Morley Canoes

Morley Canoes is a family labor of love. Greg Morley started skillfully handcrafting wooden vessels in 1972 out of an unassuming log cabin, nestled in the upper Swan Valley. With a background in forestry and outdoor recreation he fell in love with building boats. He doesn't shy away from letting you know it's not work, but a lifestyle. Greg and Anne raised two sons balancing building custom boats with mountain and water family adventures. Both sons moved on to do their own thing after college thinking they wouldn't move back to Swan Lake. In 2004, Steven married with three children decided to move the family from Hawaii back to his childhood hometown of Swan Lake, MT. 

With Steven's return, father and son have been working side by side building custom wood vessels (canoes, kayaks, skiffs, and sups). Steven felt with his father aging someone had to carry on the craft of building wooden vessels. He feels there is something special about having an experience on the water, in a boat that is an experience in itself. Boats are typically built using western red cedar, ash and cherry wood.

They build approximately one wooden vessel a month and ship them as far as Japan, New Zealand and Germany. Even if you're not in the market for one of their builds, it's an incredible experience to see them working or listen to their stories. The wildlife outnumber people, so they've got some good ones. It doesn't get much more Montana than this!

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Latitude: 47.933344 Longitude: -113.848171 Elevation: 3109 ft
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Description of Store or Stores

Morley Canoes is housed in a classic Montana log cabin and sits on Hwy 83, in the quaint community of Swan Lake. If you see a canoe outside of the workshop/showroom it's a good indication Greg and Steven are working away. During the summer and fall it's almost a guarantee they'll be working 7 days a week and would love to have you come in to say hi. The Swan Valley is an outdoor enthusiasts playground, so don't be surprised if they might have slipped out to test out a boat on the water or are out running with four-legged Kona in the woods.

 

Operating Hours

9:00am - 6:00pm 7 days/week summer & fall

Seasons or Months Open

year round *call ahead in the winter and spring

Driving Directions

From Missoula, MT: 

Take Grand Ave and N 2nd St W to Old U.S. 93 E/N Orange St 49 s (0.2 mi), follow MT-200 E to MT-83 N in Lake County 1 h 50 min (110 mi)

From Seeley Lake, MT:

Head north on MT-83 N 56.8 mi 55 min

From Glacier National Park:

Follow N Fork Rd to US-2 E in Columbia Falls 35 min (22.9 mi), Turn left onto US-2 E 2 min (1.6 mi), Drive to MT-83 S in Lake County 43 min (40.6 mi)

Comments

I feel privaleged to know this family. They have been friends and neighbors and a great asset to the community for many years. Their canoes are beautiful.

Carol Martin, 11/24/2016

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