Wenonah’s owner-founder, Mike Cichanowski, was born to paddle. Growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River, his love for the water brought an insatiable curiosity to explore it. His first canoes were made in the family garage. When composites emerged, Mike’s passion became his lifetime career. Over the years, many competitors sold to holding companies or offshored manufacturing. We still manufacture in Winona, MN USA. This remains our philosophy and our way of life for over 50 years.