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How long does it take to paddle 1 mile in a canoe?

Approximately, how long does it typically take to paddle 1 mile in a canoe for a novice?


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This may depend on the paddler and the water conditions (head wind), etc. But most novice canoe paddlers could probably paddle a canoe 1 mile using a canoe paddle, anywhere from 20 minutes to 30 minutes, which would be an average speed of 2 to 3 MPH (Miles Per Hour). If you're using a kayak paddle with a Sportspal Meyer Ethafoam Canoe Seat (sits in bottom of canoe) to paddle the canoe, you'll make better time and a novice paddler might be able to average 3 to 4 MPH.

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