rogo50: I don't find as many close in the creek and river bottoms as I do in the 1st rise in elevation out of the bottom, if that makes sense to you. Sometimes the bottoms have tightly compacted soils and I find more morels in looser well drained soil usually on a slope so that water doesn't ever stand on it. The pic I posted earlier is probably 600 yards from the nearest creek. But this is what works for me. Something different may work for others. Like fishing or hunting, I find the pattern the game is using for the area I am in and then I use that pattern to be successful. Hunting morels is really no different. Hope this helps. Hang with it and good luck.