Installation: (READ THIS FIRST)
Please read our disclaimer before using Lake Fork Guide Lanes data.
If you purchased the downloadable version, you will also need a 2, 4 or 8 GB SD card to transfer the data to. Once the data is on the SD card, you can upload it to your unit. Please note, the capacity of the SD card is important. Some newer units will accept 16 and 32 GB cards but you must check your unit's user manual for details.
Digital download to SD card:
1. After your purchase has completed, click the download button. An e-mail with the same download link will be sent after purchase.
2. Once the "Lake Fork Guide Lanes Garmin.ZIP" has downloaded on your computer, locate the folder in your downloads.
3. Next, unzip the folder by right-clicking the folder "Lake Fork Guide Lanes Garmin.ZIP" and left-click (Unzip) or (Extract Files). A new folder named "Lake Fork Guide Lanes Garmin" will be created with a file inside named 'LFGL_GARMIN.GPX'.
4. Locate the new folder and double-click to see the file within. Cut or copy the file named 'LFGL_GARMIN.GPX' onto an empty SD card. 2, 4 or 8 GB SD card has been tested to work for most Garmin units.
5. Remove/eject SD card from computer.
Uploading Lake Fork Guide Lanes to your Garmin unit:
1. Insert SD Card Adapter / microSD Card into one of the device slots.
2. Select Memory Card R or L, depending on slot used.
3. Select (Manage User Data).
4. Select (Merge from Card) to add waypoints to existing data.
5. Select the file 'LFGL_GARMIN.GPX'. Press IMPORT.
*Make sure you select the correct file type when you upload.
There will be 2 file types, the file you need to use is 'LFGL_GARMIN.GPX'
6. Are you sure? Press YES to complete.
7. To ensure the waypoints loaded onto the correct GPS locations, go to the coordinates N 32degree49.201' W 95degree33.560'. If these GPS coordinates are labeled as 'SRA' then the file loaded correctly.
8. To ensure all the waypoints loaded check the total number, which should equal 1,081.
Navigating Lake Fork using waypoints:
Turn on your heading/course extension, enable your GPS unit to portray your vessel's direction. Line up your track extension / course projection line and aim at the next closest waypoint. Travel waypoint to waypoint in a series.
Waypoints labeled 'Chaney, Ray, Dale, Wolf, etc." are cove/creek names.
Waypoints labeled 'SLOW' need to be navigated at idle speed or slower.
Waypoints labeled 'JUNCTION' are where two or three lanes connect.
Waypoints labeled 'SRA' are the most optimal buoy positions and can be run at faster than idle speed.
*PLEASE ADVISE: All non-SRA labeled waypoints were dropped in choke points between timbered areas and it is important to drive directly over each waypoint coordinate as you follow them in a series. By using your heading or course extension while navigating, you can aim towards the next waypoint/icon to help guide you. Never rely solely on GPS devices or data for navigation.
Make sure your unit is on and running the most up-to-date software version.
If your unit is not reading the card at all, it needs to be re-inserted, eject and re-insert.
If your unit is in a covered garage or building, the GPS may not load the map screen.
Most marine navigation units allow a maximum amount of waypoints so before loading Lake Fork Guide Lanes, make sure that your existing waypoints combined will not exceed the unit's maximum capacity. If the number of waypoints will exceed the maximum, then put a blank SD card into your graph, find the (Navigation) Tab in Menu, click on (Waypoints, Routes, and Trails), click (Select All And Export to SD Card), click (Yes). To delete your waypoints after saving them to an SD Card find (Navigation) Tab in Menu, click on (Waypoints, Routes, and Trails), then click (Select All and Delete), click (Yes) to confirm.
If some waypoints are small and others are large find the (Tools Tab) in the (Menu) then change User Mode from (Basic) to (Advanced User Mode) then under the (Navigation Tab) in the (Menu), turn Waypoint Decluttering to "OFF".
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