Chicagoland Canoe Base
Business for sale. Owner retiring.
Who We are

Ralph Frese (Owner)

The founder and the spirit of Chicagoland Canoe Base. He started this wonderful adventure, he built the business, the buildings and his touch can be seen in everything here. He is Chicagoland Canoe Base.

For a panoramic view of Ralph in his workshop click here.

Also to see the WTTW11 story about Ralph click here.

To see a feature on Ralph Frese, from The Northwestern News Report click here.

To see a small video about a day with Ralph Frese and his canoe collection click here.

Ralph received the IPC first "Lifetime Achievement award" in 2010. To see a youtube video about it, please click here.

Michael Otter

The Senior Sales Manager, who takes care of inventory, sales, orders and whatever else is needed.












Here at the Chicagoland Canoe Base we get involved in many canoeing, kayaking, watertrail and environmental activities. Click on the links below and let us know what interests you!


May 20th, 2007 - The golden anniversary of Des Plaines Canoe Marathon. 50 years since Ralph Frese started this wonderful event. Click here for more information about the history of this race, and here to visit the race website.

   Contact and business hours
   The Canadienne by Ralph Frese
   Birch Bark Replicas
   Ralph's Blacksmithing Work
   Photo Album
   Repairs and Restoration
   What's New

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