The 10 Best Wood Canoe Paddles

This review has been updated 5 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Being on the water can be relaxing, but trying to select and gather all the gear you need for a successful trip often feels just the opposite. These wood canoe paddles are an easy choice, however, since they’re long lasting, easy to use, and appropriate for a range of conditions. We’ve added models that come in a variety of lengths, so there’s something for people of all shapes and sizes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 Wood Canoe Paddles

10. Caviness Marine Twin Stripe

  • Several sizes to select from
  • Seems solid enough in the hand
  • Finish may not be totally smooth

9. Attwood 2.5-Foot

  • Sealed with varnish
  • Good emergency backup
  • Color and styling may vary

8. Carlisle Ausable

  • Entry-level choice
  • Laminated construction
  • Some find it slippery

7. Crooked Creek 4-Foot

  • Traditional palm grip
  • Other lengths available
  • Seems heavy and clunky to some

6. Shoreline Marine Propel

  • Straightforward design
  • Also makes a good decoration
  • Not terribly durable

5. Bending Branches Sunburst ST

  • Fiberglass reinforced blade surface
  • Will not break easily
  • An expensive option

4. ZJ Sport Hawaii Hybrid

  • Choices between 45 and 52 inches
  • Reinforced throat
  • Not for those who want all wood

3. Bending Branches Cruiser Plus 11

  • Built for power and toughness
  • Performs well in fast-flowing water
  • Comes in plenty of lengths

2. Carlisle Beavertail

  • Smooth and sleek
  • Good price-to-quality ratio
  • Hardwearing coating

1. Bending Branches BB Special

  • Gentle 11-degree bend
  • 7-laminate blade
  • Classic palm grip

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