How to Store Your Canoe Outside

If you live in a northern climate with snow and ice, you probably find yourself storing your canoe for the winter. We are often asked for advice on how to store canoes during the off-season. Ideally, you will find an indoor space to keep your canoe away from the elements. If this is not an option for you, we recommend keeping your canoe upside down, off the ground, with a suspended tarp or cover above the canoe to protect it from snow, ice and direct sunlight.

If suspending a cover is not practical for you, the next best option is to place a tarp directly on the canoe and secure it to keep it from blowing in the wind.

We do not recommend shrink wrapping your canoe with boatwrap. This could cause discoloration or filming over time.

At Minnesota Canoes, we offer an indoor storage solution for canoe owners within a practical driving distance. Learn more at