The Sevylor Inflatable Colorado Hunting and Fishing Canoe is made from rugged 18 gauge PVC covered in 420 denier nylon, making it durable enough for river or ocean conditions along with a 500 pound capacity. This 10 foot 9 inch long canoe maneuvers as easily as a kayak while directional strakes provide exceptional good tracking and stability, even in whitewater conditions.
The Colorado has raised seats with seat backs give plenty of support for a long day on the water along with plenty of storage space for tackle and other gear. The seats have storage in the back rests in addition to the removable storage compartment that is in the stern of the canoe. There are also plenty of space with tie downs for additional gear and fishing rods.
Esquif Cargo Canoe
The Esquif Canoe made by Wilderness Supply is a versatile canoe that’s perfect for hunting or fishing. The square stern design coupled with the 44 inch width make this canoe stable and easy to cast from, even when loaded with gear. This versatile canoe can be equipped with up to a 3 horse power outboard motor. The 3 inch rocker makes the Esquif track well whether it is being paddled or under power.
At 17 feet in length, the Esquif has plenty of space for fishing rods, tackle boxes and extra gear while the webbed seats are comfortable for a full day of paddling making it perfect for family trips. Made from durable Royalex, the Esquif weighs just under 100 pounds, which is surprising for its length.
Old Town makes some of the best recreational and fishing canoes on the market and their Saranac 160 is no exception. With a carrying capacity of 850 pounds, the Saranac 160 has more storage options than the smaller Saranac 146. This canoe has a flat bottom that is designed to track well in the roughest conditions and also remains stable even while casting.
Built for comfort, the Saranac has two padded seats with seat backs for lower back support and a center bench seat with extra storage. There’s also a six inch hatch in the center of the canoe is perfectly located for tackle or any gear requiring dry storage. The Saranac 160 is complete with a pair of rod holders and plenty of extra cargo room for tackle boxes, a cooler and additional gear.
Clipper Canoes MacKenzie Sport 15 Fishing Canoe
The MacKenzie Sport 15 by Clipper Canoes is a fishing canoe the whole family can enjoy. With an optional rowing mount, the MacKenzie Sport can easily be rowed on solo trips without a motor, however, the square stern on this canoe can handle up to a 3 horse power trolling motor.
The MacKenzie is lightweight, easy to carry, and it has a 1,000 pound capacity; even when loaded with gear it still performs well. This canoe comes available in Ultralight Carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass, weigning 56, 62, and 72 pounds respectively. As spacious as this canoe is, it’s still small enough so a trailer isn’t necessary. Complete with wood web seats and floatation tanks, the MacKenzie 15 comes ready to launch.
Wenonah Fusion Fishing Canoe
The Fusion by Wenonah Canoe is a perfect canoe for a solo fishing trip. This 13 foot canoe is extremely stable and easy to cast from, whether sitting or standing. The Fusion owes its stability to the 31 inch width. This canoe tracks exceptionally well thanks to the drop down rudder. With no rocker, the retractable rudder allows for quick control and easy maneuvering.
Even with an overall length of 13 feet, the Fisher has all the room you will need for your gear. Three wooden slat seats are comfortable and easy to cast from. Made from tough Royalex, the Fusion weighs only 46 pounds while the Kevlar version of the Fusion is worth every penny, weighing a mere 30 pounds. No matter which material you choose, the Fusion fishing canoe is a great pick.
Old Town Penobscot 164 Canoe
Similar to the Penobscot 16RX, the Penobscot 164 is a stable, high performance expedition canoe suitable for any water conditions and be maneuvered single handed with minimal effort. This canoe has exceptional tracking whether it’s in flat water or white water because of its narrow bow and straight edge keel. The Penobscot is capable of carrying up to 1,200 pounds and can maintain its speed and efficiency even when at capacity. Wider than many expedition canoes, the 37 1/2 inch width of the Penobscot allows for added stability and cargo space while the two webbed seats are comfortable enough for day-long excursions.
Mohawk Odyssey 15T Canoe
The Odyssey 15T by Mohawk is a great expedition canoe for beginners. With a beam of 32 inches and a maximum capacity of 500 pounds, there’s enough cargo space for a week’s worth of gear; the additional width also makes the Odyssey stable without sacrificing speed. The symmetrical design of the Mohawk lends to the superb tracking and maneuverability whether you’re paddling solo or with a partner.
A depth of almost 20 inches at the bow and stern ensures you and your gear stay dry in most conditions. The weight of the Odyssey varies slightly depending on the material you choose. However, even at the maximum weight of 60 pounds, this 15 foot canoe is easy to carry, load and launch.
Mad River Expedition 186 Ultralite
The Expedition 186 Ultralite by mad River Canoe is a high performing expedition canoe that’s 20 percent lighter than the previous model of the Expedition 186. The Expedition 186 Ultralite has a sharp bow that cuts through the water with speed and efficiency that’s second to none.
There are three different hull designs for the Expedition 186 Ultralite: Asymmetrical, shallow V and slightly rockered. The shallow V design is by far the most stable and versatile design in addition to having the best whitewater tracking. This hull glides across any water surface because of its shallow rocker and piercing bow.
Exceptionally comfortable, this expedition canoe also features nice extras like contoured web seats and adjustable foot braces. Whether loaded with gear or empty, the Expedition 186 Ultralite is truly a high performing expedition canoe.
Wenonah Encounter Expedition Canoe
The Encounter by Wenonah Canoes is an excellent expedition canoe for an intermediate to advance solo paddler. The Voyager has a minimal rocker and tracks well on the smooth waters of any lake or slow moving river. At 17 feet in length, this expedition canoe can carry enough gear for weeks of paddling. A deep bow of 19 inches keeps the inside of the canoe - and all of your gear - dry while paddling.
The Encounter has a single, sliding centerline bucket seat which makes it a breeze to paddle for long periods of time while adjustable foot brackets offer customized leverage and comfort. Wenonah offers the Encounter in four different materials which vary in weight and price. Depending on your level of experience and budget, there are options ranging from the fiberglass composite weighing only 54 pounds to the ultra light Kevlar coming in at a mere 38 pounds.
Nova Craft Canoe Moisie
The Moisie by Nova Craft Canoe is expedition canoe for the paddler who enjoys trips that include whitewater. The 4 inch rocker coupled with the shallow arch design of the hull allow for effortless maneuvering across flat water and through big rapids. The Moisie tracks well and has a sharp bow for fast entry and speed. With over two feet of bow depth, every trip is sure to be a dry one, even in rough water conditions. The Moisie has symmetrical design which is very stable thanks to the wide, 34 inch beam; even with the added width, the Moisie cuts through the water with ease. This is the perfect canoe for weekend solo expeditions.
Esquif Spark Whitewater Canoe
The Spark, made by Esquif, is a slalom open whitewater canoe that accelerates like none other. Fast and responsive, the Spark is a great choice for a technical paddler with an asymmetrical rocker which tapers off from 6 inches at the bow to 5 inches at the stern, allowing the Spark to execute spins with ease. It's predictable and fast through turns and spins making this a great canoe for intermediate to advanced paddlers who want a precise and predictable whitewater canoe.The Spark is made from durable Royalite, a composite material known for its durability.
Esquif Zoom Whitewater Canoe
The Zoom by Esquif is a whitewater canoe that lives up to its name with unmatched speed. The Zoom has an extreme rocker that tapers off from 4 ½ inches at the bow to 4 inches at the stern; this rocker design makes the Zoom fast, responsive and easy to maneuver. This model is shorter than most canoes at just over 11 feet, the Zoom paddles like a kayak. The asymmetrical hull has convenient access to the water for easy paddling, without sacrificing dryness. The Zoom is ideal for serious paddlers who want a fast, responsive canoe capable of executing spins and big drops with ease.
The Solitude Whitewater Canoe by Hellman Canoe
The Solitude is a responsive whitewater canoe that can be paddled solo or tandem. Rated for up to grade 3 whitewater, it’s easy to maneuver in most rapids and the 21 inch bow can take on large waves. The 2 1/2 inch rocker and soft chine make the Solitude easy to maneuver without sacrificing speed and this canoe tracks well enough to be a great recreational canoe for lakes and slow moving rivers. The symmetrical design and shallow arc bottom add stability to the canoe, making it ideal for beginners and intermediate paddlers. Made from one of two plastic composites, Duratuff and Duralite or from Kevlar, all versions of this canoe are lightweight with weights ranging between 35-50 pounds.
Viper Whitewater Canoe by Mohawk Canoes
The Viper by Mohawk Canoes is a versatile canoe that is fast and responsive in any conditions. This whitewater canoe is designed for easy paddling. The Viper is available in two lengths, 11’ 6” and 12’6” and two different freeboard heights, 6” and 8”. Both versions of the Viper weigh less than 50 pounds and are made from durable Royalex composite.
The narrow center of the canoe flares out then curves in slightly to deflect spray, keeping the paddler dry. With a lower freeboard than many whitewater canoes, it cuts through the water in almost all weather conditions. Even with 6 inches of freeboard at the center, the Viper is an amazingly dry ride because of the flared design. The Viper is a stable and predictable whitewater canoe that any level paddler can enjoy.
Probe Whitewater Canoe by Mohawk Canoes
The Probe by Mohawk Canoes is a competition level canoe perfect for the beginning paddler looking to step up their game. The Probe is available in four different lengths including 11, 12, 13, and 14 feet. Depending on the level of rapids, the shallow arch hull is the best design for calm to moderate conditions. The Probe has a symmetrical rocker, balancing efficiency and stability without sacrificing speed and the flared sides make this canoe a dry ride. The rounded chines make movements very predictable which is ideal for paddlers who are looking to advance their skill sets.
Wenonah J-203 Racing Canoe
Wenonah canoes are second to none and the latest evolution of the J-203 racing canoe is no exception. The edges of the center of the J-203 turn inward towards the paddler and this new design offers easier access to the water for effortless paddling. The J-203 is made from your choice of two different lightweight and durable materials. Both the Kevlar Ultra-light and the Graphite Ultra-light are exceptional quality with each model of this 18 foot, 6 inch long racing canoe weighing a mere 24 pounds. The sliding bucket seat is designed for marathon racing in comfort while the foot braces are adjustable for added stability on tight courses.
Savage River JD Pro 2 Racing Canoe
The JD Pro 2 made by Savage River is a faster version of its predecessor, the JD Pro. The JD Pro 2 comes in three different layups using various combinations of Carbon and Kevlar and one layup of a light and extremely stiff Carbon fabric. The Carbon/Light Kevlar layup is Savage River’s most popular and it weighs only 27 pounds. The standard package comes with a sliding bow and stern seat mounted to the bulkhead. A self bailer adds very little to the weight and also comes standard with the JD Pro 2, making this not just a comfortable racing canoe, but a safe one as well.
Clipper Freedom Racing Canoe
The Freedom racing canoe, made by Clipper Canoes, is the perfect canoe for beginners. The Freedom is highly stable and has floatation tanks in both the bow and stern. The fiberglass layup is an affordable and lightweight option that’s versatile enough for both racing and expedition canoeing. The Freedom tracks well in most any water conditions and is easy to maneuver. The best feature of this racing canoe is the adjustable bucket seat, which allows the paddler to adjust the height and increase stability depending on the water conditions.
Jensen Tandem P-3 Racing Canoe
The Jensen Tandem Racing P-3 by Clipper Canoes is a professional class, champion racing canoe built for speed even when in rough water thanks to the slight V shaped bottom which allows for superior maneuverability. Designed for paddlers 180 pounds and over, the Jensen P-3 has a lightweight Kevlar skin with spruce and cedar gunnels.
This tandem racing canoe comes standard with two Kevlar bucket seats that are comfortable and easy to adjust. The stern seat can be moved to one of two different positions so the team can customize their weight balance. An adjustable foot brace in the stern and a glassed in bulkhead with footpad in the bow provide added stability and comfort.
Savage River D-3 Racing Canoe
The D-3 by Savage River is the latest marathon racing canoe designed by John Diller. The D-1 has unmatched speed and handling while the professional grade Carbon/Kevlar combination layups over a foam core varying in weight from 24 to a stunningly lightweight 19 pounds. The D-1 features an exceptionally stable design with better balance and displacement than its predecessors.
This racing canoe has a unique asymmetrical design that tapers off sharply forward of the seat which allows the D-3 to pierce through wakes and choppy water with ease. At its greatest width of 32 inches, the canoe flares inward to deflect spray and keep the interior of the canoe dry. The self bailing pump that comes standard with the D-3 ensures a dry ride for the duration of the race, regardless of conditions.
The Pelican 15.5, manufactured by Pelican International Inc., is a surprisingly stable canoe for its length. Shorter than the average recreational canoe, at 15 ½ feet in length, the Pelican 15.5 is highly stable because of the 37 inch width at center. This recreational canoe is made from RAM-X, a polyethylene composite with a lightweight foam core, and while it’s not as lightweight as other materials, the canoe overall is extremely durable, UV resistant and best of all, it’s affordable. At half the price of similar canoes made from Kevlar, the Pelican 15.5 is a canoe the whole family can enjoy.
Nova Craft Bob Special 15 Foot Canoe
The Bob Special 15 by Nova Craft Canoe is a versatile recreational canoe. There is enough room in this 15 foot canoe for all the gear you’ll need for a solo expedition or a weekend on the water with the family. The Bob Special is fast for a recreational canoe thanks to the slight rocker and raised ends, allowing it to cut through wake and it tracks well in most water conditions. This canoe is made from Royalex, a plastic laminate over a foam core usually found in whitewater canoes, so you know it’ll endure the most rugged conditions.
The Osagian 17 Classic Side-Sponson Recreational Canoe is a versatile canoe that tracks extremely well thanks to the welded one inch keel. Osagian is well known for their high quality aluminum canoes and the recent version of the Osagian 17 Classic with the added side sponson is extremely stable. This 17 foot canoe is lightweight at only 79 pounds, making it easy for a couple to carry and launch. This model had plenty of extra storage space for all the gear you will need to enjoy a day or a weekend on the water.
The Scout Elite by Sundolphin is a spacious recreational canoe that comfortably seats three people. At 38 inches, it’s wide for a 14 foot long canoe making for exceptional stability. Still, the Scout Elite tracks very well for a wider canoe and is easy to paddle and maneuver. A convenient dry storage area, a cooler under the center seat an cup holders molded into all three of the comfortable bench seats are just a few of the standard features that make the Scout Elite one of the best recreational canoes. It also features rod holders and plenty of room for extra gear. This canoe is constructed with durable Fortiflex, a vinyl composite molded around a foam core so it’s built to last through years of sun and water exposure.
Wenonah Argosy River Canoe
For over 42 years, Wenonah has been hand-crafting canoes which are well known for their superior quality and the Argosy River Canoe by Wenonah is no exception. The Argosy is a supremely maneuverable solo canoe built to handle even the roughest waters with ease. This canoe has a deep bow rocker, with 2 ¼ inches, and a 1 inch stern rocker that gives the Argosy the ability to negotiate tight turns, swift currents and eddies.
Whether you choose the affordable Royalex layup or the Kevlar Ultralight, you’re getting a high quality canoe built to last. Predictable in its turns and exceptionally stable, the Argosy is great canoe for intermediate paddlers looking to take their river running to the next level.
Wee Lassie River Canoe
Don’t let the name of this river canoe fool you, the Wee Lassie by Savage River can handle the roughest waters with ease. Fast and agile, the Wee Lassie shines on winding rivers and at a little over 11 ½ feet long, it’s stout for a shorter canoe. However, the additional width coupled with the flared sides, make this a stable and dry canoe. The center webbed seat is lower and comfortable for long trips while the lower center of gravity makes the Wee Lassie even more stable. This is a perfect canoe to help beginners to build confidence because it’s predictable but even experienced paddlers will appreciate the Wee Lassie’s responsiveness.
Souris River Canoes Skeena
Surprisingly lightweight for a 16 ½ foot long canoe, the Skeena by Souris River Canoes is a stunning 65 pounds. The Skeena is a river canoe that can handle mild whitewater. The raised 24 inch bow and flared sides make the Skeena cut through rough water while keeping the paddler dry. The Skeena’s core is made from an epoxy resin with a Kevlar skin, making this a tough canoe for the weight. This canoe also has enough volume to carry all the essential gear you would need for a weekend excursion. With the extra room, exceptional stability and excellent open water tracking, the Skeena is a river canoe that is ready for just about any adventure.
The Alaskan River Canoe by Bell Canoe Works
The Alaskan Canoe by Bell Canoes is a tandem canoe that’s fast and agile for a 17 foot long canoe. The 3 inch bow rocker and 6 inches of freeboard give The Alaskan the ability to quickly maneuver even in white water. Bell Canoes didn’t sacrifice good tracking in exchange for maneuverability with the Yellowstone either. This river canoe is versatile enough to track exceptionally well in flat water, making it a perfect canoe for trips down rivers with a combination of swift and flat water. Regardless of the material you choose, Royalex or lightweight Kevlar, the Yellowstone is built to endure years on the water.
The Concord River Canoe by Lincoln
With 50 years of canoe making experience, The Concord is one of Lincoln’s finest river touring canoes. The Concorde is a wide 36 inches at the center, making this an extremely stable river canoe. The 13 inch depth and shallow arch allow this canoe to turn swiftly and easily negotiate eddies and cross currents. With a thousand pound capacity, The Concord has plenty of volume to carry gear and is comfortable enough with its expedition seats for long, flat-water excursions. This canoe’s versatility makes it an excellent choice for paddlers who want to do a little bit of it all in one of the best canoes on the market.