"I've been searching for a copy of the Stream Map of Pennsylvania for over 10 years."

"Even the President of Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, William Kodrich, is quoted as saying, 'I've been searching for a copy of the Stream Map of Pennsylvania for over 10 years.'"
--Fish and Game Finder Magazine

"...rare fisherman's possession"

"The ultimate in Pennsylvania Stream Maps. Long thought to be irreproducible, this rare fisherman's possession is now updated and back-in-print."
--Potter Leader

"watershed boundaries"

"The stream map also shows watershed boundaries, more important to conservationists than governmental boundaries."
--Tom Meade
Sports Writer, Journal-Bulletin

"...secured in a mailing tube to be removed only in a dire emergency"

"The map helped me locate obscure but productive streams for tiny native brook trout as well as some of the better known streams outside my native Chester County. The map helped me locate the Conodoguinet Creek right here in Cumberland County in 1966. I had read an article about the fine smallmouth fishing and had to give it a try. When I went away to school at Penn State, the map went along. I located many fine streams in and around Centre County which helped a country boy get through an experience that severely limited his outdoor adventures. With my subsequent relocations around the state due to employment, the map became quite tattered and worn as it helped me plan periodic escapes. In recent years, my copy has been secured in a mailing tube to be removed only in a dire emergency because I had found that the maps were no longer in production. Now, Thanks to Vivid Publishing, Inc., I have a brand-new (updated) stream map to help me in my search and experience missions."
--Jim Rottmund
Outdoor Writer

"...a lost treasure map found and restored"

"This is something that could have come from Indiana Jones by way of National Geographic: a lost treasure map found and restored. In this case the treasure isn't buried. It's all above ground, or most of it is, and it's there for the taking. The treasure is 45,000 miles of Pennsylvania trout streams, and the map is a 3-foot-by-5-foot wonder, the legendary Stream Map of Pennsylvania. The map, completed in 1965 was a 30-year labor of love by Howard Higbee, a former government geologist and retired Penn State professor."
--David Rossie
Press & Sun-Bulletin

"This dedicated scholar spent no fewer than 30 years hand-drawing a complete stream map..."

"Howard Higbee, who spend most of his years teaching soils science at Pennsylvania State University, died in 1993 at the ripe old age of 93. However, if you fish streams and rivers you may feel Professor Higbee watching over your shoulder. This dedicated scholar spent no fewer than 30 years hand-drawing a complete stream map of Pennsylvania, including 45,000 miles of rivers, streams and creeks."
--Outdoor Life Magazine

"The map is amazing..."

"The map is amazing because it includes virtually every running waterway in the state, from giant rivers like the Susquehanna to the smallest rivulet, like the Oley Creek."
--George Smith
Times Leader Outdoors Editor

"Every stream is there."

"Howard Higbee never walked on water. But he performed a feat that had fisherman wondering if he could. Higbee developed the legendary Stream Map of Pennsylvania, a chart so detailed that the tiniest and remotest waterways - mere capillaries on the Pennsylvania landscape show up in living color. Every Stream is there. Not a single one is left out!"
--Pennsylvania Trout
Publication of Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited

"...small streams that hold native fish and invite exploration."

"As interesting as the map itself is, the 'Stream Map Location Guide' that comes with it lists all of the map's streams and still waters with 'select trout-fishing waters' in bold-face type. Among Rhode Island's select waters are the Beach Pond, Olney Pond, the Hunt River and several others that rely on state hatcheries for their trout, but there are several more on the map, small streams that hold native fish and invite exploration."
--Tom Meade
Sports Writer, Journal-Bulletin

"...the most comprehensive"

"The Stream Map of New York is the most comprehensive charting of waterways we've ever run across."
--Dave Henderson
The Ithaca Journal

"...I was amazed and speechless."

"The other day a tube came for me. I was pretty sure it was a fishing rod and I knew I hadn't ordered one. When I finally got around to opening it, I was amazed and speechless. It was not a fishing rod - it was a huge map of New York State - 'Professor Higbee's Stream Map of New York', a beautiful, 3.5-foot-by-4.5-foot color map of more than 65,000 miles of streams and over 1,200 inland lakes, on one map. It's the first and only highly detailed map of its kind, plotting virtually every tributary, stream, river and lake in the state."
--Bill Roden
The Post-Star , Glens Falls, NY

"...have gone the Pennsylvania map one better."

"To catch a fish from every one of New York's almost countless lakes, rivers and streams - it's every serious fisherman's dream. Well, maybe it isn't, but it should be. Nonsense, you say, even if a person wanted to, he couldn't, because he couldn't find them all. Not so. With the newly released Stream Map of New York, an angler would need only the time and the determination to complete the quest. In producing the New York map, Ings and Seaman have gone the Pennsylvania map one better. They have added a 40 page guidebook to accompany the map. The book cross references the streams and lakes alphabetically and geographically by sector. It also designates selected streams as outstanding fisheries and notes the species they harbor."
--David Rossie
Press & Sun-Bulletin

"Not a single one is left out."

"I believe that every fishing fan and backpacker will be happy to learn that a rare Pennsylvania stream map is back in print. Howard Higbee spent most of his 30-year career drawing 45,000 miles of Pennsylvania streams onto a 3 by 5 foot map. Then his original drawing and printing plates were lost. It was long thought that the map could not be reproduced, but his rare fisherman possession is now updated and back in print. Every stream is there. Not a single one is left out. This is the so-called 'lost' stream map that many serious fishermen have been searching for."
--Don Lewis
Leader-Times Outdoor Writer

"It's a beaut."

"What inspired this column is 'Professor Higbee's Stream Map of New York,' which shows 65,000 miles of streams and more than 1,200 lakes that grace the Empire State. It's the first highly detailed map of its kind, and it's a beaut. The New York map is crisp, clear and filled with incredible detail."
--Michael Levy
The Buffalo News

"remarkable"

"It's not exactly in the category of the Dead Sea Scrolls. But it is a remarkable example of a great treasure lost, then found. I'm referring to the lost Stream Map of Pennsylvania. I didn't know it had been lost until recently, when I acquired a copy of Howard Higbee's updated version of the original he so painstakingly produced in 1965. It would have sickened me to hear that my well-worn copy of the rare 1965 masterpiece could never be replaced."
--Elmer Anderson
The Times/Beaver Newspapers

"...fishermen interested in finding remote fishing areas can now do so."

"With trout season only a short time away, many fishermen may be dreaming of finding and fishing some remote stream where the only sounds are the rushing water and wind in the pines. Pennsylvania has many such areas but finding them can be a problem for those not familiar with the areas in which these streams are located. Thanks to a recently rediscovered stream map drawn by Dr. Howard Higbee, fishermen interested in finding remote fishing areas can now do so."
--Mike Raykovicz
Southern Tier Outdoors

"This is a unique item to own, one any avid fisherman would enjoy."

"I have a stream map of Pennsylvania that is so detailed that the tiniest and remotest waterways show up in color. It's a 3 foot by 5 foot affair and it's wonderful. This is a unique item to own, one any avid fisherman would enjoy. And Christmas is coming, you know."
--Shirley Grenoble
Outdoors, Altoona Mirror

"...finding out where even that smallest trickle of water originates."

"Whether you're an angler, a geology buff, or just have a penchant for unusual things, Professor Higbee's Stream Map of Pennsylvania may be just the thing you've been looking for. Picture 45,000 miles of Pennsylvania streams carefully drawn on a 3 x 5 foot map, in color, that includes 10,000 miles of waters which support trout. Then add 300 lakes, dams, reservoirs and ponds and you have some idea how extensive and unusual this map really is. Certainly not your run of the mill variety, but a rare production that was 30 years in the making, lost for a while, then reborn through the efforts of a publishing firm in Williamsport, Pa. It wasn't until I talked to some members of Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, and several book authors and publishers that I realized how many fishermen and fanciers had been looking for this 'lost' treasure. I personally spent hours pouring over the hand-drawn composite of topographic maps and aerial photographs that Higbee used in laying out his masterpice. Then my son presented me with a laminated version of the same, and it'll soon grace one of my already overcrowded office walls. When it's too hot, muggy or wet to get out and enjoy the outdoors, you can still do it a little vicariously by pouring over the Stream Map and finding out where even that smallest trickle of water originates."
--Dick Becker
Hershey Chronicle

"Stream map of Pennsylvania is unbelievable."

--Connie Mertz
News Outdoor Writer

"It's in showing where to find small, out-of-the-way trout streams that makes the map such a treasure to the fisherman."

"For almost 30 years, a map has hung on the wall in The Tribune-Democrat sports department. It is more than five feet long, just under three feet high, and shows virtually every waterway in Pennsylvania from the biggest rivers to the tiniest tributaries. The location of the sports department has changed many times in the past three decades. The map always has been moved, too, and has continued to serve as a valuable, last-ditch reference source to countless reporters. We were among the lucky ones. A lot of people wanted a copy of that map. It proved of immeasurable worth to fishermen, especially. But for most of them, owning the map was an impossible dream. Copies simply were not available at any price. Eventually, new technology came to the rescue. A method was found the reproduce the map, and production has begun again. 'We knew the map would sell well because every fishermen we showed the map to said they wanted one,' said Larry Seaman of Vivid Publishing, Inc. 'But, what kept us searching long after most people would have given up was the hope that our friend Howard would see his wish fulfilled.' It is in showing where to find small, out-of-the-way trout streams that makes the map such a treasure to the fisherman. At that, Higbee's work still excels."
--Joe Gorden
Outdoors, The Tribune-Democrat

"Even Belmouth Run is on that map and no one knows where it is."

"Dr. William Kodrich of New Bethlehem, President of Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, is quoted as saying, 'I've been searching for a copy of the Stream Map of Pennsylvania for over 10 years.' When I spoke with Kodrich he confirmed that statement and added, 'The map and the accompanying Stream Map Location Guide cover every fishable water in the Commonwealth. I really don't know how I found some of the streams I like to fish without the map,' said Kodrick. When I showed the map to Wayne Silvis of St. Mary's he remarked, 'Even Belmouth Run is on that map and no one knows where it is.' Silvis is not a trout fisherman but he wants a copy of the map."
--Ernie Aharrah
Clarion News

"I saw one of the most complete maps of Pennsylvania streams I had ever seen."

"Several years ago, at a hunting camp in Clinton County, I saw one of the most complete maps of Pennsylvania streams I had ever seen. It was a large map, yellowed with age and grimy from the wood smoke that gives hunting camps their distinctive aroma. I Have seen copies of the map, but all obviously of ancient vintage. Efforts to locate one for myself have proven fruitless. Now an updated version of the map - The Howard Higbee Stream Map of Pennsylvania - is available, thanks to the miracle of modern printing technology."
--Wyndle Watson
Outdoors, The Pittsburgh Press

"...will simply have to own a copy"

"Every angler who ever swerved across a double line while taking a gander at a previously unnoticed brook will simply have to own a copy of 'Professor Higbee's Stream Map of New York.' The map's degree of detail is nothing short of incredible. To test the usefulness of my copy, I scanned it for my home water, Nine Mile Creek. Yep, there it was, in bold blue, right where it's supposed to be, winding between Otisco Lake and Onondage Lake. But what a surprise when I looked up Nine Mile in the guidebook. Not one, but five Nine Mile Creeks are listed, and by referencing the map coordinates I had no trouble locating each in turn."
--J. Michael Kelly
The Post-Standard

"The map is a fisherman's friend."

"What has to be the most magnificent map of New York's streams, rivers, brooks and ponds has been published. It's Professor Higbee's Stream Map of New York. I found Cold Brook, an Adirondack tributary where I was able to catch and release 50 wild brookies in an afternoon 40 years ago. Plus I found a stretch of the upper Saranac River where brown trout fishing is outstanding in the spring - when the snow melts from unplowed back roads. The map is a fisherman's friend."
--The Sunday Courier-News
Bridgewater, NJ

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