MNOC has maps of a number of parks in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. These maps are much more detailed than a regular topo map or trail map. Orienteering maps are typically at a scale of 1:10,000 or 1:15,000 and have a resolution around 10 meters. O-maps are based upon aerial surveys (sometimes commissioned), but also have extensive field work on the ground. The overall result is that orienteering maps show differing types of vegetation (open forest, undergrowth), small ponds and marshes, trails and paths, contours at 2-5 meter intervals, and other items of significance to persons on foot such as fences, cliffs, ditches, boulders, etc.
Most MNOC maps are offset printed on heavy paper in 5 colors. However, improvements in laser printing technology over the past few years have allowed us to print an increasing number of maps on-demand. Not only does this provide us a cost savings, it also means that our printed maps can be updated much more rapidly than in the past. Laser-printed maps are now generally accepted at national-level orienteering events, and although they have slightly less resolution than offset printed maps, under most circumstances it's difficult to see the difference.
Maps of the following areas available for purchase. You can also see an overview map that allows you to click on a park location for more information.
These maps are copyrighted and should not be reproduced without express written permission by MNOC. A complete update of a map can cost several thousand dollars. Please pay for all the maps you intend to use. Maps are sold at or close to the cost of production, which includes aerial photography, paid field checking, digitizing and printing.
Questions and Ordering
Please use our online store to order maps. You may pay by check/money order or credit card..
A discount of approximately 20% is available for orders of 5 or more maps, and double that for orders of 20 or more. The exact discount depends on which maps are ordered.
Orienteering Maps for Groups
Medium to large batches of maps may be purchased for educational and group use at a discounted price. Please contact the MNOC equipment manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of location, number of maps and intended use.
Orienteering equipment (controls, compasses etc) is also available for rent at a nominal charge of ($1 per day per control), and with a deposit for temporary use by groups. Contact the equipment manager at email@example.com
The terrain mapped is continually changing due to weather, human, animal and other activities. Many unmarked hazards such as old barbed wire, pot holes, animal holes, fallen trees, etc. exist. Please take adequate precautions when venturing into any terrain. Check the weather forecast, file a trip plan with someone you know, take appropriate clothing, provisions, a whistle and a first aid kit.