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California Hydrological Map

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California Hydrological Map

Water is literally the lifeblood of any state. If you’re drawn to water, you know that how and where it flows tells the story of a place. Our California Hydrological Map shows in fascinating detail how the state’s rivers and streams flow and interconnect, merge and diverge, carrying life to the land. The flow of water also has an inherent aesthetic elegance that our map captures beautifully.

It’s all in the details. Our map depicts every river in the state—even intermittent streams—and every body of water with a diameter greater than .2 miles. For an extra aesthetic touch, we apply a method called the Strahler Stream Order to show the hierarchy of streams as they flow from their source—rivers are shown thicker as they acquire the flow of tributaries. We think it enhances a sense of the interconnectedness of our waterways.

In our Hydrology Series, you’ll not only find your favorite rivers and lakes, but you’ll also be able to trace their origins and outflow and appreciate the beauty of their connections.

  • Made in the USA

    We consider our maps to be works of art, so we print and frame them accordingly. We offer two choices of print surfaces: fine-art archival paper and stretched canvas.

    Every map is custom printed. We have no inventory. Only when we receive your order do we produce your print on our 12-color giclée printer, using top-quality archival inks that will never fade.

    Fine Art Paper - Our archival paper is museum-quality, 100% cotton, acid-free, and certified to last 100 years. This assures sharp details, true colors, and exceptional durability. 

    Frames (w/ Fine Art Paper) - Our thin hardwood frames are handmade from real Maple or Walnut, not pressed wood with veneer. Fine Art Paper prints will come mounted behind a clear acrylic, with mounting hardware attached to it. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your frame to arrive.

    Canvas Gallery Wrap - If you prefer a frameless look, order your map on stretched canvas, which offers a bit more depth and texture. We use archival canvas, gallery-wrapped and varnished, stretched around a 1.5-inch-thick wood frame.

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    Allison B.
    United States United States

    Amazing Gift

    This was perfect for my angler big brother’s new home in Montana. He was blown away at how cool the map itself is, and the process for me was seamless. Muir shipped the map, beautifully framed, on time. I’ll be purchasing one for my walls and more as gifts for other brothers. Thank you.

    LINDA B.
    United States United States


    Bought this as a gift for my fishing-obsessed son. He hasn't seen it yet, but I'm sure he's going to love it!

    David H.
    United States United States

    Great customer service

    I received a map from Muir Way as a gift and liked it enough to think of it when the time came to gift a friend. But the moment I submitted my order I realized that there was a critical type-o in the delivery address. I emailed Muir Way and left a voicemail worried that my gift was not going to make it to the intended recipient. But fear not, less than an hour later I got a very nice email letting me know that the correction was made and my friend would soon receive his hydrological map of Washington.

    Barbara J. Mlsna
    United States United States

    Fast shipping, excellent quality.

    Ordered as a Christmas gift. I knew immediately when I saw the map that it was perfect for an outdoors/water lover. Packaged neatly and carefully for no bends or tears.

    Dylan D.
    United States United States

    The only place I could find the perfect gift.

    I was looking for a gift for my mother. She has lived all around the United States and has finally settled in California. Something she has found to be particularly breathtaking is the presence of lakes and the ocean in the state. I wanted to look for some kind of map, but I knew I didn't want a regular one. I found muir way at random and was so relieved to see that they had a beautiful hydrological map - something I hadn't actually seen before! I purchased it, received it in great packaging, and was actually very impressed with the quality of the poster. I expected, well, a poster - but this is very crisp print on a thick stock paper. I thrifted a picture frame with a gold reflective border and it really brought the piece to life. Muir way has proven to be a very reliable company.