Canoes remain the superior paddlecraft for many applications for those willing to take the time to learn to properly control them. We do not recommend canoe rentals for inexperienced paddlers, especially for use on rivers. (Please see our FAQ page for more details).
We also recommend that canoe rental customers have an appropriate vehicle for transport, ideally a factory rack or other quality roof rack with crossbars for cars, or a ladder rack for trucks. We do have foam pad kits that can allow canoe transport with some four door vehicles, but have found that the thin sheet metal used in newer models often eliminates that option, Please call us before booking if you have any doubts about your ability to safely transport a canoe.
Those without an appropriate vehicle for transporting a canoe, and are OK taking individual watercraft instead of tandems, may want to consider a couple of our stand-up paddleboards outfitted with a kayak seatback and kayak paddle. This simple conversion transforms the SUP into a lightweight sit-on-top kayak that can be easily transported by virtually any vehicle, inflated at your destination with the provided pump, and then deflated to store and return. Full details can be found at our Paddleboard Rentals page.
If you need assistance in transporting watercraft, Delivery, Pick Up and Shuttle Services are now available, but are likely to appeal primarily to groups of 6 or more. Please see our Additional Services (Ala Carte) page for details.
Our canoe fleet is comprised entirely of Old Town's iconic Discovery series, built with their tough triple-layer polyurethane construction. We offer the Discovery 174 and Discovery 169. The 174 can be outfitted with a third seat to accommodate a third adult (all canoes can accommodate a small child or two riding on boat cushions placed on the floor.
Old Town Discovery 174
Length: 17' 4"
Weight: 83 lbs,
Capacity: Approximately 800 lbs.
Old Town Discovery 169
Length: 16' 9"
Weight: 85 lbs,
Capacity: Approximately 700 lbs.
- All canoe rentals include 2 Canoe Paddles, 2 adult PFD's, and up to 2 youth, child, or infant PFD's upon request. (The 3 seat Discovery 174 includes and additional paddle and adult PFD for the third paddler). Appropriate straps to secure the canoe to your vehicle are also included at no additional charge.
- Extra Paddles, PFD's, or other gear are available for an additional fee.
As with all rentals, the 4:30 - 6:30 afternoon pick up time window is intended for those who intend to get out early the following morning.
Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures canoes can be used on all lakes in NM, as well as rivers up to Class III. We do not rent paddlecraft for use on Class III+ whitewater or above.
Alcohol use is expressly prohibited.
Reservations are required for all rentals. Bookings of up to three days can be made online for pickup on Fridays through Sundays and holidays. Rental pickup involving any other days, or for extended rentals of more than 3 days, please call us at 505-771-1234.