Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Huge Lake Map

 A few weeks ago, I completed this huge canvas map of Old Hickory Lake. It is approximately 12 feet long and 4-1/2 feet tall. it is wall papered to the drywall and a frame was added. The lake house owner added the accent lighting.     

When you walk into the room, it certainly grabs your attention, "What a conversation piece". This is the largest map that I've done to date. I added as much detail as I could to the lake, creek titles, small towns, named bluffs, etc... 

Also, you will find much wildlife/waterfowl around the lake such as eagles, geese, herons and gulls. To add more interest to the map, I add fish jumping and hide a tiny mermaid to the waters. Folks love to search the waters for hidden surprises. 

If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to  We have many lake maps that will make great gifts for the lake house. 

Friday, December 11, 2020

A beautiful Lake Map

Need a Gift idea for a "Lake Lover"? Why not a beautiful canvas decor map of the lake that they love!  They are sure to enjoy a nice map of the lake or river where they have a lake house, A star can even be added to show the location.  

My maps make great Christmas gifts and will bring back memories of those trips to that favorite lake. Don't forget to look for the hidden mermaid in the lake waters and other interesting things......

Check-out these other comments from our customers.

The map arrived right on time and it was a sensational hit.  Thanks so much, this was exactly what I was looking for and was even better than anticipated. Nate
I just received the map, it looks beautiful! Thank you for helping me put together such a spectacular gift and I will definitely keep you in mind for future gift ideas. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Arrived safe and sound this afternoon and looks great!  I can't wait to give it to my parents for xmas for their new lake house.  Thank you!

I must be doing something right! I'm finally getting my ten minutes of fame, sort of. Interestingly, I got a call from, now get this.......a major studio in California. They are filming a new tv series for mid-season. They want to use one of my big lake maps as a prop in the series. It won't come out for a few months, but I'm hoping that it will be prominently displayed in the series. I will have more news about this later...... 

Paddle over to website to see my Lake, River, and Bay Maps. I have hundreds of maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes vintage style lake maps, too. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to

 It's time for my annual Christmas fishing Poem. A few years ago near Christmas time, I went to one of my favorite lakes to fish and kayak. This particular lake was stocked with "Rainbow Trout" the day before. My goal was to catch a few. Here's a poem that lets you know, just how well the fishing trip went.

Not a fish was stirring not even a carp!

T’was the night after the "rainbows" had been stocked in the lake, I went fishing to see what I might take,

The flys were hung in the tackle box with care, in hopes that a big rainbow would soon be near.

As I paddled out on the lake, there arose such a clatter, I sprang up in my kayak to see what was the matter.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, a just fallen tree near a old whitetail deer.

I found not a fish was stirring, not even a carp, so I paddled my Kayak back to the park.

When I arrived home, fun was had by all, as my wife had just arrived from the mall.
That pretty much sums up my fishing trip. Apparently the trout, being new to the lake, had pissed off everyone and nothing was biting.

Visit my website to see more. I have over two hundred lake, river and bay maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to

As you can see, my maps make a great gift. To see more of my work, click here

Remember, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Be sate!

 Most of January, I was on vacation in Germany and Austria. Luckily we got back home before Covid hit. The Virus is shutting down lots of  businesses. It currently in Washington State and is spreading. Leo Lakes will continue, but not sure how much blogging that I will do. Stay Safe!!!

If you need a beautiful lake map for the lake house check-out my website:

Monday, November 25, 2019

Custom Lake Decor Maps

I DON'T ALWAYS DO MAPS, but when I do, they are treasured maps. I just completed this 20x40, custom lake map of Lake Washington located in Minnesota. It's a beautiful lake with lots of wildlife.

Not only are walleyes common, but large and smallmouth bass, crappie, blue gill, and northern pike are too. You will find much wildlife/waterfowl around the lake such as eagles, osprey, cranes, otter, beaver and my favorite, loons. In fact, I added a couple of loons on the map along with fish, and Canadian Geese. Interesting, I always hide a tiny mermaid to the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. 
Also, you can add a star to your favorite spot. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to  We have Lake house maps, and vintage style maps, that make great gifts for the lake house. If we don't have your lake, a custom map can be produced, check us out.

Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream.


BIG LAKE DEDOR MAPS, I did this big map of Center Hill Lake for a customer that has a lake house overlooking the lake. I like the photo of the Canadian Goose flying over the lake! Oh yeah, the studio is kind of messy, but it is the season! If you don't see your lake, no problem. I do custom Lake Maps, too.

Paddle over to my website, I paint beautiful lake, river and bay decor maps. 

Folks are discovering that these decor maps are wonderfully unique gifts that become family heirlooms. Oh yeah, I hide things in the lake waters, such as a tiny mermaid/fish. Folks love to search for them. I call my maps, treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. My treasured maps make a great Christmas gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 

As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Orders are picking up during the holidays, so order soon. Click here for more information.

Just remember: "Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream".

Friday, November 22, 2019

Trail building in the woods

Thirty years ago, me and my wife Karen, played Lewis and Clark. We cleared a path through the “Ten Acre Woods” to the creek. I know, what a great wife and she likes my tractor. Anyway, over the years the path has become overgrown. Today, we are back to road building. 

This is Eloise. Hopefully we will be able to ride Eloise back to the creek at some point.

The terrain is very rough and hilly. Unfortunately, camera images just don't show how hilly it really is. This photo below shows the path that we have cleared.

While clearing the path, we ran across an old trash pile. It appears to go back to the 40s, 50s, and 60s. I found some bottles and must say that I recognize some of the brands. Can you find the "Champagne of Beers" bottle?
Eloise is ready to start down the path. However, it will take a few weeks or even months before the trail is completed because of the weather and it's busy season for my business, Leo Lakes Decor Maps.  

Believe it or not, a road went through here years ago and it shows how much cutting that I need to do.   
Stay tuned, I will provide updates. By the way, checkout my lake decor maps at  

Monday, October 28, 2019

Utility Vehicle on the Prowl

I have ten acres with a creek on the back of the property. I call it the "Ten Acre Woods". It's very hilly and I haven't bush hogged the back area in a long while. I purchased this UTV to run around in the Ten Acre Woods and travel to the creek. is so grown-up, I am having to cut, chainsaw, and bush hog, a trail to the creek.

I feel like Lewis and Clark attempting to find a passage to the Pacific Ocean, except I'm trying to make it to the creek about a 1/4 of a mile away. You know what the good thing is? I haven't encountered any indians.....but that might have been interesting!

Anyway, I purchased the Prowler 500 which is the same as an Artic Cat. Both models are now owned by Textron who also makes the Bass Pro Tracker 500.
We will see how this works out, but I must say that with 10 areas, a UTV will be fun. It is a 4x4 and can pull a 1,500 lbs trailer. 
In the future I will add some photos of the trail cutting process. Stay tuned.
Also, paddle over to my studio and check out these great Christmas gifts for the lake lover. I do maps........
If it's a gift for the lakelover, just wait until you see their face when they open a LeoLakes Treasured Decor Map! See more at Here's a photo of my studio!