The Original Bag Lady Canoe Cover


The Original Bag Lady Canoe Cover

Product description


While we have many patterns for many canoes, there are always many more that we don't have. Contact us at or (906) 451-4539 and we'll send you a measurement guide so that we can make a custom-fit cover for your boat.

Before ordering a WeatherMax 3D cover, please read this statement about minor cosmetic flaws in WeatherMax 3D fabric. The link will open in a new window, so you will not lose any information you've already selected on this product page. 



Original Bag Lady canoe covers have been the standard for over 42 years and have protected the life and appearance of thousands of canoes in that time.

Bag Lady covers protect the hull of your canoe from UV damage, fading, bug splats, scratches, stone chips, and more when you're transporting or storing your canoe.

Previous owners attest to the benefits of protecting their canoes with the one and only Bag Lady canoe covers, reporting:

  • Less darkening and aging of Kevlar
  • Less blushing, milking, and yellowing of epoxy
  • Less oxidation and fading of fiberglass gelcoat
  • Less fading of Royalex
  • Less wear on wood canvas and cedar strip boats
  • Less required maintenance
  • Higher resale values

Bag Lady canoe covers are unequaled in durability and workmanship, offering a unique closure system, an impeccable fit, and top quality, Made-In-The-USA fabrics to protect your canoe. They are all cut and sewn in our family sewing loft in Skandia, Michigan.

Original Bag Lady canoe covers are ONLY available directly from RedLeaf Designs. Beware of imitations and look for the RedLeaf Designs logo on your canoe cover!

Carrying Thwart Location

We have the factory spec location for the front carrying handle / thwart on all of our cover patterns. Unfortunately, because of the way the gunwales taper at the bow and the hand-made nature of most canoes, the carrying thwart can move around a bit, especially in long, narrow racing canoes and solo boats. Thwarts may also be in non-spec locations due to after market outfitting, restorations, custom orders, or specifications that changed at the factory over time.

To ensure that the slit for your carrying thwart or handle is in exactly the right place on your cover, we encourage you to measure from the tip of the bow to the center of the carrying handle and include that information in your order. 

We can also use the factory specified location that we have on file, though we can't guarantee that it will be perfect for your boat. 

Why Polyester?

Our most popular and budget-minded fabric is a durable, stretch polyester double-knit. It's long-wearing and great for general protection from UV damage, road dirt, bugs, strap-rub, etc. This is the fabric that you probably have in mind when you think of a Bag Lady canoe cover.

​Note that polyester is not waterproof or water-resistant. This isn't a problem for most Royalex, fiberglass, carbon, or Kevlar boats since the fabric breathes very well and dries quickly: water won't damage most canoes. 

​However, you may want to consider WeatherMAX 3D fabric if you have a wood-canvas canoe, oiled wood gunwales or trim, or store your boat outdoors in places with lots of sun or harsh winters.

Polyester also fades quickly in the sun, but we still think it's a great material for a cover. We use a premium polyester fabric that's thick and will give you many, many years of service even though the outside of the fabric will fade. 

Why WeatherMax 3D?

WeatherMax 3D is a premium outdoor fabric that offers the same, form-fitting stretch and exceptional fit of polyester, with a number of additional benefits:

  • Water-resistant and breathable
  • Blocks 99% of UV light for long-term UV resistance
  • Exceptionally color-fade resistant
  • HydroMax finish for dirt and mildew resistance
  • 100% pigment solution-dyed SaturaMax fibers

It's the ultimate storage and transport canoe cover fabric and will protect sensitive wood and canvas and oiled wood trim canoes, while still offering the exceptional fit and travel protection that comes with stretch material. 

While our premium polyester has been the mainstay of the Bag Lady canoe covers for the past 40+ years, we think that WeatherMax 3D will change that very quickly.

The additional cost of a WeatherMax 3D cover is well worth the investment if you want the best combined storage and transportation protection.

Before ordering a WeatherMax 3D cover, please read this statement about minor cosmetic flaws in WeatherMax 3D fabric. The link will open in a new window, so you will not lose any information you've already selected on this product page. 

If you're looking for the best outdoor storage protection for your canoe and do NOT want to use the cover for transportation, we recommend our Sunbrella marine canvas Canoe Coat

Multi-color Polyester Covers

Premium polyester fabric is available in a limited range of colors which can be combined in a multi-color cover. 

The "Bow Accent" pattern has two panels and with approximately the front 1/3 of the boat being one color and the rest of the body being another.

The "End Stripes" pattern also has three panels, each of which can be a different color. 


The base price for a canoe cover is $249 in premium polyester or $349 in WeatherMax 3D. Covers may cost more for canoes longer than 18'6", with hull measurements larger than 54", with recurved sterns requiring a special closure, or with other special design requests, including stern-first construction and multi-color covers. 

Delivery Time

Bag Lady canoe covers are made-to-order. In the winter, we're often able to begin working on your cover within a day or two and ship it within a week. During the busy spring and summer paddling seasons, we're often running a month or so out on orders.

Check the home page for our current lead time, as well as any in-stock covers that are immediately available.