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Argo Canoe Livery

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​​​​​​​​​​Argo Canoe Livery
1055 Longshore Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (directions)

Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor

Argo and Gallup canoe liveries are CLOSED for the season.

Argo Canoe Livery

Located at the Argo Cascades and features canoes, one-person kayaks, two-person kayaks, five-person rafts, tubes, and stand up paddleboard rentals in a quiet natural setting. Also offered are concessions, river merchandise, and river themed programs. Paddle with us for a fun river trip enjoying outdoor adventures with friends and family! Learn more in the livery brochure (PDF).

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Stillwater Paddles

Paddle a boat in the river where there is little or no current in 2-mile Argo Pond. Great for beginners and families. No van ride needed; just jump in a boat and go! Canoes and kayaks are two hour rentals, therefore please arrive at the livery at least two hours prior to our closing time. Paddleboats are one hour rentals, therefore please arrive at the livery at least one hour prior to our closing time.

Stillwater boat rentals at Argo

  • Canoe: $18/boat, two hours, maximum 3 people (four people allowed​ if you have ​two children with combined weight of less than 100 lbs.) 

  • One-person Kayak: $14/boat, two hours

  • Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP): $18/boat, two hours

River Trips at Argo

Paddle down the Huron River and we provide the van transportation upriverWe have over 500 boats with no boat rental reservations needed (except for large groups). Determine which river trip you would like to go on, the location (Argo or Gallup) that offers the trip you've selected, and rent your boats from that livery during the times the trip is offered. The Huron River is generally a calm and lazy river with a short section of drops and pools in the Argo Cascades.

Argo-to-Gallup River Trip - 1.5-hour, 3.7 mile trip

Schedule (Currently Closed for the Season)​

  • Two-person kayak: $22/boat

  • One-person kayak: $18/boat

  • Two-person canoe: $22/boat (Third person in canoe under 12 years old, $10 fee; 4 people allowed in the canoe ​if 2 children have the combined weight of less than 100 lbs.)​

Barton-to-Gallup Park River Trip - 5.7 miles, 2.5 hours

SSpend more time on the river with a lazy float through scenic Argo Pond, followed by the drops and pools of the Argo Cascades, and ending with a paddle through beautiful river parks down to Gallup. Our longest trip without a portage. Start this river trip at the Gallup Livery.

Schedule (Currently Closed for the Season)​​

  • Two-person kayak: $28/boat

  • One-person kayak: $24/boat

  • Two-person canoe: $28/boat (Third person in canoe under 12 years old, $10 fee; 4 people allowed in the canoe if 2 children have the combined weight of less than 100 lbs.)​

Delhi-to-Argo Park River Trip - 7.1 miles, 4 hours

Your paddle starts with a river current for the first half hour and the remaining 3.5 hours of the trip does not have a current as you paddle through Barton Pond, portage around Argo Dam, and continue on down through Argo Pond. Start this river trip at the Argo Livery.

Schedule (Argo Canoe Livery is Currently Closed for the Season)​

Two-person kayak: $34/boat

One-person kayak: $30/boat

Two-person canoe: $34/boat (Third person in canoe under 12 years old, $10 fee; 4 people allowed in the canoe if 2 children have the combined weight of less than 100 lbs.)​

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​​​​​​River Trip Details ​

Argo Cascades River Briefing Video and information:

  • River trips Argo-to-Gallup and Barton-to-Gallup go through the Argo Cascades.

  • Argo Cascades is a bypass around a dam and removed a difficult boat portage.

  • Argo Cascades is a series of nine small rapids, rock chutes and pools.

  • 2-person kayaks, 1-person kayaks, 5-person rafts and tubes paddle through the Argo Cascades.

  • Canoes do not go down the Argo Cascades, but are available for the river trips launching at the end.

  • Requirements to kayak down the Argo Cascades:
    • ​Paddler in the stern of every kayak must have some experience paddling a boat (more than 5 times) and be able to steer to stay in the middle of river and avoid hitting rocks.

    • ​Everyone in the boat must be a capable swimmer and be able to right a capsized boat. 

    • Wear your lifejacket, go slow, enter each drop straight on (if you are unable to line up your boat for the next drop, stop and circle back to try it again).

River Trip Policies:

  • No reservations required! Small groups and individuals can be accommodated without any problems on all, but the busiest of days. Groups of 15 or more people, please call Gallup at 734.794.6240.

  • Our busiest times/longest wait for boats is midday on nice weather, summer weekends. Avoid this time to avoid the crowds.

  • We provide boats, paddles, lifejackets, van transportation for the river trips, and a river orientation.

  • Lifejackets are required and provided. We have all sizes from infant to adult XL.

  • Children under the age of 1 year are not permitted in our watercraft.

  • Personal boat transports are available on weekdays only. Fee: Subtract $10 from above river trip boat rental rates.

  • All boaters are required to sign a risk waiver Gallup_Risk_Waiver.pdf. A parent or guardian must sign for children younger than 16 years old.

  • 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.

  • Alcohol is not allowed.

  • 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.

  • Dogs are welcome!

Paddling Tips for an Enjoyable River Experience

What you should bring on the river: shoes that can get wet, sunscreen, water or other beverages to keep you hydrated on hot days, quick drying clothes, clothing that fits the weather, and dry bags to keep your belongings safe and dry. Not allowed on the river: alcohol, glass bottles and Styrofoam coolers.

Merchandise for Sale at Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries: 

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, nets, fishing poles, worms, trail maps and more.

Enjoy Hiking River Parks:

Argo Nature Area map (PDF) and Barton Park map (PDF)

Fun Facts About the Huron River


​Tubing Argo Cascades - Now Closed for the Season

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 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 transportaton provided for tube rentals. Lockers are available for personal belongings.

Group River Trips

Bring your family, friends, work or school groups out boating on the Huron River! Come experience a teambuilding adventure on the river while discovering the great outdoors and having fun with your group. 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 to make a reservation for this unique activity for all ages.​​

Group River Trip Details​​

Reservations are for groups of 15 or more people only and can only be made during non peak times. 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. Call the Gallup Livery office at 734.794.6240 at least two weeks prior to your trip to make a reservation.​

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. Combine your river adventure with fishing, natural science lessons, and a multitude of river-based topics. Available are canoes (3 people maximum​), 2-person kayaks, 1-person kayaks, kayaks for kids, 4-6 person rafts, paddles, lifejackets, boating instructions, and staff to help with or lead your river adventure. Join us for fun river education and recreation! Call Facility Supervisor Cheryl Saam at 734.794.6240 for further information and reduced boat rental fees. ​​