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!