Chippewa Boats

Has anyone ever heard of wooden Chippewa brand boats?

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Mar 07, 2015
by: mb

I just bought a 1957 Runabout Chippewa.

It needs paint and varnish but mostly in great shape.

It has a 40 Johnson electric sea horse outboard and the C. S. Van Gordon & son logo above the speedometer.

I am looking for any information on the C.S. Van Gorden & son boat company and accessory items for sale, restoration information, paint colors of the 1957 boats and current OLD Johnson motor engine repair locations.

I have found little info on the web.


Jan 07, 2015
Chippewa Chief
by: Anonymous

I was looking for a boat to make a display case out of and I found this one at a Garage sale near Portage, WI.

It still has it's last WI DNR sticker on it from 1978.

It seems to be completely original but am shocked at the Packer colors on the inside and the Badger colors on the outside.

The people I bought it from had the same intentions I did but just never got around to it.

It was very well taken care of and made a great addition to our house.

Mar 09, 2014
1957 Chippewa
by: Phillip

I had this given to me a year ago.

I refurbished it, strengthened it up good and put a 15 horse on it.

It runs 19mph. I love this boat!

Aug 30, 2012
Chippewa Chief, wood boat
by: Anonymous

I grew up with a Chippewa Chif wood boat back in the 60s.

I would run an older Champion 4.2hp outboard and would feel like you were really flying, especially if you would move up to the middle seat and allow it to plane out.

Does anyone know of the whereabouts of one of these vintage wood boats?

Let me know if you locate one.
Email me at.

Apr 24, 2011
chippewa boats
by: Jim

Built by C.S. Van Gorden and son in Chippewa Falls WI, and then moved to Eau Claire WI.

Boats were built between 1959 and 1962.

Call the Eau Claire chamber of commerce and ask for the lybrarian for limited information on the company.

You can web search Chippewa boats and get a print out of the models and years built.

Good luck

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