News and Events


December 2014

Dec 05, 2014 - Cold Cracks
Cold Cracks...what are they and how do I prevent them?

September 2014

Sep 18, 2014 - Serenade Series: New models now available
New models in the Serenade Series are now available!

August 2014

Aug 08, 2014 - Introducing FGX Fiberglass
Mad River returns to its roots with the introduction of Fiberglass Expedition layup

Aug 08, 2014 - 2015 line - A return to our roots
The 2015 product line is a return to the roots of Mad River, and a reflection on our dedication to making the world's finest canoes.

Aug 08, 2014 - NEW Ultralite Models for 2015!
Mad River debuts the innovative new ultralite material that has everyone talking

April 2014

Apr 22, 2014 - Confluence Watersports Acquired by J.H. Whitney
Confluence Watersports was recently acquired by private equity firm J.H. Whitney.

March 2014

Mar 19, 2014 - Paddle Nation Offering Multiple Grants in 2014

November 2013

Nov 26, 2013 - Appalachia to Atchafalaya: Duo Embarks on 2,200 Mile Journey
Duo paddles from North Carolina to New Orleans

August 2013

Aug 05, 2013 - Outdoor Retailer 2013: The Scoop on 2014
Click here to get the scoop on Mad River's product line updates coming in 2014.

July 2013

Jul 17, 2013 - Shannon Christy: A Tribute
As many of you have probably heard by now, our Confluence family suffered a tremendous loss last Thursday with the passing of Shannon Christy. She is greatly loved and will be greatly missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.

June 2013

Jun 04, 2013 - Ask The Expert Why the Freedom Solo?
An in-depth analysis of the Freedom solo.

Jun 03, 2013 - Art & Adventure in Arctic Alaska Part 2
Mountains, wildlife, wild weather and a wild river; the second of two art journeys circumnavigating the western Brooks Range by canoe.

May 2013

May 31, 2013 - Ask The Expert: Why the Legend 16?
An in depth analysis of the Legend 16.

May 22, 2013 - Ask the Expert: Why the Legend 15?
An in depth analysis of the Legend 15.

May 21, 2013 - Win MRC Apparel Package!
Monthly swag giveaway.

May 01, 2013 - Paddlers depart on 740-mile journey from NY to ME
There's still ice on some lakes and ponds but the first paddlers have begun making their way from Old Forge, NY to Fort Kent, Maine.

April 2013

Apr 17, 2013 - It's Always Fishing Season
Shop fishing gear at Harmony!

Apr 08, 2013 - How to make an Origami Canoe
Make a very affordable $1 canoe!

Apr 05, 2013 - Swim1000 Full Film
A film by Miguel Endara covers Dave Cornthwaite's swim across the Missouri River.

Apr 03, 2013 - Ask the Expert: Why The Legend
...described as nimble with little exaggeration.

March 2013

Mar 26, 2013 - Trimming your Canoe
Tips and tricks on trimming your canoe from Jules Burnard!

Mar 21, 2013 - Ask the Expert: Explorer Why the Explorer 15?
Take the abilities that made the Royalex Explorer 16 a benchmark and put them into a more compact hull and you’ve got the Explorer 15. The question might be asked why downsize?

Mar 05, 2013 - Ask the Expert: Explorer Why the Explorer 16?
In depth analysis of the Explorer 16

February 2013

Feb 07, 2013 - Ask the Expert: Why the Explorer?
“Deserving of emulation” – check; “durable and possessive of longevity” – check; “standard-setting” – check; the list goes on.

Feb 05, 2013 - Pre-Spring Care and Repair for Your Kayak or Canoe
Shop now for care and repair items at

January 2013

Jan 21, 2013 - Canoe and Kayak: Verlen Kruger stories “from the vault”
A look back at Kruger and Landick's Ultimate Canoe Challenge

December 2012

Dec 13, 2012 - 'Grey Owl Cabin' ThePaddler Magazine
Ajawaan Lake, Prince Albert National Park

November 2012

Nov 28, 2012 - Tucking Your Canoe In For a Long Winter's Rest - Part 2
Part 2 on getting your vessel ready for winter!

Get your vessel ready for winter!

October 2012

Oct 22, 2012 - Swim1000 Completed
Dave Cornthwaite and crew made it with the help of their Legend 16!!

September 2012

Sep 10, 2012 - The Serenade Featured in SGB
Check out this SGB article on the Serenade

Sep 05, 2012 - Swim1000 Missouri River Expedition Update
Swim1000, David Cornthwaite, coverage with MRC

August 2012

Aug 09, 2012 - Mad River Canoe sponsors Swim1000 Missouri River Expedition
A Legend 16 Canoe will carry gear, provide a stable platform for filming

July 2012

Jim Henry and Mad River Canoe in the front rank of the designers and manufacturers who revolutionized canoeing.

Jul 03, 2012 - Dave Cornthwaite: Team Mad River Canoe
MRC sponsors 'Expedition 1000'

June 2012

Jun 15, 2012 - Serenade 13 reviewed on
Read the review of paddler who switched over to the Serenade 13!

May 2012

May 09, 2012 - Serenade feature in Outside Magazine's Buyers Guide
2012 Outside Spring/Summer Buyer's Guide

May 04, 2012 - Learn: To Tie or Not to Tie
Thoughts on packing a tripping canoe.

April 2012

Apr 13, 2012 - Bomber Gear Tech Apparel
Announcing the arrival of Bomber Gear's tech apparel, perfect for where ever you MRC takes you!

March 2012

Mar 29, 2012 - Serenade 13 - Versatility of a Canoe, Comfort of a Kayak
Informational video on the the Serenade 13

Mar 14, 2012 - Outdoor Nation Youth Paddle Grant Winners Announced
A Total of $30,000 in Awards Made Possible
by Support from Outdoor Retailer

Mar 07, 2012 - Ask the Experts: The Most Versatile Canoe Outfitting Material on Earth
Minicell Foam: The Most Versatile Canoe Outfitting Material on Earth

Mar 05, 2012 - Harmony Safety Sale
10% off sale on the Harmony safety category until 3/18.  Plus free shipping on $50 or more.

February 2012

Feb 23, 2012 - 25% Percent Off Logo Apparel on!
25% off!

January 2012

Jan 12, 2012 - Outdoor Nation: Connecting Young Americans With Their Waterways.
Outdoor Nation is accepting applications from now until the February 15th so apply today!

Jan 10, 2012 - Now Accepting Applications!
Interested in connecting young Americans with our Waterways?  Have a great idea on how to accomplish that?  Apply today for a chance at winning a grant to put your idea into action.

November 2011

Nov 17, 2011 - Ask The Experts - Aspirations of a Composite Canoe
A deeper look into the myriad of reasons for investing in a quality composite canoe.

Nov 14, 2011 - Mad River Canoe Logo Apparel Sale
50% off all Mad River Canoe logo apparel!

August 2011

Aug 30, 2011 - Paddling Community Loses Whitewater Pioneer
John L. Berry of Belchertown, MA, died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the age of 86. Berry lived in Bethesda, Maryland and was an outstanding whitewater canoeist and competitor.

Aug 04, 2011 - Some habits are hard to kick.
Sometimes you have to take a look back at where you've been to know where you're going.  In honor of our founder's vision and out of commitment to our original purpose, we're bringing in the next 40 with a throwback to our roots.

Aug 02, 2011 - Sneak Peek from the Workshop: The Serenade 13
Get your sneak peek at the capable hyrid solo Serenade 13, a much desired fiberglass addition to the line!

June 2011

Jun 02, 2011 - MRC 40th Anniversary Explorer
Forty years ago, in a small workshop on a picturesque hill in Vermont, a tradition of innovation and craftsmanship was born in Mad River Canoe.  In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, we’re offering a limited-time special edition of one of our most revered classics: the Explorer Kevlar. 

May 2011

May 23, 2011 - Ask the Experts: Royalex vs. 3-Layer Polyethylene
At first glance there’s not much to set these two canoe materials apart. How different are they? What makes Royalex worth the extra dollars? What kind of needs would be well served by polyethylene?

May 09, 2011 - Garden & Gun Secret Society Weekend
The pages of one of Mad River Canoe's favorite magazines are being brought to life.  On June 2–5, we're teaming up with Garden & Gun at the second annual Secret Society Weekend at Blackberry Farm, in Walland, Tennessee.

May 06, 2011 - Coming soon...
We're celebrating our 40th Anniversary in a big way - with a throwback to our roots.  Coming soon...

April 2011

Apr 07, 2011 - Ask the Experts: Paddles - Straight, Bent or even (Gasp!) go Double?
One decision just about all canoeists face at some point is whether to opt for a straight shaft paddle or a bent shaft. For some, such as those paddling whitewater exclusively, it’s a moot point, the straight shaft wins hands down. But for just about every other paddler, the decision merits some consideration.

March 2011

Mar 25, 2011 - NEW Logo Apparel
Our latest and best logo apparel yet is now available through select retailers and at! This collection is sure to keep you stylish when you're not on the water and comfortable when you are.

Mar 09, 2011 - Ask the Experts: Features to consider when choosing a paddle
It can be argued - which is the more important purchase, the canoe or the paddle(s)? As might be expected due to cost and investment, most people think first of the canoe but your choice of paddle can have an equal, if not greater, impact on the quality of your paddling experience.

February 2011

Feb 01, 2011 - Ask the Expert: Getting the Most Out of Your Test Paddle
Buying a canoe without a test paddle is akin to buying a car without a test drive. You better have a very, very, good idea of what you’re buying or there’s going to be some surprises and not all of them are likely to be positive.  In this month's "Ask the Expert" article, we're providing a few tips on how to get the most out of a test paddle.

January 2011

Jan 28, 2011 - 40th Anniversary Year Kick-Off
This is Mad River Canoe's 40th Anniversary year, and it is emerging quite refreshed for 2011.

Jan 06, 2011 - Ask the Experts: Why and Wonder of Wood Gunwales
While they require more TLC than any of our other gunwale systems, wood gunwales still remain a viable and often preferred option.  Ever wondered why?

December 2010

Dec 14, 2010 - Malecite Ultralite makes the Men's Journal "Best List"
Mad River's Malecite Ultralite made the Men's Journal "Best List" in this month's Gear of the Year issue as "Best Canoe."

Dec 09, 2010 - Ask the Experts: Winterizing your Canoe
December's "Ask the Expert" article offers a few tips on how to ensure that your canoe is well taken care of before retiring it for its well-deserved winter nap.

October 2010

Oct 25, 2010 - Return from the Depths
A prototype of the Destiny is retrieved from the R & D pond after 5 years under water with fully functional seats, an intact hull, and fully capable of being paddled today.

August 2010

Aug 04, 2010 - 2011 Models Launch
Mad River Canoe opened up OR Day 1 with the announcement of a few new models.

July 2010

Jul 31, 2010 - Paddlesports Live Blog
Be sure to check the Paddlesports Live Blog to stay up-to-date on what is happening at Outdoor Retailer 2010 and to learn about the 2011 Mad River products.

June 2010

Jun 28, 2010 - Explorer LT 16 in Outside Magazine
Mad River Explorer LT 16 is rated as Outside Magazine's top paddling & surf gear in the canoes category in the 2010 Buyer's Guide!

February 2010

Feb 11, 2010 - Canoeroots Mag Features the Eco
Canoeroots Magazine Spring Edition goes in-depth on the Mad River Canoe Eco "green canoe."

August 2009

Aug 31, 2009 - Mad River Canoe Announces Palm Equipment As Exclusive Distributor in the UK
Effective September 1, 2009, Confluence Watersports will appoint Palm Equipment International to be the exclusive distributor of Mad River Canoes in the U.K. Palm currently distributes fellow Confluence brands, Dagger, Wilderness Systems and Adventure Technology paddles, and will continue to do so.

July 2009

Jul 29, 2009 - Mad River Canoe Thinks Green with ECO Concept Boat
“Going Green.” For some, it’s a fad. For others it’s a mission. For Mad River Canoe, it’s not as much a matter of fashion as it is principle. For our newest concept boat, we decided to take a journey of discovery: to figure out what we’re doing right and what we can do better. The journey was fruitful. The findings were many. And the cumulative result is the Malecite ECO.

Jul 16, 2009 - Outdoor Retailer Coverage on Liveblog Previews Upcoming Mad River
Mad River Canoe has a lot in store for the 2009/2010 season. Building on a great showing last year, we're upping the ante at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City.

Jul 07, 2009 - Become a Mad River Fan on Facebook
Show your support for your Mad River Canoe (or canoes) by becoming a "fan" of our Facebook page!

April 2009

Apr 01, 2009 - Mad River Launches Paddle It Forward Program
"Paddle It Forward” is a simple concept in which everyone gives a little, and receives a lot. Donate your used hard-shell kayak or canoe to any 501(c)(3), outdoor or environmental educational organization and bring the proof of donation to a participating Confluence dealer. With this proof of donation, you will receive nearly 20-percent off the cost of a new kayak or canoe.

March 2009

Mar 28, 2009 - Expedition 186cx Limited Edition Available Now!
With only 50 hand-crafted and individually numbered canoes being made worldwide, you’ll want to get you hands on this one before the chance is gone.

December 1969

- Ask the Experts: The Most Versatile Canoe Outfitting Material on Earth

- NEW Ultralite Models for 2015!

- Reviews of the Serenade 13