Pelican Bayou 160 CanoeThe Pelican Bayou 160 canoe features the most carrying capacity of any Pelican canoes, featuring a built-in motor on transom, a whopping 53 cubic feet of onboard storage space, and a durable tri-keeled hull. The Bayou 160 also features outfitting for fishing such as fishing rod holders and water bottle holders. The Pelican Bayou 160 canoe also features aluminum gunnels and three molded bench seats for plenty of seating options or room for your cooler. Though the motor makes the Bayou 160 not quite a canoe, you can still paddle it very effectively.

Overall Review

While the Bayou 160 is the priciest of all Pelican canoes, it also is the most feature-rich as well. The motor really helps assist you when cruising around with a ton of cargo. The ability to maneuver heavy loads with great ease makes this is the ideal camping canoe or great for the intended use; a supply transport canoe in swampland and marshes.

However, all these great features make the Pelican Bayou 160 canoe a little heavy for one person to move around on land, so its best when moved by two people or left in the water at the dock or on shore. But once you’re out on the water, the Bayou 160 makes an excellent fishing canoe allowing you to navigate into the tightest areas where the big fish hide.

I would rate my overall review of the Pelican Bayou 160 canoe as 4 out of 5 stars. I really like all the extra features and the motor assisted design. I think that this would be the perfect transport canoe for anyone who needs to get goods or supplies across a swampy area. The Bayou 160 also makes an excellent fishing canoe as well. If it were just a little bit lighter, this canoe would easily have received a 5 star rating.


– 3 molded bench seats
– Built-in motor mount on transom
– Drink holders
– Vertical Fishing Rod Holders
– Aluminum Gunnels
– Flat bottom and tri-keeled hull
– Made from sturdy RAM-X hull material


Length: 16’3”/495 cm
Width: 43”/109 cm
Weight: 111 lbs/50 kg
Maximum Capacity: 950 lbs/432 kg
MSRP: $800

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rate This Product:
Rating: 3.2/5 (42 votes cast)
Pelican Bayou 160 Sport-Recreational Canoe Review, 3.2 out of 5 based on 42 ratings

Written by Tori "Waverider" Morris

Tori “Waverider” Morris first learned to love canoes when she was just a small child. She built her first handmade canoe at the age of 11 and continues to this day as a professional. Among some of the most interesting places she’s canoed are Brazil and Vietnam. Tori lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.

This Review Has 2 Comments

  1. Todd Stevens

    I really like the optional motor! It adds a dertain amount of flexability to the canoe. It really works well in river and streams.

  2. Jon - Minnetonka, MN

    I bought a Bayou 160 late last summer off of ebay. I was pretty excited until I tried it out. When I first sat down, the seat fell apart on one side. This may just be because I’m a bit big (240 lbs), but I was still upset. I chalked it up to the fact that the canoe is a bit old as well. Either way, I was able to strap a 1.2 HP gas motor to the canoe and it works pretty well.

    While it’s a little heavy, it still works really good with my SUV. However, the main reason I added the motor is due to the fact that it is too heavy for a person to paddle by themselves. Additonally, there is little way to get the canoe off the SUV and into the water by myself. I basically always need to have my wife or a friend with me. Either way, I can say that since I bought this used canoe off of ebay for a decent price, I overall can’t complain.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Anti-Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree