Kayaks Made in the USA

Many kayaks are manufactured in America, but nearly all of them have some parts sourced from overseas. Below, you’ll find our full list of kayaks made in the USA along with extensive details about each product and some shopping tips for finding the country of origin. You can also scroll to the bottom of the article to find well-known kayak brands that aren’t made in the USA.

Full List of Kayak Brands Made in the USA

Crescent Kayaks


Headquarters: Carrollton, GA

States manufacturing in: GASC



James Derbecker founded Georgia-based Crescent Kayaks in 2001. The kayak frames are made from powder-coated marine aluminum, and the textiles are milled in Georgia and hand-sewn in South Carolina.

Crescent produces a number of different kayak models in a variety of sizes and styles, making sure you find a kayak to suit your needs. Derbecker has been exploring lakes and rocky waters since before he could walk so is an expert in creating kayaks that ensure ultimate safety and comfort whilst on the water.

Lifetime


Headquarters: Riverdale, UT

States manufacturing in: UT



Lifetime Products got its start in a garage in Riverdale, Utah when the founder decided to build a better basketball hoop for his family. The business, which launched in 1986, has grown to include picnic tables, folding tables and chairs, sheds, and finally kayaks.

Lifetime kayaks are manufactured in Utah and Missouri, with all materials sourced from the USA. Their kayaks are made from polyethylene plastic, ensuring that they’re lightweight and durable. They have a range of styles, sizes, and accessories for whatever your kayaking needs are.

Solo Skiff


Headquarters: Carrollton, GA

States manufacturing in: GA



Solo Skiff has created a unique type of kayak – one that has a skiff on the back and that is suited for fishing, all in one place. Solo Skiff only offers one type of kayak but it’s intended to be the only one needed for those looking to kayak and fish.

The motorized kayak is an all-in-one piece made from high-density polyethylene, keeping it light but sturdy. It contains storage and rigging to help you get onto the water to catch fish quicker and easier.

Long Haul Folding Kayaks


Headquarters: Cedaredge, CO

States manufacturing in: CO



Mark Eckhart, Owner and Master Boat Builder of Long Haul Folding Kayaks has been building, repairing, and using kayaks for more than 30 years. During this time, he wanted to create a kayak that was durable, long-lasting but also portable.

Long Haul Folding Kayaks now offers 5 models as part of its range, each designed for different needs. Their kayaks can cater to those looking to day paddle or those that are on the water regularly or planning a longer-term expedition. Because every product is handmade at their workshop in Colorado, kayaks can be made to exact specifications depending on your needs.


Factors To Consider

People look for lots of different things in a kayak. Some shoppers are on a strict budget, while others are willing to pay more for special features. A heavy kayak can be difficult to haul, but can bear more weight. Finally, storage space is critical for those who need to take a lot of gear with them.

Value

Kayaks can be expensive, but fortunately, budget-friendly options are out there – even for tandems.

Features

Some shoppers want all the bells and whistles, and aren’t afraid of a high price tag.

Weight

This includes the weight of the kayak itself and how many pounds it can bear. A heavy craft can be difficult to haul from your vehicle to the water, especially for solo kayakers. However, the more the kayak weighs, the more you can load onto it.

Storage Space

You probably aren’t too concerned about storage space if you are just going on a short jaunt, but a fishing trip or an all-day outing on the water will require lots of room for things like poles, tackle, and coolers for your lunch and beverages.


Kayaks Not Made in the USA

  • Brooklyn Kayak Company – Made in China.
  • Vibe Kayaks — Designed and engineered in Kennesaw, Georgia, and manufactured in China.
  • Seastream Kayaks — Made in Thailand.
  • Jackson Kayak – Manufactured in Sparta Tennessee from both U.S. and foreign-sourced materials.
  • Confluence Watersports — Made in Greenville, South Carolina. Some materials are sourced from overseas.
  • Eddyline Kayaks – All kayaks currently are being manufactured in Burlington, Washington, but a supplemental factory in Mexico will begin production this year to keep up with increased demand. Materials are sourced from all over the world.
  • Ascend – Manufactured in Lebanon, Missouri, with globally sourced parts and components.
  • Lincoln Canoe and Kayak – Made in Peabody, Massachusetts. Gel coats and resins are sourced locally, the fabrics are from Canada and the hardware is from Washington state and Finland.
  • Hurricane Kayaks — Made in Warsaw, North Carolina. Most of the materials are sourced in the USA, but some seat components and fasteners come from outside the U.S.
  • Bonafide – Made in Fletcher, North Carolina. Parts are sourced in the US in addition to overseas.  
  • Hobie Kayaks – Manufactured in Oceanside, California from globally sourced materials.
  • Sun Dolphin – Manufactured in Muskegon, Michigan. Most materials are sourced from the USA, but select component parts are sourced from China.
  • Andis – Most kayaks are made in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, but some are produced outside of the United States. Some parts are imported from China.