Insight Genesis Social Map charts available to all for FREE download

Minnesota-Wisconsin Social Map DotsOne of the most popular GoFree offerings is Insight Genesis Social Map, an online treasury of FREE downloadable maps for waterbodies close to home, across the country and around the world.

Insight Genesis Social Map went live in the summer of 2016, providing a first look at how community-sourced Insight Genesis sonar data are improving maps for the betterment of anglers and boaters around the world.  Available in both free and premium Insight Genesis subscriptions, Social Map charts are accessible, searchable and available for FREE download on the right-hand side of the Insight Genesis dashboard (see image below).

The first step to downloading free Insight Genesis Social Map charts is registering for a free Insight Genesis account, which you can do HERE. Continue reading for more information about the free contour charts available for download from the Insight Genesis Social Map.


Hartwell-Social-Map-Blue-Scale-COLLAGEMany waterbodies have already been completely mapped by community-minded anglers, others are partially mapped, and some remain a blank slate, ready to be mapped. Waterbodies that are completely mapped will appear completely in blue-scale — darker blue denotes deeper water; lighter water indicates shallower water. On many waterbodies that are partially mapped, you will see both blue-scale depth shading and gray-scale depth shading.

The blue-shaded areas are those that have been mapped with Insight Genesis, so those areas will appear in very high detail (usually with 2- to 5-foot contours, althoguh very shallow waterbodies can appear with 1-foot contours, and very deep waterbodies might display with 10-foot contours).

Social Map on the unitThe gray-scaled contours on Social Map charts appear in areas where the Lake Insight base map has not yet been improved by custom contour mapping with Insight Genesis. When you and others record and upload sonar logs of boat trips in those gray-scale areas, you can replace the less-detailed gray-scale contours with highly detailed blue-scale Insight Genesis contours, and eventually create an entirely new, and amazingly accurate, map for the water body.

Each blue dot indicates a waterbody mapped with Insight Genesis.


Some waterbodies display only the Insight Genesis-created blue-scale mapping and no gray-scale base map. In some cases, this only temporary and the base map for that waterbody will be integrated in the Social Map soon (to check on the status of a b

Zoom in on a blue dot and click to see and download the map for free.


In some cases, however, a waterbody is so far off the beaten path that there exists no basemap ase map for any waterbody, feel free to post a question on GoFree’s Facebook page and we will get back to you as soon as possible).for it at all — these are the types of waterbodies for which Insight Genesis was created! For if wasn’t for the DIY capabilities of Insight Genesis, these waterbodies might never be mapped at all.

In an hour on the water, the average boater can cover about 100 acres.  If 10 people upload an hour of data collection from the weekend a 1,000 acre lake is mapped immediately.   If 100 people contribute all 100 users will have access to 10,000 acres just from one weekend.  Just think what will happen when 10,000 people are contributing an hour or more per weekend.   Would you pitch in to pay for 1 fingerling of you favorite species to be stocked in a lake for the future of fishing if 10,000 others did the same?  Would you pitch in an hour to have access to 1,000,000 acres of the best map coverage on the globe if 10,000 others contributed an hour as well?  Give a little and get a lot!

Below is an example of an Insight Genesis Social Map chart in use on a Lowrance HDS unit.

To learn how to download an use an Insight Genesis Social Map chart on your sonar/GPS unit, read the blog article HERE.

20 thoughts on “Insight Genesis Social Map charts available to all for FREE download

  1. I recently aquired the new Elite 5 CHIRP unit and will be spending time learning how to use this new tool in the near future. Knowing that CHIRP data is considerably more detailed, are there plans to incorporate that detail into this social mapping tool?

    1. Yes. Currently we use the 200kHz channel only but we are looking at ways to enhance Insight Genesis and the Social Mapping layer with data from the other frequencies used in the CHIRP products.

      1. Thanks Greg! What is the correct way to format an SD Micro card and what are the format settings for the Elite 5 CHIRP unit? I’m finding it difficult to locate this information.

      2. Doug: I have submitted your query to the Genesis team. I will post the reply as soon as I get it! — Regards, Greg

  2. It just dawned on me that I might be trying to use a micro sd card that is too large for the Elite 5 CHIRP unit. Is there a capacity limit for the size sd card?

    1. Doug: There is no need to format your micro sd card. You will get the best results with a 16G or smaller card. A larger card MIGHT work, but then again, it might not. So we don’t recommend it 🙂 — Regards, Greg

      1. Greg,

        I called Lowrance support the other day and was told the Elite units will take up to 32GB cards.

      2. Doug: With all due respect to my colleagues in the Lowrance support staff, I work in the office with the guys that invented Insight Genesis. It was from one of them that I got the answer to your question! It’s true that Elite units will acommodate 32GB cards, however Genesis works best (for reasons beyond my understanding of math!) with smaller cards. — Greg

  3. Seems the maps are made in feet even here in Sweden? Is that a default in InsightGenesis or is it controlled by settings when recording?

  4. Is there any way to have insight record and show underwater structure that we got in our scan from the sonar and structure scan? I’m starting to learn how to use insight and like but it would sure be nice to have it some how show our trees and other structures so that we can quickly go back to those spots.



  5. I took the micro card (16gb) from my LOWRANCE Elite 7 Combo, and put it in my home PC. I downloaded the program to it, but when I tried to open it to see what downloaded, I couldn’t open it. Did I do it wrong?
    I downloaded the program to my smart phone also, and can see what’s there. If I install the micro card back into my Elite 7, will it operate properly? Really need help. Thanks, ed

  6. greg- what happens to the map if i use a data offset on a trip merged with other trips logged without the offset in the same areas?

    1. Rory: For the best results, you’re going to want to apply date/seaso- appropriate offsets to each individual trip before merging into a master map.

  7. Seems like all the tutorials are for older units then the hook 4 and older genesis versions of C-map. None of the instructions match what I’m running or seeing when I run the process to download charts. Is there an instruction and version for the current version of C-MAP? Thank you.

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