Kayak Bathymetry Mapping Project
A simple & easy to use kayak mounted bathymetric mapping system which could be used to create simple bottom terrain maps of local lakes.
Pamliko 100 open cockpit 10 foot long kayak (Wilderness Systems)
798ci side imaging sonar (Humminbird)
70 Amp Nautilus deep cycle marine battery (MotoMaster)
Endura C2 30 pound thrust motor (Minn Kota) (modified)
Mapping duration on a single charge: 4 hours @ 5 Kph (20 Celsius)
For more information visit the official website of Paul Illsley, the creator of the project.
Rumsey Lake survey
Area: 480,100 square metres, Volume: 1244,030 cubic metres
Latitude: 44° 53.772’N, Longitude: 65° 16.463’W
Air photo showing the sounding points for the 3 hour mapping project (3746 points).
Additional points were included to reference the 0 metre level along the shoreline.
Bathymetry map created from the collected points shown above.
Source: Paul Illsley