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Sanborn Canoe Company

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Any old name can give a bit of information, but the best names tell a story. Maquoketa or Maquaw-Autaw from the Meskwaki language translates to English as Bear River. While the story may be lost to the fog of time, legend has it the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming was formed when a giant, hungry bear chased two Lakota girls in search of lunch. The girls prayed to the Great Spirit to be saved. The Great Spirit caused the rocks to rise high into the sky. Still in pursuit, the bear scratched and clawed at the cliff, carving deep marks in the rock. Despite his fury, the bear wasn’t able to climb the sheer rock face. Beaten, he turned and slunk away. Perhaps, it was this very same giant bear, smarting from recent defeat, he skulked his way along the banks of the Maquoketa. Coming upon a cave, he crawled deep inside and sleeps there still.


This design is painted on our Voyageur Heritage Paddle. With an elegantly traditional blade shape these are graceful in and out of the water. They’re perfect for lazy turns around the lake or for gracing the wall of your cabin. Each is a laminated combination of Red Alder, Basswood, and Black Walnut.

Paddle Durability:
Cabin Cruiser
Wood has an oil finish / Paint is finished with a SPAR Polyurethane
Walnut, Aspen and Western Red Cedar
Blade Dimensions:
5" x 26"
Malta White, Bordeaux Red, Poseydon Blue, Yosemite Yellow
Paddle Length:

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  • 5
    Perfect Paddle

    Posted by Wheaty on Dec 6th 2021

    Great workmanship! Distinct yet elegant! Our Lake Hose loves it!

  • 5
    Must Have Paddle

    Posted by John Swieter on Jan 4th 2021

    Purchasing the Maquoketa paddle as part of my paddle collection was a no brainer. I am originally from Maquoketa, Iowa and that is the river I started canoeing and canoe racing on when I was younger. When I saw they had one featured on their website it was an easy decision and emotionally driven purchase. It will hold a prominent place in my paddle collection which includes a few other Sandborn paddles and other custom paddles I have collected over the years.