Canoes

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Category

Folding
Inflatable
Recreational
Touring
Tripping/Expedition
Whitewater

Brands

Old Town
Mad River
Sevylor
Aire
Wenonah
Esquif
Nova Craft
Ally Canoes
Dagger
Bell Canoe

Price

less than $400
$500 and above

Recent Canoe Reviews

Nova Craft Prospector 16

rated 4 of 5 stars Rigid construction and classic design make this the SUV of the wilderness. It makes friends on every trip. Taken my 16' Novacraft Prospector canoe down rivers and on week-long lake trips. Loaded it up and still had 6" freeboard. You will bulk out before you weight out—and we take cast iron dutch ovens, charcoal, fuel cans, watercubes etc; we camp heavy. Paddles well with two, although the Clippers pass us on flat water.  We pass them ashore on rough water because they are taking water in over… Full review

Wenonah Escapade

rated 5 of 5 stars A very nice tandem/solo fast canoe. I have the Escapade in a kevlar/flex core layup. The canoe weighs 51 lb in this configuration. It is also available in kevlar and also in Tuf-Weave. It is a shorter touring canoe in a performance hull. This means it holds a bit less gear for touring than the longer ones. Since I am a backpacker I have the lightweight gear that suits this canoe very well. I was surprised at the stability with the two young grandkids; I was expecting the worst but was pleasantly… Full review

Dagger Caper T

rated 5 of 5 stars Now discontinued for some time, this was Dagger's original whitewater Royalex boat. If you are able to locate a used one, I would encourage you to purchase this fine piece of a legendary canoe maker's history and use it! I've owned my Dagger Caper for over ten years now and couldn't be happier with it. I am not an expert paddler and have only used this boat on up to Class III+ whitewater. I frequently paddle this boat on mild whitewater and it is a joy. I paddle mainly on the Hiwassee River, Nantahala… Full review

Old Town Pack

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great all-around recreational solo canoe. It maneuvers on a dime, weighs just over 30 lbs, and can take a beating. If you can still find one I would recommend picking it up. Since they stopped making Royalex and other options in the Old Town line are about 20 lbs heavier. I picked up an Old Town Pack on a scratch and dent deal at my local outfitter for just over $350 about five years ago. I had been planning on adding this to my fleet due to an aging back and wanting a really light option… Full review

Wenonah Minnesota 3

rated 1 of 5 stars Spent a week in Boundary Waters Canoe Area with this. Most uncomfortable seating in a canoe I've ever been in. Rented this, would never buy one. Spent a day of this week in a Bell Canoe, what a difference a little seat height makes. Full review

Wenonah Spirit II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great handling and stability loaded for two weeks on flatwater; light enough for 60-year-old to portage. We've owned our Kevlar ultralight Spirit II with the clear skincoat (yellow kevlar color) since 1997. Named the "B-Attitude" after Bea and Barb of Wilderness Paddlers up in Ely, Minnesota, we bought her as a "blem" from the factory on the way back to Michigan from Ely.  The Spirit II is a little shorter than some of the other touring/tripping models by Wenonah and has a slight bit of rocker. Full review

Nova Craft Prospector 16

rated 5 of 5 stars Love the wall height, rocker 2" great, all around great canoe!!!!! Handles wonderful on running rivers, great on smooth water. The Tuff Stuff material I love because of its light weight and durability. Expect to last till I'm gone. Full review

Nova Craft Trapper Solo

rated 4 of 5 stars If you are looking for a nice, small boat to toss in the back of your truck or sling over your shoulder for small rivers and ponds, I highly recommend it. It is a unique little boat that I think I will keep for a long time. This boat is another Nova Craft offering originally built by Chestnut in wood and canvas. It is symmetrical and has a shallow arch bottom. Fit and finish is excellent, as most Nova Craft boats I've seen. The laced seats are the most comfortable on the market and I'm unsure why… Full review

Old Town Discovery 119

rated 5 of 5 stars Great canoe! It's rugged, light, and easy to pull over log jams or sands bars. It feels tipsy at first, but is plenty stable for fishing or jump shooting duck. Have not been dumped yet, does require a good j-stroke or double paddle. This is a great little canoe! I have two other Old Town canoes for use with family and friends, but needed something lighter I could easily throw in the bed of the truck for fishing and duck hunting solo. The 119 has a shallow arched bottom so it does not have as much… Full review

Top-Rated Canoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Saranac 146 Recreational Canoe
$700
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mad River Adventure 16 Recreational Canoe
$739
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Discovery 119 Recreational Canoe
$700
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Next Canoe
$1,000
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mad River Adventure 14 Recreational Canoe
$645
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Old Town Discovery 169 Recreational Canoe
$1,100 - $1,199
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Saranac 160 Recreational Canoe
$800
Sevylor Rio Canoe Inflatable Canoe
$325
Old Town Penobscot 164 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
$1,200
Old Town Charles River 158 Recreational Canoe
$1,100 - $1,199
Old Town Penobscot 174 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
$900 - $1,299
Old Town Discovery 158 Recreational Canoe
$1,000 - $1,099
Old Town Discovery Sport
$1,600
Aire Traveler Canoe Inflatable Canoe
$2,299 - $2,499
Sevylor Ogden 2 Person Combo Canoe Inflatable Canoe
$325
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wenonah Escapade Touring Canoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Esquif Canyon Tripping/Expedition Canoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Penebscot 17 RX Tripping/Expedition Canoe
$1600 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Nova Craft Prospector 16 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ally Canoes Model 811 16.5' DR Folding Canoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Wenonah Spirit II Touring Canoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Caper T Whitewater Canoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Tripper 172 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
$1590 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Esquif Raven Whitewater Canoe
$1320 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bell Canoe Seliga Tripper Tripping/Expedition Canoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bell Canoe Northstar Touring Canoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wenonah Itasca Ultra-Light Kevlar Canoe Touring Canoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Charles River RX Recreational Canoe
$1600 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad River Explorer 16 Recreational Canoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hemlock Eagle Tripping/Expedition Canoe
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nova Craft Trapper Solo Recreational Canoe
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bell Canoe Northwind Touring Canoe
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Pack
$900 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mohawk Canoes Probe 13 Whitewater Canoe
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mad River Journey 156 Recreational Canoe
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Wenonah Prospector 15 Touring Canoe
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Wenonah Minnesota 3 Touring Canoe
 
Wenonah Minnesota II Touring Canoe
Old Town Guide 160 Recreational Canoe
$760 MSRP
Old Town Charles River Recreational Canoe
$1000 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Old Town Penobscot 16 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Pathfinder Recreational Canoe
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad River Outrage X Whitewater Canoe
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