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A Canoe is a boat that can be made to access faster transportation on the River Lum. This is the only boat that a player can design. They require the Woodcutting skill. At every canoe station there is an NPC to teach you how to make a canoe.

Canoes were added in an update on 7 March 2006.[1] Free-to-play players were given access to canoes on 15 February 2011.

How to make canoes

Choose your destination.

Take a hatchet to a canoe station at one of the below stations (excluding Wilderness) and then find a canoe tree. Hatchets on the tool belt can also be used. If you do not have a hatchet, the NPC will now lend you one, but the speed of cutting is quite slow. These trees can be found at canoe stations, and appear larger and leafless compared to regular trees. These stations are located in the following places.

  • Lumbridge: On the west side of the river to the east of the furnace. Barfy Bill is at this canoe station. The coding of the canoes was re-worked (through a patch) on the 12 October 2010.[2] This resulted in the Lumbridge canoeing station moving from being on the east side of the river a bit south of the house where goblins respawn, to where it currently is.
  • Champions' Guild: On the east side of the river west of the wheat field. Tarquin is at this canoe station.
  • Gunnarsgrunn: South of the eastern bridge on the east side of the river. Sigurd is at this canoe station.
  • Edgeville: On the east side of the river near the guard post and the grand exchange shortcut. Hari is at this canoe station.
  • Level 47 Wilderness: At the lake south of the moss giants. To go back, run south-west until you run past the north-west entrance to the Wilderness Volcano, then go south past Bandit Camp until you reach level 20 wilderness. If you have a teleport of some sort, use it. If you do not, run south-east until you reach the wilderness border and jump over it. Players cannot return by canoe from this station, as there is no canoe tree. You cannot teleport from here, due to its depth in the wilderness. Upon choosing the wilderness pool, you will be given the wilderness warning message. Beware of player killers when using canoes to enter the Wilderness.

When the player has found a canoe tree at one of these stations they must cut the tree down. The player has to click on the fallen tree and select what type of canoe they want to make. When they have made the canoe they want, they can click on the canoe to push it in the river. When in the river, the player can click on the canoe and select where they want to go. You cannot take a canoe if you have a familiar.

Canoes can only go to a certain number of stations away, before sinking. (Note that this only happens when players exit a canoe, and not while they are sitting in it.) When you have travelled to a station, 'A Sinking Canoe' appears and when examined, it will say, "Glug, glug, glug."

Higher level canoes can go farther than lower level canoes. It is recommended that players make the highest level canoe they can make, as this grants more Woodcutting experience.

Previously, an animation was used, but it has since been removed. When going to most locations, grassy shores with bullrushes will be seen. While going to the Wilderness pond, the cut scene will show the canoe paddle into a cave.

Paddles were originally needed to use canoes, but this idea was later scrapped. The player did appear to use a paddle in the canoe animation before it was updated, and "Paddle" still appeared as an item in Quickchat after. Some NPCs near canoe stations are still holding one.

There is a glitch when having an Inferno adze in your inventory and then using the canoe station; the Inferno adze will appear as a Dragon hatchet.

Canoe types

Canoe selection interface.png

Canoe Picture Level Experience Notes
Log Log.png 12 30 It can travel to one station away from where the player made it. It cannot enter the wilderness.
Dugout Dugout.png 27 60 It can travel up to two stations away from where the player made it. It cannot enter the wilderness.
Stable dugout Stable Dugout.png 42 90 It can travel to any station except the wilderness.
Waka Waka.png 57 150 It can travel to every station. Because the Waka canoe is the only canoe that can travel into the Wilderness, it is useful for accessing certain Treasure Trail and warbands locations.


  • After making a canoe, when you slide the canoe into a river, it makes an old splashing sound, prior to a sound update.
  • Although the quest Gunnar's Ground changed the name of Barbarian Village to said title, the canoeing map doesn't reflect this change.
  • When you borrowed a hatchet from an instructor to use to make a canoe, it appeared to be an iron hatchet. But, when returned to the instructor, it became a bronze hatchet. This has been fixed.
  • A Waka is a kind of Māori watercraft, similar to a Canoe.
  • The log canoe was created by accident during a game of Smack The Tree.


  1. ^ Jagex. "Canoeing, Zygomites and a Mole." 7 March 2006. RuneScape News.
  2. ^ Mod Srowley. "Patch Notes 12/10/10." 12 October 2010. Recent Updates Forums.