Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Kingfisher Options

  • Tuf-weave Flex-Core

    55 lb
    Fiberglass Composite
  • Flex-Core w/Kevlar

    51 lb
    Kevlar/aramid Composite
  • Ultra-light w/Kevlar

    39 lb
    Kevlar/aramid Composite

    Kingfisher Description

    If your sporting plans call for a lot of gear, tackle, decoys, and a dog, the Kingfisher is your canoe. It's a great boat for catching sharks and snook in the no motor zones of the everglades or just taking the kids fishing for blue gills at the lake. This recreational hull extremely stable and very comfortable for larger paddlers. You can easily get in and out with your waders on and there's no need to worry about stability when shooting out of this canoe. It's two feet longer than the Fisherman and has more capacity, but at 16 feet it's still easy to maneuver.

    Kingfisher Specs and Features

    • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
    • Seating Configuration: Tandem
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

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    Kingfisher Reviews

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    Fishing, canoe camping,. Very…

    Submitted by: masterdiver92 on 7/26/2020
    Fishing, canoe camping,. Very good stable canoe, 51 lbs, 40 inches wide, great for large paddlers. Balanced for portaging.

    For several years, I have…

    Submitted by: Flyfishingwoman on 9/4/2019

    For several years, I have used my 16 foot, ultralight Kevlar Wenonah Kingfisher on a nearly daily basis. (I live on a lake in Arkansas). Being in my 60's, I have extensive experience canoeing various types of water and canoes.

    The Kingfisher provides a stable platform for fly-fishing, holds enough gear for a weeklong canoe camping trip and with minor modification is an outstanding solo as well as tandem canoe.

    I paddle Canadian style. Added a center seat using Wenonah seat brackets. Kneeling, the Kingfisher will lean to the gunwales allowing for freestyle strokes. It is responsive and stable. Even in the wind, quartering the bow and kneeling makes it very competent. It isn't a fast canoe, but I don't have the need to race. I find Kingfisher is my favorite and the canoe I use most.

    Canoe camping is made much more enjoyable with this canoe. Lots of room for gear, and easily portaged.

    Due to an unexpected flash flood in June of 2019 on the Buffalo River (Arkansas) it literally saved my life when, paddling solo, I was forced to paddle 22 miles to get off the river. After six hours of fairly calm water, I suddenly encountered Class three haystacks and class four rapids. A few easily repairable scrapes was the only damage. I wouldn't recommend actually using a Kingfisher for such encounters, but I never dumped unlike many others and felt in control of my fate.

    The Kingfisher is a versatile canoe. From the saltwater flats of Florida to the lakes and rivers of Arkansas, I trust it to be a predictable companion for paddling adventures.


    Bought this a few weeks ago…

    Submitted by: john.hartmangruber on 7/30/2019

    Bought this a few weeks ago but this was the first time we had a chance to get it wet. It was manufactured September 2013 but we're the first owners. I really like the 39# weight of the Kevlar UL as compared to our last 84# Royalex 17' Duck Hunter by Mad River. It's easy enough for me to load on the truck top by myself if necessary. We only had a short time to paddle so we launched at a close-by freshwater tidal creek and paddled about 2 to 3 miles each way. The tide and wind were opposite of each other but the Kingfisher was easy enough to control. It did seem a bit sluggish while headed up tide but that was expected. We were lightly loaded with just me and the wife. No other gear other than the essentials. This boat is definitely slower than the Duck Hunter and I think not quite as stable. By all reports the stability should improve with more weight. I didn't try to stand since it's been awhile since we paddled anything. I was interested to see how the flat bottom tracked as compared to the shallow V on the previous boat but it did seem to track straight enough for our purposes. Our primary use will be when we take the RV to lakes and slow rivers, no rapids at all will be intentionally traveled. Maybe we'll even catch enough fish to stink up the skillet. FWIW: I'm definitely not an expert paddler but not a total novice either. I'm sure we'll like this boat even better after we get to know each other better.


    I have had the Kingfisher 16…

    Submitted by: paddler236710 on 4/27/2016
    I have had the Kingfisher 16 Tuf-weave® layup for almost 10 years. I use it for fishing and leisure paddling on small lakes and streams. At only 55 lbs. I can take the canoe on and off my car with ease. For fishing I can easily stand without even thinking that it may tip. I have even put an electric trolling motor on it and performs excellent. As for paddling, the gunwale is 38 inches and does catch the wind and is somewhat hard to keep in a straight line. With that said it is easy to compensate for the wind. I have some superficial scratches on the bottom from dragging it on gravel but over all hull construction it has been excellent.

    For leisure paddling my wife and I love it. It is large enough to have provisions for a day or even an overnight excursion. I have soloed with the canoe by reverse seating from back to the front seat and with a little ballast arranging it works fine on a calm day. My wife loves paddling the canoe so much many times she will paddle as I stand up in front of the canoe and fish.

    My wife and I love the canoe and give it a 10 out of 10 for our experiences with the canoe.


    I purchased this as a work…

    Submitted by: kross on 8/5/2015
    I purchased this as a work canoe. It has a huge capacity, is just light enough for easy handling, and paddles reasonably well for a very wide canoe. The primary stability is off the charts. I have no problem running a chainsaw while standing in the bow. There are not many canoes that can handle that. For my purposes it is superb.

    I would give it a ten except that I believe there no perfect boats. It is very close, at least if you want what this canoe offers.


    I own a Kingfisher in the…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/26/2007
    I own a Kingfisher in the Kevlar Flex-Core layup. I feel this is the ultimate fishing canoe. Paddling it solo from the bow seat in reverse I can stand to fish when desired. Also holds plenty of gear for two. The Kevlar is a must for the construction,due to its width. It is a very comfortable boat to relax in. It is not the easiest canoe I have owned to paddle, yet its stability and volume offer a great day of fishing. I have landed 40" plus muskies out of this boat and never once felt I was in danger of capsizing. If you love to fish from a canoe and are not overly concerned about efficiency, this is your boat.

    We purchased a Kingfisher…

    Submitted by: paddler231572 on 5/18/2006
    We purchased a Kingfisher from a canoe/kayak specialty store in Austin, this being the recommended model from our knowledgeable saleperson. Our family tried it out last weekend on a river camping trip with another family and couldn't be more pleased with our purchase. We were loaded down with lots of camping and fishing gear and this canoe is easy to paddle and very stable. We never came close to tipping, even in fast water. For fishing, the stability is a huge bonus. This boat is wide, which allows for lots of room to carry gear. Since the Llano River is rocky in some areas, the Royalex did get some scuffs and minor scratches, but no harm done. Amoung our group, there were 4 canoes and we tried out the others and were glad we chose the We-no-noh Kingfisher, it was the best of all. This is a great all around canoe that is perfect for our needs while being lighweight and of very good quality. We are so pleased with our purchase, we are considering buying another We-no-nah so we won't have to borrow another canoe for our family of 5. Can't go wrong with this one unless you want to set speed records.

    My family and I love our…

    Submitted by: waterjunkie on 8/11/2005
    My family and I love our Kingfisher (royalex). Here's how we have used it with much fun and success:

  • single person fly fishing in a lake -- sitting and standing (takes reasonable balance)
  • lake trolling with three in the boat and two poles in the water (highly recommend c-clamp pole holders)
  • lake adventuring with two adults, two kids and a dog against a strong wind (the weight definitely helped us through this one as similar situation paddling solo was painful--it's the only reason I give this canoe a 9 vs. a 10)

    We load it right on to factory racks on our expedition. At 65 lbs and some additional fishing gear two adults can carry it 75-150 yards fairly easily--more than that and you start to feel the burn. It's fantastic for trolling, flyfishing and the only reason I am considering a motor is to get to the secret spots quicker.

    If you are going to solo and face a lot of wind often, I'd consider a different model.

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    I purchased a Kingfisher in…

    Submitted by: paddler231195 on 7/12/2005
    I purchased a Kingfisher in UL Kevlar on June 1, 2005 in Inlet NY. My main use will be 2-4 day trips on lakes and rivers with some short to medium portages. Light weight, capacity, stability and seaworthiness were my main considerations. I also test paddled the Spirit II and The Adirondack. I have been canoeing and kayaking for 35+ years. The Kingfisher fit my needs to a tee. The day after we purchased it my wife and I spent a day fishing and paddling around Indian Lake in the Adirondacks. We were both impressed with its stability, and ease of paddling. We then went on a four day trip down the Bog River Flow to Low's Lake. We were carrying 600 lbs of people and gear. The boat paddled like a dream. It's not a racing boat but very easy to paddle, tracks well (better with a load) and was very maneuverable. We encountered 1.5-2 ft waves one day with no problem. If you want a super stable boat with good capacity and aren’t out to win any races this is the boat for you.

    I just purchased my…

    Submitted by: paddler231083 on 5/17/2005
    I just purchased my Kingfisher (Royalex) and so far I love it. It is a high quality canoe with all the right features for me. I am an avid fly fisherman so I was searching for something that I could stand up and cast. This canoe performed beautifully! The first time I stood I was amazed at the stability. I had an excitable dog with me but it didn't matter - rock solid. I also was looking for a canoe that I could solo most of the time, but available for tandem as well. I'm 6'1" 190lbs and it works for me. It’s a little awkward putting it on my truck canoe racks, but really not bad considering it is 16'. I put weight in the front and sat in the stern seat and it worked well. I was no speed demon, but I moved along nicely. The wind pushed me around a little but nothing major. It seemed par for the course for a canoe. If you are looking for a quality canoe and a solid platform for sporting type activities I would highly recommend this canoe.

    I paddle this canoe on local…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/3/2004
    I paddle this canoe on local lakes for fishing and bird watching. I have the Kevlar Flex Core version. It is very stable and glides surprisingly well, despite its width. At 51 lbs it is quite manageable for my 14 year old son and I to get on top of my van and get to the lake. My only complaint so far after one season is that it does seem to get blown around in the wind. There is plenty of room for an ice chest and fishing tackle and any other gear you might need for a day trip or overnight.