Personifying Midwestern Integrity

About Bending Branches

A 38-year testament to wood, willpower, and Wisconsin.

As the world's largest manufacturer of quality canoe and kayak paddles, we remain a privately held company in Northwestern Wisconsin, staffed by paddling enthusiasts. This translates into countless hours spent designing, prototyping, testing, and perfecting each of our paddles. And when that's done, we go back and look at ways to build them even better. Lighter, stiffer, smarter, more durable, and more beautiful. Our customers have found our paddles to be their long-term companions on adventures, both short and long.

Our Core Values

Elevate the Experience

Making paddles that make the difference.

Personify Midwest Integrity

Making personal service our personal mission. 

Master our Machine

Developing and maintaining seamless business processes. 

Lean Forward

Avoiding complacency and seeking better solutions. 

Branches President

Ed Vater

"There is something very special about the Branches team. We relentlessly lean forward and improve process and product, while embracing a respect for people and teamwork."

Enhancing the paddling experience since 1982.

In 1982, whitewater and touring canoeist Dale Kicker and flat-water racer Ron Hultman teamed up to create the first composite tipped canoe paddle. This unique innovation revolutionized the paddle industry and gave birth to Bending Branches. Since that birth, paddles from this Wisconsin company have propelled people to the places and experiences that people dream of. This spirit of adventure continues to drive Bending Branches to enhance your paddling experience.