For over 25 years, Savage River has designed and built ultra-light racing and tripping canoes. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality canoes in the industry. Our boats are paddled by many national champions and our line of ultra-light tripping canoes are among the most efficient canoes you’ll see in the Boundary Waters. The secret to our success is that we don’t only build canoes, we paddle them as well.
"John, both Holly and I were very impressed by the organization and layout of your shop. I think you have come a long way since I bought my first Diller 18'6 in 1993 to a second one in 98, to the two I bought for me and John Michael Caloyeras--I won the 99 pro c-1 70 in mine. I then bought a JD Pro and not only did it handle very well for Holly and I, it proved to be very fast and extremely durable--Matt and I really put it through the grinder at the 70 this year. The foam care you use is far superior to the hexcell, especially since it can be heated to regain its shape. Anyhow, the bottom line is that you have not only designed some very fast and innovative boats, you havecontinued to improve your manufacturing methods and quality control and I want to commend you for that. Keep up the good work."
- Marc Gillespie
For over 35 years, John Diller, our designer and founder, has been an avid whitewater paddler, marathon racer and wilderness tripper. His designs are created with speed and handling in mind, making our canoes not only easy to carry but also a joy to paddle.
"Thanks for Building such great boats. You have made my paddling experience a lot more pleasant."
We incorporate the latest in aerospace technology. Using a resin transfer vacuum bagging process with Kevlar, Carbon Fiber and Epoxy resins resulting in the lightest weight-to-strength ratio possible in any canoes, kayaks or SUPs.
Our watercraft are custom built to the customer’s needs and desires. We occasionally have boats in stock for sale but most of our boats are built to order. Our backlog can range from 1 – 3 months depending on the time of year and the number of orders coming in.
We cherish all of your thoughts and ideas. Please let us know what you like or think should be changed in our boats. Our watercraft became the best because of customer feedback.