Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Rentals:

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:

Recreational boats...

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.

Touring kayaks...

are longer - usually 13 to 15 feet in length. This group usually does not have rudders. Although our website lists that none of our boats have rudders, a few in fact do, please call or e-mail for more detail. 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, TributeCayuga 146, and Chebeague all have two hatches.

Sea Kayaks...

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.

Manufacturer Abbreviation:

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   

NK = Necky Kayaks                    

Canoes

Solo
Man. Model Name Hull/Trim # of Seats Length Width Max. / 4" Waterline Depth Weight Use Daily Rate DR* for 3 to 4 days OR for 4+ boats DR* for 5+ days OR for 8+ boats
Bell Yellowstone Solo Royalex 1 14' 30" / 26.5" 13" 44 single blade, center seat solo 44 42 40
H Nessmuk XL Kevlar 1 12' 28" / 26" 11" 25 dbl paddle solo canoe cap. 350# 49 47 44
SR Tranquility Kevlar 1 15' 6" 28" 13.5" 33 single blade, single seat, solo 50 48 46
W Vagabond Kevlar 1 14'6" 29.75" 12.5" 30 single blade, single seat, solo 54 51 49
PBW Spitfire Kevlar 1 12' 27.5" / 24" 11" 20 dbl paddle solo canoe cap. 250# 69 66 62
PBW Rapidfire Kevlar 1 15' 27" / 24" 11" 24/28 dbl paddle solo canoe cap. 250# 69 66 62
Royalex
Man. Model Name Hull/Trim # of Seats Length Width Max. / 4" Waterline Depth Weight Use Daily Rate DR* for 3 to 4 days OR for 4+ boats DR* for 5+ days OR for 8+ boats
OT Camper Royalex 2 14' 10" 36" 13.50" 57 Tandem - rivers and lakes 52 49 47
OT Penobscot 16 Royalex 2 16' 2" 34" 13.75" 58 Tandem - rivers and lakes 54 51 49
E Avalon Royalex 2 16' 2" 34" 15" 59 Tandem - rivers and lakes 54 51 49
Bell Northwind Royalex 2 16' 6" 36" 14" 60 Tandem - rivers and lakes 54 51 49
OT Penobscot 17 Royalex 2 17' 1" 35" 14.50" 65 Tandem - rivers and lakes 59 56 53
OT Penobscot 186 Royalex 3 18' 6" 35" 14.50" 75 Three person - rivers and lakes 69 66 62
Kevlar
Man. Model Name Hull/Trim # of Seats Length Width Max. / 4" Waterline Depth Weight Use Daily Rate DR* for 3 to 4 days OR for 4+ boats DR* for 5+ days OR for 8+ boats
SR Quetico 16 Kevlar Ultra-Lite 2 16' 2" 34" 14" 42 lightweight tripping 64 61 58
W Escapade Kevlar Ultra-Lite 2 16' 6" 35" / 34" 13.5" 40 lightweight tripping 64 61 58
SR Quetico 17 Kevlar Ultra-Lite 2 17' 3" 35" 13.5" 44 lightweight tripping 64 61 58
W Minn. II Kevlar Ultra-Lite 2 18' 6" 35" / 33.5" 12.5" 42 lightweight tripping 69 66 62
SR Quetico 18.5 Kevlar Ultra-Lite 3 18' 6" 36" 14" 49 family multi-day trips 79 75 71
W Seneca Kevlar Ultra-Lite 3 19.4" 38" 14" 55 family multi-day trips 79 75 71
W Minn. III Kevlar Ultra-Lite 3 20' 34" / 33" 12.75" 55 family multi-day trips 79 75 71

Kayaks

Recreational (no rudder)
Man. Model Name Hull/Trim Cockpit Size Length Width Max. / 4" Waterline Deck Ht. Weight Use Daily Rate DR* for 3 to 4 days OR for 4+ boats DR* for 5+ days OR for 8+ boats
OT Cayuga 130 Polyethylene 16" x 34.5" 13' 1" 25" 13" 50 extended day trip 44 42 40
CD Kestrel 120X Polyethylene 43" x 20" 12' 6" 28" 13.5" 59 extended day trip 44 42 40
NK Rip 12 Polyethylene 46.25" x 19.5" 12' 28" 14" 49 extended day trips - max. 375# 49 47 44
NK Looksha 12 Polyethylene 36" x 16.75" 12'1" 25.5" 14" 48 extended day trips 49 47 44
L Quoddy Light Kevlar 17" x 28.5 12' 6" 25" 14" 28 day, overnight trips 64 61 58
Touring (no rudder)
Man. Model Name Hull/Trim Cockpit Size Length Width Max. / 4" Waterline Deck Ht. Weight Use Daily Rate DR* for 3 to 4 days OR for 4+ boats DR* for 5+ days OR for 8+ boats
BD Kasko Polyethylene 16" x 30" 13' 23.75" 14" 46 day, overnight trips 49 47 44
CD Breeze Polyethylene 18" x 34.5" 13' 6" 25" 14" 52 day, overnight trips 49 47 44
PERC Tribute 14 Polyethylene 19.25" x 35" 14' 23.75" 13.75" 50 day, overnight trips, max 250# 49 47 44
OT Cayuga 146 Polyethylene 15.5" x 32" 14' 6" 24.5" 14" 53 extended day trip 49 47 44
CD Whistler Polyethylene 37.25" x 16.5" 14'6" 24" 14.75" 57 day/overnight trips 54 51 49
NK Looksha 14 Polyethylene 35.5" x 16.5" 14' 1.5" 24.5" 14" 54 day/overnight trips 54 51 49
CD Whistler Polyethylene 37.25" x 16.5" 14'6" 24" 14.75" 57 day/overnight trips 54 51 49
L Chebeague Kevlar 17" x 28.5 14' 6" 24" 14.75" 33 day, weekend trips 69 66 62
Tandem - Single Cockpit
Man. Model Name Hull/Trim Cockpit Size Length Width Max. / 4" Waterline Deck Ht. Weight Use Daily Rate DR* for 3 to 4 days OR for 4+ boats DR* for 5+ days OR for 8+ boats
OT Twin Heron Polyethylene 23" x 93.5" 13'6" 31.5" 15.5" 64 day trips 54 47 44
Sea (w/ fiberglass rudder)
Man. Model Name Hull/Trim Cockpit Size Length Width Max. / 4" Waterline Deck Ht. Weight Use Daily Rate DR* for 3 to 4 days OR for 4+ boats DR* for 5+ days OR for 8+ boats
BD Narwhal Fiberglass 32" x 17" 16' 24.75" 13.5" 48 multi-day trips 64 61 58
CD Solstice GTHV Fiberglass 29" x 16.25" 17' 6" 24.25" 15.25" 56 multi-day trips 69 66 62
Tandem - Two Cockpit with Rudder
Man. Model Name Hull/Trim Cockpit Size Length Width Max. / 4" Waterline Deck Ht. Weight Use Daily Rate DR* for 3 to 4 days OR for 4+ boats DR* for 5+ days OR for 8+ boats
NK Manitou II Polyethylene 35" x 17" / 48.5"x18 14' 8" 28" 14" 79 day / light overnights 64 57 54
L Two Lights Kevlar 17" x 28.5" 16'9" 29" 14" 55 multi-day trips 89 84 79
NW Expedition Kevlar 35" x 18.75" 20' 10.5" 30" 15.25" 85 multi-day trips 99 94 89