Carry the canoe by yourself. To access areas where motorboats can't go, you often need to portage (carry) your canoe, and this can be a bit trickier by yourself. But it's really not that difficult. Once the craft has been pulled from the water and emptied of its contents, turn it over and lean it against what's available. Often portages will have canoe stands that you can use to lean your canoe. Climb under the vessel, resting your shoulders on the center bar of the canoe, pull back a few feet to clear the canoe stand and balance the canoe on your shoulders. With the proper balance, the canoe should be light enough to carry with ease.