Handcrafted with Pride

Custom-built small wooden boats, canoes, kayaks and more.

Design Gallery

Red River Wooden Boats custom builds small wooden boats including canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, speed boats, and more.

Fishing Dories

Flat-bottomed dories are a great boat for fishing or boat/camping. The roomy design allows lots of options for seating, lockers, etc. to best suit your use.

Speed Boats

Plans are available for a variety of yesteryear’s beauties.  Modern materials make for much lighter boats requiring less HP and much less maintenance than the original classics.

Cedar Strip Canoes

“Strippers” may be the best combination of looks and function that there is in small boats.


Kayaks can be made with cedar strips, marine plywood, or a combination of both with a plywood hull and stripper deck as shown here. All of these methods make light and responsive boats.

Paddleboards / SUPs

A wooden paddleboard? Why not! Our wood construction paddleboards are stable, fast, and light weight.


Whether dingy, dory, skiff, or duck boat, there are many simple and inexpensive designs available for small rowboats, some that can be sailed or accommodate a small motor.

Quality Counts

We use only the highest grade marine mahogany plywood (guaranteed by Lloyd’s of London), solid mahogany lumber, and vertical grain fir. This makes a light and strong boat. Cedar strip canoes, SUPs, and kayaks are made with clear (no knots) western red cedar coated with epoxy fiberglass.

Hit The Water

“Too pretty to use.”

Wooden boat builders often hear this comment, but these boats are made to hit the water, not just for looks. With the materials and building techniques used, the boats are truly functional, and will stand up to decades of hard use with minimal maintenance.

Truly Unique

Choose from existing designs or we will build to your own plans. We are happy to work with you to use special woods, trim, colors, etc., to complete your own unique craft.

Let’s make something beautiful together