Guests commonly use their own vehicles to transport canoes between our shop and their entry point using our free tie-down supplies. Securing canoes to the top of your vehicle is called “cartopping.” Cartopping canoes saves money on shuttle costs and gives you greater flexibility on the first and last day of your trip because you are not tied to a predetermined shuttle time.
One or two canoes are conveniently transported on one vehicle. Cartopping is common on almost any make and model of car or truck. It is also commonly done on rental cars. If your canoe trip ends at a different place than you started, you may do a chase shuttle. With a chase shuttle, you follow our shuttle vehicle to your exit point and park your vehicle there with the equipment to tie canoes on top of it. We then shuttle you to your entry point, you paddle back to your car at the exit point, and cartop your canoe back to town. A chase shuttle allows you more flexibility because you do not have to meet a pickup shuttle at a specific predetermined meeting time at your exit point. Chase shuttle pricing may be less than the cost of two shuttles if the entry point and exit point are along the same shuttle route.
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