Navarro Canoe Co. in the News

At Navarro Canoe Co., we aren't just passionate about building great canoes. We're also passionate about helping our community and getting to know our neighbors. Those qualities along with our careful craftsmanship have gotten people talking.



Handcrafted canoe company launches out of Rock Island

A company that makes handcrafted canoes has set up shop in downtown Rock Island, near the banks of the Mississippi River. Bruce and Sue Peterson, of Rock Island, bought Navarro Canoe Co. in Minnesota last fall and relocated it to a former motorcycle shop at 2219 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

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Wooden wonders: Paddling fans cheer revival of Navarro canoes in Q-C

Ask Bruce or Sue Peterson what sets their Navarro canoes apart, and both will be quick to tell you, "Wood." "It's the wood that sets us apart," says Bruce. "We have six different designs, six models, and you get different performance out of them all, but there are a lot of high-tech canoes on the market. It's when you climb into it and see it — that's a totally different experience. 

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Navarro Canoe Co.  A Unique shop 

Navarro Canoe Co. is on the National Geographic Interactive guide for things to see and do along the Mississippi River. Listed as a local point of interest:  unique shop. 

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RI's Blues Brothers get full makeover

From the showroom window at Navarro Canoe Co. just before Easter, a resurrected Jake Blues sat mutely, perhaps contemplating his shiny new life. His taller brother Elwood sat in limbo -- his face covered in green tape, clothes mostly in a white primer -- in Navarro's shop at 2219 3rd Ave., just a few blocks east of where the life-size replicas of the famous Blues Brothers endured years of indignities (natural and man-made), befitting a gritty blues song.

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Navarro Canoe OWners Review their canoes is the largest website for the paddlesports community.  Navarro canoe owners tell about their experiences with various canoe models.

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                              NAVARRO CANOE CO. AND ILLINOIS MADE

                                                   Navarro Canoe Co. has joined other makers and artisans from
                                                   across the state of Illinois in the new IllinoisMade program.  Our
                                                   handcrafted canoes, made in Rock Island by the Mississippi and
                                                   Rock Rivers, travel all over the United States, but are handmade
                                                   in Illinois.