The Silent Glide Canoe and Kayak Shop LLC opened for business in 1997 and since then every aspect of the business has been and will continue to be improved. We carry a full line of accessories, a large inventory of canoes and kayaks and provide a growing list of services - including paddling instruction, on-the-water demos and personal, one-on-one service by appointment. We are still a small, Northwoods business where you will receive personal attention and are welcomed as a friend. Thanks for visiting our web site and be sure to watch for our specials.
I am Dan Renzoni, the owner of the Silent Glide Canoe and Kayak Shop LLC. I have been paddling since I was a Boy Scout in 6th grade; as of 2015, that was 53 years ago. I have paddled canoes and kayaks in very small local creeks and in the big waters of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Nipigon, the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness and other places in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario. For 16 years my other occupation was a University of Wisconsin Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent. In that position I led youth and adults on week-long wilderness canoe trips and other shorter trips. 16 years before that I spent 10 years as a soil and water conservationist.
Leadership development is a big part of what I do. In 2001 I organized, with the considerable help of several 4-H Agents, a full length, 42 day, canoe trip of the Wisconsin River. Over 265 youth and adults participated in some part of it. Some did the whole trip. Several years ago I completed the ACA basic Kayak Instructor Certification and before that the Wilderness First Responder certification. Recently I participated in the ACA Stand UP Paddleboard instructor course. I regularly instruct individuals and groups. I love solitude, "bad" weather (good weather too) and good paddling buddies. I like to paddle and talk about paddling. These are the main reasons I got into the business back in 1997. It also helps me get the gear I like and to help youth groups get started in paddling with less expense. I am pretty good at helping people with aches and pains enjoy paddling more. I believe in protecting the environment.
I promise to always be reasonable in an effort to provide great service and products that fit the needs of the paddle sports customer. To do this some of my guidelines are:
Because I am the only full time employee I will not be here all the time so I encourage you to call first before stopping in. This is a rural area and cell phone signals can be weak so if I don't return your call please try again. You may not reach me on your first try, but if you leave a message with your phone number, I will get back to you quickly and do my best to make your wait worthwhile. - Dan Ranzoni, Owner of the Silent Glide Canoe and Kayak Shop
Outfitting and Paddling tips sessions and services are available on request and will be customized to your needs.
I offer free rental and outfitting for Military Personnel who are home on leave from foreign service. This offer is for themselves (and may include an immediate family member or significant other when accompanying the soldier who is home on leave). This offer is good for up to 5 days for each soldier who lives within 200 miles of the Silent Glide Canoe and Kayak Shop and is able to transport any equipment themselves. There will only be a charge for time and expenses if I provide transport or shuttle service for equipment and/or people. Please call 715-748-0148 or contact me as far in advance as possible as this offer is contingent on the availability of rental equipment. Thanks for all you do.
These Outdoor Adventures are designed for entry level participants but paddling skills will be assessed and augmented as necessary for the desired Outdoor Adventure.
Themes will be:
Paddling and camping gear is available on request. We will work out a package based on what you need and price it competitively. I will need to know your plans, skill and experience levels and preferences for equipment. This will take some discussion followed up by a proposal. Contact us to inquire about availability.
Thisis not a certification course. Basic to intermediate canoe and kayak sessions are available on request. We don't teach intermediate or advanced whitewater paddling. We will taylor it to your needs, budget and schedule. This service is for adults and youth accompanied by parent of legal guardians. There are minimum physical and intellectual ability requirements. If you need equipment we will provide it as part of the package deal.
Come and visit my great little retail store. There is everything a paddler or camper will want. It isn't a big place but there is a lot of really neat equipment on display:
There are almost always at least 90 canoes and kayaks to choose from and I will special order any boat or accessory you will want with no extra charge. For canoes and kayaks special orders can take from a few days up to five weeks. For accessory orders it is usually just a few days.
Please call before coming, (715)748-0148; this is mostly a one person operation so often I am on the water with customers and not at the store. I would hate to miss you.
Below are links to various web sites that may be of interest to silent water sports enthusiasts as well as links to the Manufacturers whose products I carry.
The items listed are those most frequently requested. Most are American made.
The Silent Glide Canoe and Kayak Shop has been in business since 1997. Since July of 2008 the Silent Glide has become my full time occupation. The 715-748-0148 phone number is for my cell so I can be reached nearly all the time. I am able to check e-mail several times a day when I am not on an outdoor adventure. I am the only full time employee so at times you may call when I am with another customer but I will get back to you as quickly as possible. My retail store is brimming with very cool paddling gear and outdoor stuff. I am handling two major brands of locally made, traditional and aluminum frame, American made snowshoes and one Canadian made brand. I've been certified as an ACA Kayak instructor, a Wilderness First Responder and an Aires and Associates Leadership Development Program Director.
For over 18 years I have led youth groups to places like the BWCA, Lake Nipigon, and the full length of the Wisconsin River and organized multi-day camps for groups of youth from 80 to 120 participants. All involved training teams of adults and youth to share leadership and responsibility
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I have been improving my modest retail store steadily and have added many new lines like Seattle Sports, NRS, Rec Repair and Emotion kayaks. Ask about Golden Hawk Canoes about fishing kayaks and custom outfitting for them. I am getting pretty good at customizing them for your way of fishing.
If you long for the feel of water gliding silently under your canoe or kayak, love the challenge of a good workout on gorgeous lakes and rivers, or just want the solitude of our natural resources to melt the tension away, the Silent Glide Canoe and Kayak Shop will help get you out there doing what you love, just the way you want to do it.