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Argo Canoe Livery

Park Features
Boat Launch Canoe/Kayak Rental Canoeing/Kayaking Drinking Fountain Fishing Fishing Dock Grills Natural Area Nature Trails - Unpaved Parking Paved Multi-Use Trail (Non-Motorized) Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Restrooms Tubing
​​​​​​​​​​Argo Canoe Livery
1055 Longshore Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor

Argo Livery Schedule

May 27-Sept 4: Every day 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sept. 5-Oct. 8: Weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Argo Livery is located at the Argo Cascades and features canoes, one-person kayaks, two-person kayaks, five-person rafts, tubes, and stand-up paddleboard rentals.  Also offered are concessions, river merchandise, and river themed programs. We accept credit cards, cash and checks for payment. Dogs are welcome. Come paddle with us for a fun river trip enjoying outdoor adventures with friends and family!

The Gallup Canoe Livery is our downstream location and offers different trips, programs and boats.

We offer river programs! Register for a program.

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Stillwater Paddles

Paddle a boat in 2-mile Argo Pond where there is little or no current. Great for beginners and families. No van ride needed; just jump in a boat and go! Last boat rented is 6 p.m. and all boats returned by 8 p.m.   

​1-person Kayak ​2 hours​$14/boat
​Canoe and 2-person Kayak ​2 hours​$18/boat
​Stand-up Paddleboard​2 hour​$20/boat

River Trips

Paddle down the river current and we provide a van shuttle upriver.  We offer two river trips, the 1.5 hour Argo to Gallup River Trip and the 2.5 hour Barton to Gallup River Trip, both of which paddle through the Argo Cascades and on down the Huron River through the city of Ann Arbor.  

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Rent a Tube

Float down the Argo Cascades, walk back to the top and repeat the fun! One-person per tube, ages 8 years and above. Shoes required (no flip flops). No coolers. Tubes are just for use in the cascades and do not go down the river to Gallup Park. People average three to four tube rides down the cascades in a two-hour rental. No van transportation provided for tube rentals or personal tubes. Lockers are available for personal belongings. 

Tube Rental Fee:  $10/tube, 2-hours, Argo Cascades, last tube rental is 6 p.m. for the Argo Livery closes at 8 p.m.

Have Your Own Tube?

Tube the river details on routes to take, where to park and a map of the river. 

Parking at Argo on Weekends

Argo Canoe Livery is busy on nice weather weekends and parking is limited, please carpool, bus or walk! We've improved parking options by adding offsite Argo parking on busy summer weekends and holidays at the Argo Livery. 

Boat Rental Details

  • No reservations except for groups of 15 or more can make weekday reservations by calling the Gallup Livery office at 734.794.6240.
  • All boaters are required to sign a Risk Waiver. A parent or guardian must sign for children younger than 16 years old.
  • Maximum cooler size allowed is 12" x 12" x 12".
  • Only ONE cooler per boat, Styrofoam coolers are not permitted.
  • No alcohol, no glass bottles.
  • Lifejackets are required and provided. We have all sizes from child's small to adult XL.
  • Children under the age of 1 year are not permitted in our watercraft.
  • Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older).
  • Canoes maximum 3 people (4 people allowed if you have 2 children with combined weight of less than 100 lbs.). 
  • One person in your group is required to fill out a rental agreement and leave a deposit (either car keys or driver's license) for the rented boats.
  • We accept all credit cards, cash or checks as payment.
  • Dogs are welcome!
  • Swimming, diving and jumping from watercraft are prohibited.
  • Valuables or personal belongings that you do not want to get wet or lost should not be taken on the river or should be enclosed in a water tight container. For your convenience, we sell dry bags/containers and have lockers on site.
  • Concessions and river related items for sale are: hot and cold beverages, chips, candy, water shoes, dry bags/containers, hats, t-shirts, sunglasses, eye glass cords, sunscreen, stickers, nets, fishing poles, worms, trail maps and more.
  • Late fee: The City will charge double the rental rate per watercraft for equipment that is not returned to the livery by closing time.

Huron River Water Trail 

The Huron River Water Trail is a 104-mile (167 km) inland paddling trail connecting people to the river's natural environment, its history and the communities it touches in Michigan. The Huron River Water Trail is a project of the Huron River Watershed Council and RiverUp! and is recognized as a National Water Trail  Check out canoe art, improved portages, added landings and river signs on Ann Arbor's section of the river. Paddle the Huron River!

Planning Group Boating Events

Huron River Halloween_04.jpgBring your family, friends, work or school groups out boating on the Huron River! Groups may also rent a picnic shelter or indoor room to combine a paddle trip with a party or picnic. Call the Gallup Livery at 734.794.6240 for details.

  • Group boat reservations are available on weekdays only and for groups of 15 or more people
  • If your group is less than 15 people, just come in and we can accommodate you on all but the busiest of days for we have hundreds of boats. 

School Group River Trips and Programs​

We can work with you to provide a river experience that best fits your class for an unforgettable outdoor exploration in boats on the Huron River. Available are canoes (3 people maximum​), 2-person kayaks, 1-person kayaks, kayaks for kids, 5-person rafts, paddles, lifejackets, boating instructions, and staff to help with or lead your river adventure. Join us for fun river education and recreation!

Argo & Gallup Park 2017 River Programs

To register online visit Rec 1 Registration System, more information: call Gallup Park 734.794.6240.  Click here to view 2017 Activity Guide.pdf (PDF)

River Camps

Argo River Camp: Completed 6th-8th Grades

Friends and fun on the coolest river around! Join us as we journey out each day paddling our boats down different sections of the beautiful Huron River. Our many explorations include kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, tubing, rafting, fishing, geocaching, disc golf and a cookout. Argo River Camp is based out of a cabin and pavilion at the Argo Canoe Livery. Camp Fees: resident $225; nonresident $275. Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camp Sessions: June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7 (4 days), July 10-14 (just for girls), July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-August 4, August 7-11, August 14-18, August 21-25.

Gallup River Camp: Completed 1st-5th Grades - All of Gallup River Camps are full

Explore the Huron River with boats and fishing for a week filled with learning, adventure, and fun!  Experience perfect summer days as we kayak, canoe, paddleboat, fish, cookout, art, and play in wonderful Gallup Park. Campers will have a blast outside while gaining valuable boating and fishing skills paddling the pond and beyond.  All ages have fun swimming at the pool and rafting or kayaking the cascades. Camp Fees:  resident, $225; nonresident, $275. Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended Camp: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. & 4:30 to 6 p.m.; $50.

FULL: Gallup River Camp Explore - Completed 1st-5th Grades:  June 19-23, July 3-7 (4 days), July 17-21, Jul 31-Aug. 4, August 14-18, Aug. 28-Sept. 1

FULL: Gallup River Camp Adventure – Completed 3rd/4th/5th Grades:  June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24-28, Aug. 7-11, Aug. 21-25

Special Activities at Argo & Gallup Park Liveries

River Kids – A Preschool Program in Gallup Park  

Fun river programs for children ages 2-6 years w/caregiver.  Each session is once per week for four weeks. Preregistration is required. Resident, $70; nonresident, $84 per child/month. Each week you and your little one will explore the river world by paddling a kayak, canoe or paddleboat on Gallup Pond. Experience the thrill of catching fish off the dock and discovering our river critters with boats, stories, art and play.  May River Kid Sessions:  Tuesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June River Kids Sessions:  Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. or Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July River Kid Sessions: Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. or Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. August River Kid Sessions: Mondays, August 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. or Wednesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Recreational Kayak I – Gallup Livery

June 6 or July 11, 5:30 to 8 p.m., $35/person/one session course, ages 13 and up, preregistration required.  A kayak class will get you off to a great start on your river adventures. Learn basic strokes, techniques and safety before heading out to explore Gallup Pond with an instructor. We provide all of the equipment; and recreational kayaks are stable and easy to paddle so all will feel more confident on the water.

Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) – Argo Livery

June 8, June 29, or July 20, 5:30-8 p.m., $35/person/one session course, ages 13 and up, preregistration required.  Stand-up Paddleboarding is fun, easy to learn and is a great workout out on beautiful Argo Pond. We provide the instruction, boards, paddles, and lifejackets. 

Night Paddles - Gallup Livery

June 9, July 14, or August 4, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. $14/one-person kayak, $18/two-person kayak or canoe, preregistration required, limited space. As the sun sets and the moon rises venture out to paddle a canoe or kayak in the night!  Watch for wildlife as you paddle your boat on the two-mile Gallup Pond section of the Huron River.

Delhi to Argo River Trip – Argo Livery

June 11, July 16 or August 13, 9:30 a.m., $40/canoe or two-person kayak, $35/one-person kayak, preregistration required. The 7.1 mile Delhi Metropark to Argo Park River trip is a 4-hour adventure down the Huron River. Paddling through Barton Pond, portaging a historic dam and then paddling on down Argo Pond makes for a long and scenic river trip.

Red Fish Blue Fish Teach Kids to Fish - Gallup Livery

June 11, 9:30-11 a.m., $5/child, all ages welcome with an adult, preregistration required. Join us for our State's Free Fishing Weekend. Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing with more than 36,350 miles of rivers and streams. Fishing poles, bait and instruction are provided; bring your family/friends and fish!

37th Annual Huron River Day Festival - Gallup Park

July 9, noon-4 p.m., free. Come celebrate the wonderful Huron River! Fun festival activities include $5 canoe/kayak rentals, children's activities, live animal programs, river exhibits, live music, food, fishing, stand up paddleboarding and much more. Ride your bike and receive a coupon for a free boat rental. Sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation.

River Women - Argo Livery

July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., $100/person/a four session course, ages 13 and up, preregistration required. Come explore the Huron River in this ladies-only boating adventure! Each of the 4-sessions will allow you to try out a different boat and have fun on the water.  1st session: Kayak on Argo Pond and learn basic strokes and maneuvers all while building up your confidence kayaking.  2nd session: Come try out and receive instruction on Stand-Up Paddleboarding to see the water in a whole new way. 3rd session: Learn some basic canoeing strokes and work with others to paddle around Argo Pond. 4th session: We will use our new boating skills to kayak through the Argo Cascades and down the river.