Question: What is the correct length for a canoe paddle?

How long should my paddle be?

The general convention for determining the correct paddle size is to take the rider’s height and add 9-10 inches. If you’re 5’11” ideally you should get a paddle about 80-81 inches, or 6 feet 8 or 9 inches. This is the recommendation for the average user.

How do you pick a canoe paddle shape?


  1. A longer blade will maintain “bite” in a chop.
  2. A narrower blade is quieter and will enter and exit the water with less turbulence.
  3. A broad blade is more powerful and will be better suited for moving water.
  4. A broad blade, surface area being equal, will be better suited for shallow water.

How do you measure for a paddle?

The best way to choose paddle length: On the water: Sit inside the canoe and measure the vertical distance from your nose to the waterline. This measurement should match the distance from a paddle’s grip to the throat, where the paddle shaft meets the blade.

How do you measure the length of a canoe?

Sit down and measure from the floor to your chin. This would be the correct shaft length if your canoe rode on top of the water. Decrease the measured shaft length by an amount equal to the expected draft of your canoe (usually about three inches for the typical touring boat).

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What are short canoe paddles used for?

River/Whitewater Canoe Paddles

Designed with shorter, wider and stiffer blades. These paddles respond to the quick power maneuvers required when paddling fast water and whitewater conditions of rivers and streams. Blade styles include; beavertail, Sugar-island, and whitewater.

What size whitewater paddle do I need?

Paddles are conventionally measured in centimetres. In general, a paddle 196-200 cm in length is good for paddlers between 5’8″ and 6’1″. For paddlers between 5’3″ and 5’8″, a paddle 192-196 cm in length should work great. For paddlers taller than 6’1″, a paddle between 200 and 204 cm’s will be of ample length.