Loading... Please wait...

About Us

PHONE: 1-800-445-4833


Mission Statement: 

The Loon Lake Decoy Company is nestled along the banks of the Upper Mississippi River Valley in Minnesota's oldest city, Wabasha.  Made famous as the home to the new National Eagle Center and hit movie "Grumpy Old Men".  Wabasha is noted for its Mississippi River "River Rats" and "Old World Craftsmen".  This combination of love for the outdoors and skilled craftsmanship is what sets Loon Lake Decoy Company sculptures above all the rest.

In addition to providing our customers the best quality wildlife sculptures available, Loon Lake Decoy Company is equally committed to providing every customer the best possible customer service.  Tour our sculpture pages now to see first hand why Loon Lake Decoy Company sculptures and products are the perfect fit for anyone looking to add the finest in wildlife sculptures to their home, office or cabin décor.


Looking for Awards and Recognitions that make a lasting impression? Loon Lake Decoy Company’s knowledgeable staff makes the job easy. Whether you need to recognize service of a longtime committee member, a volunteer's achievement or to reward an outstanding performance in trap, skeet or sporting clays, we have the award or recognition to fit your needs. Please take a moment to peruse the quality options available to you and we know you will agree, Loon Lake Decoy Company’s hand-crafted quality makes our awards second to none.

We are always happy to give you a price quote on either custom or in stock awards.  Call, email or fax us to learn how we can custom tailor our awards to meet your needs. 


 Sam Nottleman, Master Carver:

Born along the banks of the Mississippi River in Southeastern Minnesota, Sam's appreciation and love of the outdoors began literally at birth.  Fascinated by the annual migrations of waterfowl and songbirds along the Mississippi Flyway corridor, Sam excels at expressing his appreciation of nature through his skills as an artist and master woodcarver.

Graduating from Winona State University in 1972 with a BA in Art, Sam had already begun a 33 year career as a professional musician.  At first the music and the road served as a distraction, keeping Sam from his drawing and carving.  However it was not long before his passion for the birds again made its presence known and Sam began carving as a way to unwind after an exhausting performance on stage.  It was during this period of time Sam's carving skills really developed. From his personal observations, and an extensive collection of mounted birds as a reference, his carvings became ever more detailed and unique.  Now known throughout the country for his anatomically correct positions and lifelike details, today he continues to push the carving envelope with new lifelike sculptures in fascinating poses.  Sam joined Loon Lake Decoy Company as Master Carver and business partner in the spring of 1992.  Retiring from the music industry in 1996, carving is now both his passion and profession.  With his studio on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River he carves fulltime and promises "even more unique and interesting sculptures to come".  Check back often to see his latest work.


Mike Lidgerding and Gary Sobotta:

A couple old diehard outdoorsmen, we first met more than 30 years ago while working together on a local conservation fundraising committee.  We have fished, hunted and enjoyed the outdoors together ever since.  In September, 1990 Mike approached Gary with the idea of starting a decorative decoy company and in early 1991 Loon Lake Decoy Company began operations in Wabasha MN.  As they say the rest is history. Now 17 years later we have watched our children grow into young adults and some have started their own families.  We have also seen our little decoy company become one of the leaders in the decorative wildlife sculpture industry. Today as in the beginning, our belief is the same; handcraft the best quality sculptures at competitive prices backed with first rate customer service and your customers will become loyal collectors and friends. We are proud to have so many great customers and followers who have become collectors and friends. Thank you, we appreciate your support and look forward to being of service to all of you for many years to come.

Our Best,

Mike and Gary