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Sanborn Canoe Company

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Paddle Stats:

Blade Length: 19”

Blade Width: 7.5”

Approximate Weight: 24 oz.

One of our bestsellers, the Minnesota canoe paddle offers tremendous versatility with unmatched style. The large blade creates great acceleration in the water, and the tip narrows a bit to create smoother entry and a quieter paddling experience. The Minnesota is also extremely durable; the all-hardwood construction is strong and snappy, and the blade is fully reinforced with fiberglass as well as finished off with an intricate epoxy rock guard. It is the perfect backcountry paddle. 

The Minnesota is available in both a straight shaft and bent shaft option. Straight shafts are typically preferred for stern paddlers (the rear of the canoe) for more subtle steering strokes, whereas the 12° bent shaft option will typically be preferred by bow paddlers (the front of the canoe) who are looking to maximize forward propulsion.

Both options feature unvarnished grips. An oiled grip feels warmer and smoother in the hands and is less prone to cause blistering. On the bent shaft paddles is an asymmetrical palm grip; its forward lean helps ensure a secure grip while the soft curves still allow for comfortable rotation in the hand, easing the rotation needed for corrective strokes in the water. The straight shaft grip is symmetrical, and the soft curves make rotation for corrective and steering strokes effortless.

Blade Width (widest point):
Blade Length (Tip to Throat):
Red Alder, Ash, Cherry, Walnut, Aspen
Blade Reinforcement:
Fiberglassed + Epoxy Rock Guard

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  • 5

    Posted by Brian Oelberg on Oct 18th 2022

    I've bought two different models over the past year, and both have been terrific. I'm amazed at how strong and lightweight they are in addition to being both comfortable and beautiful. I recently visited their facility in Winona and was given a impromptu tour of their process and was very impressed at the care they put into all of their products

  • 5
    Excellent Experience

    Posted by Alexander Lehinger on Oct 14th 2022

    Wonderfully made paddle. Excellent customer service.

  • 5
    Minnesota Paddle

    Posted by Steve Shindell on Jun 15th 2021

    It literally could not be nicer. Very happy.

  • 5
    special to me

    Posted by Reid Graf on Feb 23rd 2021

    I asked for custom features got exactly what I wanted. Winter now have not used it sure it will be fine. This is the second custom I have ordered

  • 5
    Minnesota Canoe Paddle

    Posted by Bruce Kulpan on Nov 15th 2020

    Wonderful craftsmanship. Beautiful, functional paddle.

  • 5
    Minnesota paddle

    Posted by Bryan Larison on Aug 18th 2020

    I truly love this paddle. Obviously it’s beautiful but it’s also technically perfect and efficient. The paddle is light weight and digs into the stroke and exits cleanly. Get it bent! And when you’re not in the water you can hang this beauty on the wall.

  • 5
    Minnesota straight wilderness paddle

    Posted by SCOTT ENGH on Jul 28th 2020

    Beautiful paddle! Todd made me a custom length bent Minnesota last year. Match straight to go with, and shorter for kneeling. New style grip shakes it up a bit, too. This paddle has a bit more heft; not going to let you down when going gets rough.

  • 5
    Canoe paddle

    Posted by KeithH on Jul 15th 2020

    Absolutely love the craftsmanship in my new Minnesota paddle. It was hand built to my measurements. They stated it would take 6-8 weeks for delivery and that was exactly how long it took. The colors of the wood selected and the fantastic designs were what sold me on this paddle and I hoped it would be built strong enough to really use as a wilderness paddle and not just a looker to use a time or two and then hang up. The shaft is strong and nicely ovaled with a not too thin diameter for getting a good grip. The handles come un-oiled which is perfect. The blades are not too thin and are glass covered for strength and durability. Blade size is great...not too big to wear you out during an all day paddle but large enough to get a great purchase in the water. I'm 110% satisfied with this paddle.

  • 5
    Minnesota paddle

    Posted by Pete on Jan 7th 2020

    Great quality , smooth and ultralight , obviously made by a craftsman. Highly recommend.

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