Old Town Saranac 160

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We have named this the little canoe that could! The…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $350 on sale


We have named this the little canoe that could! The guys here at C&S Adventures Unlimited will probably start their own navy with these boats!


  • Amount of weight canoe can hold
  • Very stable
  • Built very well


  • Seats need a bit more padding
  • A bit heavy
  • Would love a cup holder by the back seat

This is a medium to large sized canoe that can hold some serious weight. Can seat three and hold enough gear for a couple nights on the lake or river. Its wide body makes it very stable in the water.

The molded flip down front and rear seat tend to be a little uncomfortable after a couple hours in the seat but that was solved with a small pillow or PFD. Center seat is a bench style with a small water tight storage area for things like wallets, keys and phones.

It's a bit heavy, so getting to the water or on the roof of the truck by yourself is a pretty rough ordeal. Tried to paddle this guy by myself while it was totally empty and it was a bit hard to control with no weight in the front. Especially in the wind, I ended up going in circles for a bit.

The seats can be unbolted and configured in different ways, making it easier for a single person to control the craft.

All and all this was a great buy and a very solidly built boat. 

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Built from tough thermoformed polyethylene that's designed to handle Maine's most rugged ponds and lakes. Paddles efficiently so you can use it as a recreational boat for the whole family. Its stable hull shape also makes for a perfect casting platform, whether you're fly fishing, spin-casting or trolling. Features two padded contoured seats with seatbacks and lure trays, as well as a center bench seat equipped with a 6" storage hatch, cup holder and two rod holders. Rated for up to a 2.5 hp motor. Ergonomic, molded carry handles. Wt. USA. Dimensions 16'L x 37"W. Weight 89 lb. Capacity 800-850 lb. Bow height 18".

- L.L.Bean

The Old Town Saranac 160 canoe offers the speed, capacity, and stability to create memorable paddling adventures for years to come. Old Town designed the Saranac 160 canoe with low seats and added width to increase stability for photography, fishing or family paddling. Flat bottom provides excellent initial stability; straight sides increase security for beginning paddlers. Moderate rocker offers a good balance between maneuverability and tracking. Thermoformed polyethylene offers excellent stiffness, high durability and light weight at an affordable price. Molded seats with padding provide daylong comfort, and seats feature cup holders, paddle rests and small storage trays. Need a spot away from splashes? The center bench features a storage area under the seat and a 6 in. dry hatch. Bow seat and center seat feature a molded-in rod holder. Molded handles at bow and stern facilitate 2-person transport of the 89 lb. Saranac 160 canoe.