Custom Waypoint Symbols

  • Have you searched through all the pre-installed waypoint and POI symbols included with your Montana and wished something more was available?
  • Do you find a particular symbol is not to your taste, or does not work for your map, and wish you could modify it somehow?
  • Do you wish you could remove all those irritating blue pushpins displayed at every waypoint along each route?
  • Maybe you just want to create your own custom waypoint symbols to impress your friends?

With the Montana, you can do all this, and more!

Required Software

Not much more than your favorite image editing software is needed to get you started! If you're on a PC, is an outstanding choice!

Existing Symbols

Montana is preloaded with several dozen waypoint symbols grouped into nine categories. All user installed custom symbols will be displayed in an additional category titled 'Custom.'
















  • Symbols MUST be saved in the GPSr (not the µSD) in the \Garmin\CustomSymbols\ directory.
  • Symbols should be saved in a 24-bit Windows-style bitmap format (*.bmp).
  • Symbols created for Garmin POI Loader should be saved in an 8-bit Windows-style bitmap format (*.bmp).
  • Symbols should not exceed 32 pixels in width or height.
  • Replacement symbols should be named using the <sym> element in the waypoint’s GPX file (i.e. “Flag, Blue.bmp”).
  • New symbols can be given any other file name (i.e. “New Symbol.bmp”).
  • Custom Symbols should be limited to 56 per device.
  • To make a pixel transparent, set its color to magenta (RGB = 255, 0, 255).
  • By default, a symbol drawn on the map will be centered on a waypoint. To adjust the “hot spot”, include the new center position offset from the upper-left corner in the file name (i.e. Anchor.10x20.bmp)


I found the included Garmin Montana geocache symbols were too large for my taste, as they unnecessarily cluttered the map view and prevented other map details from being visible, so I created my own custom geocache symbols. Below is an example of my custom Traditional Cache geocache symbol.


Map view display using
my custom geocache symbols

My custom Traditional Cache symbol, Zoomed In and Actual size.

BaseCamp Synchronization

Configure BaseCamp and your GPSr to recognize and use the same custom symbols:

  • Make two copies of each 24-bit *.bmp custom symbol, one for BaseCamp, and one for the GPSr
  • Name the BaseCamp symbols 001.bmp, 002.bmp, 003.bmp, 004.bmp, etc.
  • Name the corresponding GPSr symbols Custom 1.bmp, Custom 2.bmp, Custom 3.bmp, Custom 4.bmp, etc.

Place the BaseCamp symbols in the specified directory on your computer:
  • [PC] \My Documents\My Garmin\Custom Waypoint Symbols\
  • [Mac] {user}\Library\Application Support\Garmin\Custom Waypoint Symbols\

Custom Symbols - BaseCamp Folder.png

Place the GPSr symbols in the [Montana]\Garmin\CustomSymbols\ directory:

Custom Symbols - GPSr Folder.png

Create a waypoint in BaseCamp and choose a custom symbol to display:

Custom Symbols - BaseCamp Symbols.png

OPTION: Use your favorite text editor to manually configure custom symbol selections in existing {waypoint}.gpx files:

Custom Symbols - Waypoint GPX Text 2.png

Waypoints sent from BaseCamp to your GPSr will be presented with the corresponding custom symbol:

Custom Symbols - GPSr Map.png
Custom Symbols - GPSr Waypoint.png
Custom Symbols - GPSr Symbols.png

Waypoint Symbol Names

Saving your custom waypoint symbol using any of the following names will result with the selected symbol being replaced globally with your new custom waypoint symbol!

Existing Geocache Symbol Names:
  • Cache In Trash Out Event
  • Earthcache
  • Event Cache
  • Geocache
  • Geocache Course
  • Geocache Found
  • Letterbox Hybrid
  • Locationless (Reverse) Cache
  • Mega-Event Cache
  • Multi-cache
  • Project APE Cache
  • Traditional Cache
  • Unknown Cache
  • Virtual Cache
  • Webcam Cache
  • Wherigo Cache

Existing Waypoint Symbol Names:
  • Airport
  • Amusement Park
  • Anchor
  • Animal Tracks
  • ATV
  • Ball Park
  • Bank
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Bell
  • Big Game
  • Bike Trail
  • Blind
  • Block, Blue
  • Block, Green
  • Block, Red
  • Blood Trail
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bowling
  • Bridge
  • Building
  • Buoy, White
  • Campground
  • Car
  • Car Rental
  • Car Repair
  • Cemetery
  • Church
  • City (Large)
  • City (Medium)
  • City (Small)
  • Civil
  • Controlled Area
  • Convenience Store
  • Cover
  • Covey
  • Crossing
  • Dam
  • Danger Area
  • Department Store
  • Diver Down Flag 1
  • Diver Down Flag 2
  • Drinking Water
  • Fast Food
  • Fishing Area
  • Fishing Hot Spot Facility
  • Fitness Center
  • Flag, Blue
  • Flag, Green
  • Flag, Red
  • Food Source
  • Forest
  • Furbearer
  • Gas Station
  • Glider Area
  • Golf Course
  • Horn
  • Ice Skating
  • Information
  • Light
  • Live Theater
  • Lodge
  • Lodging
  • Man Overboard
  • Medical Facility
  • Mine
  • Movie Theater
  • Museum
  • Navaid, Amber
  • Navaid, Black
  • Navaid, Blue
  • Navaid, Green
  • Navaid, Orange
  • Navaid, Red
  • Navaid, Violet
  • Navaid, White
  • Oil Field
  • Parachute Area
  • Park
  • Parking Area
  • Pharmacy
  • Picnic Area
  • Pin, Blue
  • Pin, Green
  • Pin, Red
  • Pizza
  • Police Station
  • Post Office
  • Radio Beacon
  • Residence
  • Restaurant
  • Restricted Area
  • Restroom
  • RV Park
  • Scales
  • Scenic Area
  • School
  • Shipwreck
  • Shopping Center
  • Short Tower
  • Shower
  • Ski Resort
  • Skiing Area
  • Skull and Crossbones
  • Small Game
  • Stadium
  • Summit
  • Swimming Area
  • Tall Tower
  • Telephone
  • Toll Booth
  • Trail Head
  • Tree Stand
  • Treed Quarry
  • Truck
  • Truck Stop
  • Tunnel
  • Ultralight Area
  • Upland Game
  • Water Source
  • Waterfowl
  • Wrecker
  • Zoo

Waypoint Symbol Sources

POI Factory