Went on a 60 mile canoe trip down the Allegeheny with the scouts. Saw 11 bald eagles, 6 deer including one baby that was sleeping where I found 2 good trees for my hammock, mom came to get him through camp at about 3 AM, a porucipine, bunch of squirrles, a bass (BIG) took flight next to our canoe, a carp fight, a bunch of herons, 100's of wood ducks (lots of babys) lots of geese, and a couple mallards.
Started on a Wed night, landed on a island and made camp after about 700 yards. Up the next morning and did 21 miles, then 23 miles, then 14, and finished Sun morning with 2. Pretty good trip, only one problem child. Almost all of them packed in a single back pack.
The son enjoyed the trip, and I did to. Both my daughters said it looked like fun.
I could use a suggestion on a canoe. If I buy it will be used so I could use advice on what to look out for.
The ones the scouts used were the std Grumman 16 footers and some of the personal ones looked like the same or similar make. They had approx 1" keel.
I was in a Mad river 14' fishing canoe like you see at Dicks. No keel but 2 channels.
There was a 16' old town Discover with what looked like a rounded keel, I didn't get to try that one.
I have been checking Craigslist and the 17' Grummans are from 450-600 and the Old Town Discover and Penobscot (seem similar) are 600 and up. I would go for the OT's but nothing within 200 mi of me. There is a Old Town Guide close for the same as a Grumman but the Guide seems like a cheap little brother in the Old Town line.
I like the Old Town Discover and Penobscot because of the capacity. They would be good for the family and when we do another long trip like this.