Recreational Canoes


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Recent Recreational Canoe Reviews

Mad River Explorer 16

rated 4.5 of 5 stars One of the great all around boats especially for those who lean towards rivers over lakes. I have not had a chance to use this as much as I have the Old Town Tripper and the Old Town Pathfinder (Camper).  It was purchased for river camping and as a boat that could handle larger rapids than my other boat the Old town Pathfinder.  It has mainly been used in the rivers of North Carolina.  Although friends have been very happy with it paddling most years of their lives across Canada with or without… Full review

Old Town Pathfinder

rated 5 of 5 stars Strong and long lasting canoe for two people to camp or a small family to cruise in. Very durable, but don't count on doing very well on any river that has more than class II rapids. This boat is great. It was a craiglist purchase in great condition. I think someone at Old Town actually told me it is the same boat as the Camper but just a different name from several years ago. I think they just started making two sizes of the Camper instead of keeping the Pathfinder name. Oh it is also less then… Full review

Old Town Discovery 169

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great canoe for day, weekend, and multi-day exploratory trips. Amazing way to fish, camp, and get away from the crowds. I am an avid backpacker and hiker, and at one time was extremely proud to be able to go for 10-14 days with only a 45-50 lb pack. One evening, after a few drinks at a bar/pub in Leadville, CO, a local outdoorsman mentioned he recently went out for 10 days and packed 4 thick-cut ribeyes, 6 bottles of wine, 2 bottles of champagne, 1 bottle of top-shelf tequila, cheese, bread, 18… Full review

Mad River Adventure 14

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A GREAT canoe for not only mornings fishing, but for the more die-hard paddling adventurer looking to get away from the busy life of society and venturing into the land of mountain air, soaring eagles, and trout the size of small children! I have used this particular canoe on multiple occasions both fishing hidden coves in nearby lakes to extended river trips with friends. The first thing I noticed once I sat in the canoe was how comfortable and stable it felt as I situated myself for a 20-mile… Full review

Old Town Saranac 146

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great boat. We are a family of three that loves to kayak, but our little guy is now too large to fit in our boats with us so we opted to get a canoe for family trips. The center storage unit provides a good seat for the kid while also providing space to store lunch and drinks.   No issues for us in terms of stability as we are very used to being in canoes for fishing and lounging. I had no issues standing to cast in this boat even with others in it. The seats are comfortable, but I wish I could… Full review

Mad River Adventure 16

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic canoe with all the features of a high dollar canoe. Would recommend this product. Can be possibly the best I have ever used.  Full review

Old Town Saranac 160

rated 4 of 5 stars 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! 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. Full review

Old Town Charles River RX

rated 5 of 5 stars Great recreational canoe. Fits two paddlers and plenty of gear for multi-night river trips. Easy to paddle and very stable. My family and I have been doing multi-night river trips for over 15 years and until 5 years ago I always borrowed or rented my canoe. After 10 years of experience I knew exactly what I wanted to buy and it was the Old Town Charles River RX. It is the perfect size for all my gear, handles the weight plus two paddlers with ease. I have been using this canoe for the last 5 years… Full review

Old Town Saranac 146

rated 5 of 5 stars Very comfortable due to padded seat. Easy rowing canoe. Great value for the price. Bought this canoe last summer it was our first experience with a canoe. Canoe was a little tipsy to begin with but added a set of stabilizers to the sides and it made a big difference. Really liked the idea of the padded seats with backs to them, makes it more enjoyable to stay on the water for long periods of time. Full review