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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Badger Paddles' Tip of the Week - Best Way to Store a Canoe Paddle

Badger Paddles' Tip of the Week include information on paddling, camping, portaging, boat transport, and maintenance tips, as well as any other information that we may find to be useful around our sett.

Badger Paddles' Tip of the Week - Best Way to Store a Canoe Paddle

This example, of a cherry wood rack,
is designed to hang 2 canoe paddles.
If you haven't already invested in a paddle rack, then now is the time to do it. Solid wood paddles are susceptible to warpage, over time, if stored improperly - especially if left standing or leaning against any wall or surface. Even to lay a paddle flat can cause damage when other items are invariably thrown on top causing scratches, dents or even a bad twist. The best way to store a paddle is to hang it (vertically) in a paddle rack. A Google search (for images) quickly proves paddle racks come in all shapes and sizes, and are made from different materials. And don't forget, all paddles should be stored indoors, to protect them from the elements and sun damage as well as any temperature fluctuations, in order to prolong the life of the paddle.

This example shows a 5 paddle rack in use.
An example of a more modern rack from Oak Orchard.
Do you have any tips to share? Send us your tips and paddling advice - and if your tip is featured here - we will send you a free Badger Paddles sticker!!! All you have to do is email us your suggestions.


  1. I didn't know this,have always stored mine in my closet against a wall. Making a rack seems simple enough. Thanks for the info badger.

  2. I've always been one for hanging my paddles when not in use. Here's a current photo of my setup.

    At one point I had quite the collection hanging on my wall. Every canoe trip was a new paddle and it was retired and mounted on the wall at the end of the trip, got up to over 50 paddles. That's a lot of canoe trips.


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