A picture-perfect night on the water with Frost River. Picture Credit: Woods Creek Productions
A beautifully crafted Wenonah canoe. Picture Credit: Woods Creek Productions
There are far more items that will make your canoe trip a better experience, but these are the essentials. For picking out what canoe would work best for you, you need to think about what you want to do in said canoe. If you want to do a lot of fishing, you might want a wider, more stable canoe to make sure you don’t flip when you hook a big one! If you are looking to do longer trips, a Tripping Canoe would be best. The long, narrow design can help hold all your gear while still being efficient!
When it comes to picking the right paddle, you want to find one that does everything you want it to. You want it to be light and durable, but fully functional as well. To pick the right size, grab a paddle by the grip on the end and by the throat near where the taper starts. Lift the paddle on top of your head and check the angle your elbows make. If it is 90 degrees, that is a good paddle. If your arms are too stretched, the paddle is too long and vice versa. Check out the video below for more information! Also, check out this Bending Branches article for a more technical explanation.
How to properly fit a canoe paddle. Video Credit: SwiftCanoeKayak via Youtube
A canoe waiting to go on its next adventure. Picture Credit: Woods Creek Productions