A few months ago I was asked to create a map of Dead Lake in Ottertail County. My wonderful customer Angie assumed I hadn’t heard of the lake and began telling me that the lake was actually really nice despite what the name would suggest. She didn’t have to tell me how nice of a lake it was… when I was younger we visited it many times since my grandparents stayed at a resort there. Despite being small, I still have a few memories from there: I remember fishing for sunnies off the dock (which I recall were best caught with a kernel of corn near the lily pads off to the right), spending time with cousins running around the campground, and for some reason, eating cheese (go figure?).
The personal memories aside, I just find the shape of this lake really cool. There are islands, bays, peninsulas and a range of depths. To make the map as detailed as possible I searched for a expert on the lake to teach me the names of all these features. I came across Bill Poulsen from Heart Beach Resort [ www.heartbeachresort.com ] and was happy to find he was friendly and willing to tell me more about the lake. Bill was actually spending the winter in Nebraska but took over a 1/2 hour out of his day fill me in on the history of the lake, as well as providing me with the names of all the features. He was a great resource for the map and I just loved his passion for the lake. If you are ever looking for a place to stay on the lake, Heart Beach Resort is your place. Thanks again Bill!
In the end, I was really happy with how the map turned out. There are alot interesting features and it even shows a large portion of Star Lake. Here are a couple pictures of the finished map…
Brad — Thank you – thank you – thank you! I love my new Blueprint map. I have never seen anything like this and once I saw this in a store – I knew I had to have one. Working with you on this has been a treat — and I feel extremely lucky to be the first owner of a Blueprint map of Dead Lake. It has already found the perfect spot on a wall in the cabin. I appreciate the attention to detail and the time you took to get things figured out. I had no idea on the amount of time it actually takes you do the first map – Wow! It is truly a one of kind treasure. -Angie
Special note: Thank you to my sister Kris for creating a very detailed scrapbook of my childhood so I could easily find that picture from those Dead Lake days. : )