5 Beautiful Lakes of Wood Maps to Inspire Your Next Lake Getaway

It’s no wonder that people are drawn to lakes. There are millions of lakes around the entire world. Lakes are not only beautiful, but they offer all kinds of recreation possibilities — not to mention the chance to purely enjoy the Great Outdoors.

Here at Wood Chart, we understand the human fascination with lakes. We offer dozens of wood maps depicting lakes around the United States and the world. Our gorgeous wood charts are laser-cut into stunning Baltic birch to show the contours of the area’s bathymetric chart (like a topographic map, but underwater), and then the wood map is hand-stained and set in a custom wood frame.

If you love the lake life, are a nature enthusiast, or enjoy decorating with interesting art, you simply must get a wood lake map to hang on a wall in your home. Our 3D wood maps are stunning pieces of science and art combined.

What Is a Wood Chart?

Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire 3-D Nautical Wood Chart

A wood chart is different than your typical two-dimensional map. Our wood maps are three-dimensional pieces that are made with measurements from a bathymetric map, which measures underwater depths (rather than measuring the heights of mountains and hills like topographical maps). The deeper the layers of the wood chart, the deeper the water of the represented area is. 

How Are Wood Charts Made?

So, how are these unique wood charts made? As previously mentioned, a 3D wood map starts with a bathymetric chart of the chosen area. Wood Chart includes an incredible level of detail in our wood lake maps thanks to two-millimeter precision laser cutting. An artist cuts the wood map layers (showing the depths of water and the land) into high-quality birch and secures the wood map’s layers together with a special glue.

The sections of the wood chart representing water are hand-stained either a greenish-blue or a greyish-blue. The artist also engraves topographical depths and points of interest on the wood map. Each wood chart is set in a custom-made, solid wood frame in your choice of classic dark brown or rustic grey, and the lakes of wood artwork arrives at your home ready to hang. 

How to Decorate with Wood Lake Art

Great Lakes Clock, 12" Diameter

Now that your beautiful lakes of wood map has arrived, how do you style it in your home? Well, you can always style the entire chosen room with lake house and/or nautical décor, with your brand new wood lake map as the centerpiece. You can infuse more lake house design elements by adding colors like clean white and bold navy blue and adding textures like wood accents and natural linen. 

Along with your wood map, consider adding other lake-themed décor to your home, such as:

All About Lakes - 3 Lake Facts:

  • World’s largest lake
  • World’s deepest lake
  • Largest U.S. lake

The Largest Lake in the World

Lakes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some lakes, often called “ponds,” are tiny and measure just a few square meters, while some lakes are huge and are called “seas.” The Caspian Sea located in Europe and Asia is the world’s largest lake — it has an area of more than 143,000 square miles.

The Deepest Lake in the World

Lake Baikal in Russia at Sunset

Lakes also have a great range of depth. Lake Baikal in Russia is the world’s deepest lake, with a depth of more than a mile in some places. Lake Baikal covers less than half of the surface area of Lake Superior (one of Michigan’s Great Lakes, which we have a beautiful wood chart of), but it is about four times deeper than Lake Superior and holds nearly as much water as all five Great Lakes combined. 

What Is the Largest Lake in the USA?

According to surface area and water volume, Lake Superior is the largest lake in the United States and also the largest freshwater lake in the world. It has a surface area of 31,700 square miles.

Lake Superior is one of the five notable lakes that have inspired some wood lake art pieces that we love. These may inspire you to take a lake trip in the near future — and get a wood lake map to remember your trip by. 

5 Beautiful North American Lakes of Wood Maps:

  • Lake Superior in Michigan and Canada
  • Moosehead Lake in Maine
  • Lake Tahoe in Nevada and California
  • Lake Travis in Texas
  • Lake Ontario in New York and Canada 

Lake Superior Wood Chart

Lake Superior 3-D Nautical Wood Chart

It is called Lake Superior for a reason — it’s the largest lake in the USA and the largest freshwater lake in the world. It is one of the five Great Lakes (which is the largest freshwater system in the world) that sits between the United States and Canada. Lake Superior maintains an average temperature of a chilly 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

Our beautiful wood chart of Lake Superior displays the vast body of water in all its glory. The laser-cut layers of the wood map represent the lake’s depth, which at its deepest point reaches over 1,330 feet. Amid its depths, Lake Superior has the famous Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck, and more than 30 lighthouses stand on the lake’s shores.  

Moosehead Lake Wood Map

    Moosehead Lake, Maine 3-D Nautical Wood Chart

    Moosehead Lake in Maine is surrounded by the Longfellow Mountains and is the second-largest lake in New England. The lake covers almost 75,000 acres, is 40 miles long, and has more than 80 islands within it. The lake is great for fishing as it contains landlocked salmon, brook trout, and lake trout.

    From our Moosehead Lake wood art, you can see that the lake does actually look like a moose head with antlers! You can dine and stay at historic Maine sporting camps, wilderness lodges, or historic inns surrounding the lake, or go camping at Lily Bay State Park. Don’t forget to commemorate your epic fishing trip with a Moosehead Lake wood chart.

    Lake Tahoe Lake of Wood Map

      Lake Tahoe straddles the border between Nevada and California. It is second only to Oregon’s Crater Lake in depth. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, trailing just behind the Great Lakes as the largest lake by volume in the USA.

      Our wood chart of beautiful Lake Tahoe lets you take in its stunning depth. Lake Tahoe is a sought-after vacation destination because of its gorgeous mountain views, crystal-clear water, and surrounding world-famous ski resorts and casinos. You will always remember your Lake Tahoe adventure with this wood lake art hanging on your wall.

      Lake Travis Wood Chart

        Lake Travis is known as the “crown jewel” of the Highland Lakes of Central Texas. Just northwest of Austin, Lake Travis is known as Texas’ most visited freshwater recreational vacation spot. The lake is 63.75 miles long and boasts over 271 miles of shoreline.

        A visit to Lake Travis is sure to be a good time as the area offers so much to do — waterparks, vineyards, yacht charters, sailing, ziplining, and numerous watersport activities. The limestone lake floor makes for crystal-clear water that allows for great snorkeling, fishing, boating, swimming, and so much more. Mark your exciting trip with our striking wood map of Lake Travis

        Lake Ontario Lake of Wood Map

          Lake Ontario 3-D Nautical Wood Chart

          Lake Ontario may be the smallest of the Great Lakes, but it still boasts 712 miles of shoreline and includes multiple islands. It is the only Great Lake that does not border Michigan. Instead, it borders the Canadian province of Ontario on the north, west, and southwest, and the state of New York on the south and east.

          You’ll have the chance to practice your French and appreciate the Toronto skyline on the Canadian side of the lake, or relax on the beaches and stay in charming Rochester on the New York side. With our Lake Ontario wood lake art, you can fondly remember your lake getaway every time you see this artwork in your home.

          What to Do at a Lake

          So, now that you have decided to take a trip to a beautiful lake soon, what will you do once you get there? There are so many ways to enjoy a lake. If you’re looking for sporty activities, a chance to appreciate nature, or you just want to relax, the lake offers it all. 

          13 Fun Things to Do at a Lake:

          1. Watersports
          2. Snorkeling
          3. Paddleboarding
          4. Anchoring at a fun locale
          5. Jet skiing
          6. Docking in town
          7. Sunbathing
          8. Fishing
          9. Tubing
          10. Hiking
          11. Kayaking or canoeing
          12. Building a bonfire
          13. Stargazing

          Get Active with Watersports

          Boat pulls someone on water skis on a lake

          There are so many fun watersports to try on a lake, like waterskiing, wakeboarding, and knee boarding. These sports can be tricky, but they are so much fun once you get the hang of them.

          Spot Fish and Nautical Sights While Snorkeling

          Granted, snorkeling in a lake is not the same as snorkeling in a tropical ocean, but you can still search for neat objects and check out the local fish. You may be surprised at what you can find! 

          Paddleboarding Fun on Lakes

          Paddleboarding — where you lay, kneel, or stand up on a surfboard/paddleboard and use your arms or a paddle to propel yourself — is a great way to exercise and explore the lake. 

          Anchoring at an Island or Sandbar

          If you’re hanging out with a big group of friends, consider anchoring your boat on a small island or sandbar. That way, you can hang out together, have some drinks and snacks, and have fun in the water (make sure you bring an inflatable)!

          Thrill-Seekers Love Jet Skiing on Lakes

          Channel your inner daredevil with jet skis! Enjoy the fast rush as your jump waves and zip around the lake.

          Dock in a Town for Dining and Shopping

          Lakeside Restaurant

          If you’re visiting a large lake, you can dock your boat at a town and enjoy a lakeside restaurant and shops. This would be a great way to enjoy the sunset at the end of the day. 

          Sunbathing Lakeside

          Laying out and taking in the gorgeous sunlight is an obvious choice at the lake. Bask on the beach or on an inflatable to enjoy the warm sun at the lake — just don’t forget the sunscreen. 

          Lake Fishing

          Fishing is a classic lake activity. Whether you’re an experienced fisher or have never fished before, this is a fun activity for people of all ages to experience. 

          Get Pulled on a Tube

          Tubing is wild and silly fun! This is a great way to bond with friends as you squeal with glee while hurtling behind a fast boat, and of course, enjoy laughing together when the tube inevitably flips over and dumps you in the lake.

          Hiking Lakeside Trails

          Mom and two boys hike in the forest

          Enjoy the Great Outdoors and the beautiful scenery of the lake as you hike nearby. Some mountain lakes may even require a hike to reach them, but it will be worth it for the gorgeous lake view.

          Kayaking or Canoeing on a Lake

          Go out on a kayak or canoe to enjoy the lake and get a workout. Take it to the next level by waking up before sunrise and watching the sun come up while you are kayaking or canoeing on the water. 

          Building a Bonfire on the Shore

          Once your busy day of enjoying the lake is coming to an end, keep the fun going by building a big bonfire with your friends. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows, or just sit and enjoy each other’s company by the warm firelight.

          Stargazing at the Lake

          Once it’s completely dark, settle in beside the lake and take in the beautiful night sky filled with twinkling stars. Can you think of a better way to end a perfect, fun day at the lake other than stargazing?

          Find the Perfect Wood Lake Art to Remember Your Trip

          Lake Charlevoix Cribbage Board

          Now that you have created some amazing, beautiful memories at the lake, take the next step and find the perfect wood chart to reflect your trip. If you visited a lake other than one of the five great options we listed earlier, there are still so many choices of wood lake maps for you to choose from on our website. We offer lakes of wood from areas all over the USA, and you can browse Eastern states, the Midwest and Great Lakes, Western states (including Alaska and Hawaii), and Southern states — in addition to wood lake art from international destinations.

          With so many choices, you are sure to find a lakes of wood map to reflect your special trip or your favorite lake. Wood Chart offers much more than just wood maps of lakes, though — we also offer cribbage boards, cork maps, wall clocks, and serving trays depicting bodies of water all over the United States and around the world. We even offer historic patent art that is sure to be a conversation starter.

          A lake of wood map of your favorite weekend getaway spot is ready to hang on your wall — what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to a stunning wood chart today.

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