Navarro Canoe Co.

Navarro Canoe Co., located in Rock island, IL is carrying on the timeless tradition of handcrafting canoes, with wooden interiors, that offer the finest in beauty and performance. Each made to order canoe is unique and takes a team of builders several weeks to make. While the hull of each canoe is a typical composite material, what sets a Navarro canoe apart is upper wooden structures that add distinctiveness. Inlaid ribs are always cherry used in a combination with other woods to trim out the canoe. Other wooden canoe accessories are also handmade in the shop. As much as possible, woods are locally and sustainably sourced.  

The company is located very close to the Mississippi River which offers great paddling opportunities as well as chances to connect with those who are paddling the big river. The shop has both a show room and a working area. A call ahead can allow for a test paddle or a peek into the process of making a canoe.  

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Latitude: 41.510221 Longitude: -90.568304 Elevation: 566 ft
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Seasons Open

Open year round, but a call ahead is best

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

The Navarro Canoe Co. is a small business located close to a big river. The building itself is in the arts district in Rock Island, IL, but the canoes made there travel to all corners of the United States. Canoes are shipped, after being custom ordered, to both the east and west coast and anywhere in between.  

The shop is owned by a couple pursuing encore careers after retiring from healthcare and education.  Part of the fun of the company has been the learning curve to make canoes and promote canoes. Of course, being able to paddle in some very attractive boats is a reward in itself. 



Accessibility Notes

A shop visit is best suited for older children or adults.

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