"The Deep Creek is a great overall canoe. I use it for tripping, fishing, solo and family outings. Everyone enjoys the stability, including my young daughter who loves to hang her hand in the water. It paddles nicely loaded or unloaded. Can't beat the weight of the canoe, but what really impressed me is how durable it is. We have hit our fair share of submerged rocks and it handles all of it. I now don't worry about babying the canoe. It has nice speed and glide for length of canoe while still being very comfortable in the wind and waves."
- Bryce Tyler, Wisconsin
I have the two person Deep Creek. Great all around canoe. Light and sturdy, no more worrying about babying. Something no-one thinks about is that the packs are so much easier to unload from canoe because they don't catch on gunnels. There are so many different things that I like about this canoe. Family friendly, fishing friendly, tripping friendly and fun friendly. The only down fall to this canoe is that it's to new to find used, so you must save and save to get it.
"My wife and I were very pleased with the paddling ease and the initial and secondary stability of the canoe when unloaded. We are very happy with the canoe. One thing that I really like is the way you attach the rivets without them showing on the outside of the boat. I also appreciate the way you finish the gunwale so that there is not an additional aluminum extrusion and the flat vertical wall on the inside of the gunwale is a lot easier on my legs compared to a rounded extrusion. I will recommend your boat to anyone who asks."
- John Ahuas MN
"I have owned a Deep Creek Tandem for five years and taken it on 23 terrific Boundary Waters canoe trips. It carries the load of a 17-foot boat, maneuvers like a 16-foot boat, and is ten pounds lighter than my solo boat! Every time I toss this beauty up on my shoulders, I smile. It is my favorite canoe."
- Rob Kesselring, MN
"Am sending you a couple of photos from a canoe trip I did with Sue Knutson of Apple Valley, MN. We travelled in the BWCA last September doing a large route of about 60 miles with 50 portages in 4 days. She is really into travelling light and was excited when she talked to Rob Kesselring about his Deep Creek. So she had ordered one and our trip was the second trip in it for her. I have to tell you one story: we had bumped into two women who were studying wolves in the BWCA. They would flag the routes with tape to indicate and inform those who travelled with dogs that there were leg traps along the portage trail. Shortly after meeting them, we had to find a portage and when we saw the tape we assumed it was the portage and started down the trail. Well, it was a very over-grown trail, there was a exceptionally steep part but we carried on to its end. It sure didn't look right when we looked out across the body of water. I pulled out a GPS which I had borrowed from Rob Kesselring and sure enough, we were in a Primitive Area. We re-traced our steps, got back on track and assessed how we had been led astray by our own doing. The important point is that the Deep Creek on my shoulders was not an issue. I was able to maneuver it through this very rough portage, on my own, attesting to its lightness."
- Sue Plankis, MN
I just wanted to let you know the Deep Creek outperformed the 3 Minnesotans, and during our portage that was over a mile, I was very happy. And it was always fun @ the end of a portage when people asked me if I needed help in taking it off I always said I was fine and waded into the water and casually put it down. Kathryn
We picked the new canoe up from the truck at 9:30 and have it at home. Wow - you guys really do a beautiful job on the layup and fabrication. So excited, and eager to get it in the water - hopefully tomorrow. We thought our canoe days might be over - my wife could no longer manage helping to get our old ------------ on top of the car. The Black Creek was the lightest recreational canoe I could find. It looks like we will have a lot more river and lake days to come.
I just finished a 70 mile paddle on the Mississippi from Lake City MN to LaCrosse Wisconsin using my Deep Creek. I am again super impressed with the behavior of this canoe in a variety of water conditions, especially loaded with gear. Two Winona Canoes were with my son and I. Albeit older canoes, they couldn’t keep up with the efficiency of the Deep Creek despite having equivalent paddling capabilities. The wake from the Deep Creek is noticeably different than the other canoes, we slice the water, they seemed to push water. The Diller design really shines in water rough enough to bust waves over the bow, we never feel unstable. I really love how capable the Deep Creek is in all conditions, be it BWCA, small creek or rivers as large as the Mississippi. I have yet to find a weakness as it handles each situation without asking for special attention or unique technical accommodations. Especially tracking. It tracks beautifully with minimal paddle manipulation. The other very capable canoes in our party worked harder to hold the same straight line we did losing efficiency. Not sure why it does track easily to be honest, it just does. The best all-rounder canoe I’ve ever paddled, especially loaded.
Henry W. MN