All of our rentals include paddles, PFDs, bailer & sponge, and cartopping gear (rope, straps & foam blocks). Kayak rentals additionally include skirt & pump for the asking.
Bottom of this page lists all boats, prices and specs.
Choosing your Canoe or kayak
In choosing your canoe, first consider the purpose and style of your trip.
For Basecamp trips.....
If you are planning a basecamp type trip with coolers and heavy gear then you will want a more stable all-purpose boat (made of a plastic laminate called Royalex) like the Old Town Penobscot 16 or the Esquif Avalon. The Old Town Camper 15 is good rugged boat for smaller loads in rough terrain like streams with logs or rocks. The Old Town Penobscot 17 still has two seats, but can easily accommodate a smaller third person sitting on gear in the middle. The Old Town Penobscot 186 can accommodate three adults and gear, but does not have a carrying yoke in the center so it is ideal for camping trips on the Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes. Solo paddlers can choose the Bell Yellowstone Solo as a good Royalex canoe.
For lake to lake trips or trips with lots of portages....
or if you are feeling a bit older, or even just want a lighter weight boat, you may want to consider lighter weight Kevlar boats. The Souris River Quetico 16 is our most stable tandem. The Quetico 17 is a real workhorse that can still cruise right along very pleasantly. Two light-weight or smaller people might want to consider the We-no-nah Escapade, which is faster but narrower in the bow seat area. For longer trips, or just for higher performance, a longer canoe like the We-no-nah Minnesota II is an excellent choice. If your trip includes three adults the Minnesota III should be a consideration. If the family dog is joining you, consider an even more stable three seat boat like the We-no-nah Seneca canoe or the Souris River Quetico 18.5.
Solo paddlers have a choice of traditional seating (hung seats) to sit on and to paddle with a single blade canoe paddle. Or optionally, a seat on the floor of the boat, in which case the boat is usually paddled with a double blade paddle (kayak style paddle). We have two traditional lightweight solo canoes: The Souris River Tranquility is good for the larger paddler. The We-no-nah Vagabond is a great all around solo boat, except for larger paddlers. Our double-blade paddle solo boats have been a popular choice for many. If your trip is for exploring, fishing, or just out for a paddle, then the Hemlock Nessmuk is a great 16lb boat for people up to 175lbs and the Nessmuk XL is a great boat for paddlers over that weight. The Placid Boatworks Spitfire and Rapidfire are narrower at the waterline and are our most efficient solos for "Point-A to Point-B" type trips.
In choosing your kayak...
We break kayaks into three categories:
are shorter, wider (more stable), and have a larger cockpit or seat opening. These boats are great for just getting out to explore, if you are slightly less agile getting in and out of the boat, or if you are just trying out kayaking for the first time. The Old Town Cayuga 130 or the Lincoln Quoddy Light are shaped a little more like touring boats than traditional recreational boats but still do a great job introducing one to kayaking. This might be good place to point out that a stiffer hull (kevlar) will be faster than a more flexible (plastic) hull. The Old Town Twin Heron is our tandem kayak in this category - it does track fairly well simly because it is longer (14 feet). This boat is great for parent / children combo's.
are longer - usually 13 to 15 feet in length. This group usually does not have rudders. Our Current Designs Breeze is stable and has a very user friendly cockpit and a rear hatch. It is our most popular kayak and is fine for overnighters. The Boreal Designs Kasko is narrower (initially less stable) but deeper in the hull. This means it is roomy once you are in the cockpit. The smaller cockpit though does give a drier ride. If one has kayaking experience, they will enjoy the Kasko. The Perception Tribute is longer, but has less depth. It is a great performance, plastic boat, for the smaller person. Smaller women tend to love this boat; less depth means less (vertical) leg room but plenty of length for tracking and speed. The Old Town Cayuga 146 is a great boat for multiday trips. The boat tracks excellently and responds nicely to your paddle. This boat also has an optionl rudder as well. The Lincoln Chebeague (emphasis on the last sylable) is our lightest weight boat is this class. The Kasko, Tribute, Cayuga 146, and Chebeague all have two hatches.
Deck safety lines, rudder, and longer length characterize these boats. We have two fiberglass sea kayaks: the Boreal Designs Narwhal is a great multiday kayak that is stable, yet a joy to paddle even loaded. The Current Designs Solstice GTHV is their " Grand Touring High Volume" version. This is the epitome of sea kayaks. Our tandem sea kayak is a double cockpit boat. The Northwest Expedition is great for the Saranac Lakes trip whereas it is too big for small streams. If you are planning a multiday trip on one of our larger lakes, like Cranberry Lake or Lake Champlain you would want to consider the Expedition.
H = Hemlock Canoe Works
SR = Souris River
W = We-no-nah
PBW = Placid Boatworks
OT = Old Town
E = Esquif
L = Lincoln
BD = Boreal Design
CD = Current Designs
Perc = Perception
NW = Northwest