Why Should You Buy A Square Stern Canoe? [2022]

Why Should You Buy A Square Stern Canoe? 

Square back canoe

Abigail ScottByAbigail Scott
Updated on 6/23/2022

Square stern canoes are an excellent option for fishing and duck hunting. For the last 15 years, I have been using Square stern canoes exclusively for duck hunting. Square stern canoes are also known as square back canoes. In this article, we will discuss why you should use square stern canoes for fishing and hunting. Read on to find out why. 


Canoes with square backs look just like standard canoes, except that the stern end of the boat is squared off so that a small motor can easily be attached to the back of the boat. A small outboard motor or trolling motor can easily be attached to the stern of a square back canoe to use power instead of paddling. In general, you should be able to use the motor for most of the trip and then paddle in the last few kilometers.

There is a downside that square back canoes have compared to traditional canoes: they are more difficult to paddle. As a result of the flat back of the canoe, it is more difficult for the boat to track (remain in a straight line), so it moves at a slower pace. If you are to motor out to a fishing spot or duck hunting spot, you will not need to paddle much anyway, as you might motor out to the location relatively quickly.

Benefits Of A Square Back Canoe

Square Stern Canoe Benefits


One of the best features of a flat back canoe is the ability to attach a small outboard motor or trolling motor. Adding a motor to your kayak will help you get to your favorite fishing and duck hunting spots faster than you ever could by paddling alone. Some pretty light trolling motors are available to ensure that the whole rig will remain lightweight even if weight is a factor.


Square back canoes come in various sizes so that you can find the one that's perfect for you. In general, smaller models are a little easier to handle, but they don't carry as much capacity as larger models. Larger models can carry more weight, but they are more challenging to handle. It would be best if you first defined what you need your boat to do and then determined the optimal size according to what you need.


Despite their flat backs, flat back canoes are more stable than traditional canoes, which are not as tough as a Jon boat or other larger boats. When you're fishing or hunting ducks from your boat, you can keep your balance much easier with the added stability. It is easy to stand to fish or shoot without worrying about losing your balance when using particular models. If you are hunting or fishing with someone else, you should give your partner extra attention to ensure that you do not throw them off balance.

The versatility of a canoe means that it can cram itself into obscure nooks and crannies of a waterway where a boat wouldn't fit. This is the reason why they're a favorite among anglers and duck hunters. Canoes of all kinds, from traditional to modern, can be an option to consider when staying close to shore. It is important to note, however, that most people don't want to hike several miles to their preferred hunting or fishing location to paddle back at the end of the day.

You may have a hard time deciding what brand of the square back canoe to buy when searching for some more popular brands. Some people may have been able to find these items at an excellent price in an outdoor store or a boat store, that is if they were able to find a new one. The best option is to choose a brand with a reputation for producing high-quality canoes.


Grumman aluminum canoes are among the most popular and well-respected canoes today. Canoes like the Grumman 19' Square-Stern are particularly popular, but the company also manufactures other models that are well-made. Due to its size, this particular model has a large carrying capacity and a high level of stability. Grumman canoes are made of sturdy construction and are better at tracking than many other canoe models. There is a significant amount of paddling you are bound to do if you think that you will be paddling a lot. 

Old Town

The Old Town Discovery Sport 15 is a famous square-back model that offers the same features as the other boats in the Old Town Discovery series but in a smaller, more manageable package. Its hull is constructed from polyethylene and is durable and stable. Since the Sport 15 is a smaller canoe, its carrying capacity is a little less than some other square back canoes. However, if you don't need to carry much weight, that can be an excellent trade-off for you.


A Wenonah Backwater Square Stern Canoe is a 15-foot canoe that comes in various weight and color options. A lightweight canoe like this is ideal if you are looking for one. It is important to note that the Ultra-light variety is less durable than the regular variety if you will be paddling in areas with a lot of rocks or shells. They will also be a bit heavier due to their Flex-Core options, but they will also be more durable.

Where Can I Buy A Square-Back Canoe?

Don't forget to be ready for a hunt when you decide to purchase a square-back canoe! There aren't many online retailers who sell them. It is typically possible to buy one directly from a manufacturer if that is what you would like to do. Despite the fact that they might be back-ordered, they will be able to give you a timeline on when they are available for shipping. 

Otherwise, your best bet would be to find a local boat store, fishing store, or second-hand gear store and see if they have any square-back canoes available. It is possible that some local boat stores may not have them in stock, but they might be able to order them for you.

If there is a local outfitter that rents out canoes near you, ask if they have any of their rental boats for sale. A great way to find a canoe with a square back that is of good quality is to get recommendations from local boaters. Furthermore, there are websites like eBay and Craigslist where you can find used canoes for sale. 

I suggest that you bring a way to transport the canoe with you when you pick up your square back canoe if you are purchasing it locally. Canoes with square backs can usually be tied onto a roof rack like a standard canoe, but you should check with the current owner of the boat before you pick it up to ensure that this is possible. A boat trailer might be necessary if the boat is particularly long. In the event that you already own a boat trailer, you should be able to haul almost any square back canoe on it.


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