Beavertail Canoe Paddle

This year, we’ve been calling on some of Maine’s best to help craft our 100th anniversary products. We’re proud to stand behind such high-quality handiwork – from a gorgeous set of Old Town canoes to a special Bamboo Fly Rod. Now, we’d like to highlight our Anniversary Canoe Paddle, crafted right here in Maine.


L.L.Bean 100th Anniversary Canoe Paddle

Our limited edition 100th Anniversary Canoe Paddle

This paddle is made from softwoods reclaimed from the bottom of the Penobscot River by West Branch Heritage Timber. As the story goes, river drivers used the Penobscot to transport over two trillion feet of timber from the 1700s until 1971. Some of this timber sank to the bottom where it was perfectly preserved; this is the wood used to make our Anniversary Canoe Paddle. The reclaimed wood displays different characteristics based on how long it’s been in the river, so each paddle is unique in appearance.


Masters of the craft since 1858, Shaw & Tenney, of Orono, Maine, were commissioned to manufacture our one-of-a-kind paddles. They’re finished with a high-gloss marine urethane and each features our 100th anniversary logo.


What do you think of the paddles? What is your favorite anniversary product so far?

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