Side angle of the Charles River 158 canoe

Old Town Charles River 158 canoe in green.


Side and top view of the Old Town Charles River 158 canoe in green
Top and side view of the Old Town Charles River 158 canoe in red

Old Town Charles River 158

The Charles River is a traditional styled canoe with modern paddler friendly features making it a great looking and great handling canoe.


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Old Town Charles River 158


The Charles River 158 is a great looking canoe and has been styled with a flared bow and stern for a traditional look.  It is a great canoe for paddling in flat water and tracks in a straight line very well due to its strong keel. It is a stable canoe and is very popular choice with families as well as activity centres.


There is plenty of space onboard for all your gear needed on day trips and is a good choice for anglers and nature watchers.


The Charles River comes with two comfortable wood/webbed seats, moulded carry handles for two people to easily carry as well as a yoke and thwart for solo portaging. The Charles River also features a low gunwale to make solo paddling easier. The Tumblehome and flared sides above the water line to help prevent the canoe from tipping and make it easy to paddle while still having a narrow look and feel.


The Charles River 158 is made from Old Town's PolyLink construction which helps to keep the canoe lightweight while also being very durable.


  • Two nylon web seats
  • Ash yoke and thwart
  • Black vinyl gunwales
  • Comfortable carrying handles
  • Extremely durable three layer polyethylene


  • Length: 15' 8"/ 4.8 m.
  • Width: 35" / 88.9 cm
  • Width at 4" Waterline: 35.5" / 90.2 cm
  • Bow Height: 24" / 61 cm
  • Depth: 14" / 35.6 cm
  • Weight: 80 lbs / 36.3 kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1,050-1,100 lbs / 476.3-499 kg.Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Old Town Charles River 158 for your weight



Three Layer Polyethylene


The Old Town Charles River 158 is made from a three Layer Polyethylene construction which has been used to manufacture canoes for decades. Made up of three layers, an inner layer of close cell foam is sandwiched between two layers of high-density polyethylene ensuring that the canoe has superior strength and durability while still remaining buoyant. The three layer polyethylene provides a lighter, stiffer and stronger build than that of a single layered canoe.


three layer polyethylene construction on charles river canoe

Accessories that you may need


Canoe Trolley

Canoe Trolley

Canoe trolley designed for transporting canadian canoes and wide touring kayaks to and from the waters edge.

Price £50.96 (RRP £59.95 - Saving £8.99)

Enigma Note Wooden Canoe Paddle

Enigma Note Wooden Canoe Paddle

Classic wooden canoe paddle design, quality pine and mahogany covered with clear lacquer providing resistance to the water environment.

Price £33.96 (RRP £39.95 - Saving £5.99)

Economy Canoe Paddle

Economy Canoe Paddle

Lightweight durable canoe paddle with an alloy shaft and polypropylene blade.

Price £20.36 (RRP £23.95 - Saving £3.59)

60 Litre Barrel

60 Litre Barrel

Multi-use watertight barrels keep your kit dry and can act as a table or seat.

Price £31.41 (RRP £36.95 - Saving £5.54)


We offer a delivery service for the Old Town Charles River 158 throughout the UK & Ireland to home and work addresses.

Clothing and equipment orders are normally sent with on a next working day delivery service to UK Mainland addresses. Canoes & Kayaks are normally delivered to UK Mainland addresses within 2-3 working days from despatch. Deliveries to Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scottish Highlands, Scottish Offshore will take longer.

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Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Old Town Charles River 158 online from our website and collect from our shop at Lee Mill, Plymouth, Devon or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with this.

Our other stores are:

  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Cornwall Canoes - St Columb Road Nr Newquay
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich
  • Southampton Canoes - Southampton

We will contact you to arrange collection upon receipt of you order.

If you need any further help or advice about the Old Town Charles River 158 please get in touch by email, phone or visit our shop


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