Handcrafted Canoes


Navarro Canoe Co., located in Rock Island, IL., is carrying on the timeless tradition of handcrafting canoes that offer the finest in beauty and performance.  Each canoe is unique and made to order with a kevlar, fiberglass or a combination of fiberglass and kevlar hull.  The beautiful hardwoods used for the ribs and outer structures add rigidity and distinctiveness to the look of the canoe.  Canoes can be ordered in a variety of styles and colors to be shipped within the continental United States. Our canoes are functional works of art that can be passed on through generations.  



“Truly beautiful canoe. It’s like paddling fine cabinetry with the extra element of great performance in a variety of water and wind conditions.”

Mark, a Navarro owner


The Navarro Story

Navarro Canoe Co. has a long history of excellence in craftsmanship and innovation in design for contemporary canoe enthusiasts.  Like his grandfather, L. H. Beach, Vernon Pew combined wooden ribs and composite hulls when he began Navarro Canoe Co. in California.  The company is now located in Rock Island, IL.   

 Vernon Pew also incorporated the touring designs of professional paddler Bob Foote to handcraft each limited edition canoe.  Hand-laid hulls are either kevlar, fiberglass, or a combination of the two materials.  This gives rigidity and strength without excessive weight.  Fully sealed cherry wood ribs add distinction and beauty to the inside of each canoe.  Other hardwoods are used for the upper structures.  Large wooden-framed seats are laced with durable nylon.  Each canoe is a unique and beautiful piece.

Navarro Canoe Co. handcrafts a variety of models to fit all paddling needs.  Our timeless craftsmanship for today's canoe creates a beautiful piece that performs with excellence.  


How to Order a Navarro Canoe

We offer six different canoe models, each tailored to specific interests of the canoeing community such as solo-paddling or portaging. The hulls of each model can be constructed of fiberglass, kevlar, or a hybrid combination of the two materials. Several of the canoe models are available in multiple lengths to better suit your canoeing preferences.

All models are available in four standard colors, but additional colors can be custom ordered. At any given time, we have a few specific canoes in stock, but if you have a particular model, build material or color in mind we will be happy to build it for you. We can also discuss other ways we might be able to personalize your choice.  When building a new canoe, build time can range from 4-6 weeks, depending on the specifics of your order.

All canoes can be shipped within the United States. By choosing Navarro, you will know the builder of your canoe and be updated as it is built.