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Argo Canoe Livery

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

Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor

Argo Canoe Livery:

Summer, every day 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sept. 6 to Oct. 9, weekends only 10 a.m.-7 p.m. When Argo is closed go to Gallup for all boat rentals.

Gallup Canoe Livery: 

Summer, every day 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Sept. 6 to Oct. 23, every day 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 in a quiet natural setting. Also offered are concessions, river merchandise, and river themed programs. We accept credit cards, cash and checks for payment. Dogs are welcome! Paddle with us for a fun river trip enjoying outdoor adventures with friends and family!   River Map.pdf

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Parking at Argo on Weekends

Argo Canoe Livery is busy on nice weather weekends and parking is limited, please carpool or walk! We've improved parking options by adding offsite parking with a parking shuttle on busy summer weekends and holidays at the Argo Livery. Argo Parking Map.pdf . Have your own tube? Visit Tube website for trip and parking instructions.

Ann Arbor City Council recently passed a resolution to create a neighborhood parking program. This program impacts the following streets neat Argo Park – Wright St. and Kellogg St. Parking on these streets on the weekend will now be reserved for residents with permits only.  

We encourage Argo participants to use the following parking lots – Argo Park, the parking lot at 416 Longshore Drive, or the Kellogg Eye Center lot at 900 Wall Street. 

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! Maximum cooler size allowed is 12 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches, only ONE cooler per boat, styrofoam coolers are not permitted and no alcohol or glass bottles.

Stillwater Paddle Hours

  • May 28 to September 5
    • Every day 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last boat rental is 6 p.m.
  • September 6 to October 9
    • Weekends only 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last boat rental is 5 p.m. Go to the Gallup Livery location for weekday boat rentals in the fall.
  • October 10 to October 23
    • Every day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. go the the Gallup Livery.

Stillwater Boat Rental Fees for 2-hour rental

  • Three-person Canoe: $18/boat
  • Two-person Kayak: $18/boat
  • One-person Kayak: $14/boat
  • Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP): $20/boat

River Trips

Paddle down the Huron River and we provide a van shuttle upriver. The Argo Cascades has improved the river trip experience with the removal of a portage, the creation of small rapids and offers new river recreation with sit-on-top kayaks and rafts. Canoes bypass the cascades. No reservations taken except on weekdays for groups of 15 or more people. Maximum cooler size allowed is 12 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches, only ONE cooler per boat, styrofoam coolers are not permitted and no alcohol or glass bottles.

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

Our most popular trip starts with the fun Argo Cascades and ends with a relaxing paddle down the picturesque Huron River. The river is surrounded by parks providing an outdoor experience right in the city of Ann Arbor. We provide van transportation back to Argo at the end of your trip.

Argo-to-Gallup Schedule

  • May 28 to September 5
    • Every day: starts at the Argo Livery anytime between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends can have long lines, arrive early and all rental forms/payment must be completed by 4 p.m.
  • September 6 to October 9
    • Weekends anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from the Argo Livery
    • Weekdays on the hour, every hour, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from the Gallup Livery
  • October 10 to October 23
    • Every day on the hour, every hour, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from the Gallup Livery

Argo-to-Gallup Boat Rental Fees

  • Two-person kayak: $25/kayak
  • One-person kayak: $20/kayak
  • Two-person canoe: $25/canoe
  • Five-person raft: $68/raft

Barton-to-Gallup River Trip - 2.5 hour, 5.7 mile trip

This trip starts at the Gallup Livery with a van ride upriver to Barton Park. A longer river trip that starts with a 2-mile paddle through Argo Pond,  paddling down the fun Argo Cascades and ending with a relaxing paddle down the river current back to Gallup Park.

Barton-to-Gallup Schedule - Start at the Gallup Canoe Livery

  • May 28 to September 5
    • Weekends: anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    • Weekdays: on the hour every hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Weekends can have long lines and this trip can sell out by noon.
  • September 6 to October 9
    • Weekends: on the hour every hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from the Gallup Livery

Barton-to-Gallup Boat Rental Fees

  • Two-person kayak: $30/boat
  • One-person kayak: $25/boat
  • Canoes and rafts are not available for this trip

Rental Tubes for the Argo Cascades

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. Maximum cooler size allowed is 12 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches, only ONE cooler per boat, styrofoam coolers are not permitted and no alcohol or glass bottles.

Tube Rental Fee

  • $10/tube, 2-hour rental, Argo Canoe Livery

Have your own Tube?

See webpage dedicated to tubes with details on routes to take, where to park and a map of the river. 

River Trip Details ​

Argo Cascades:

T​he Argo Cascades were designated by the national City Parks Alliance as a "Frontline Park" for providing an inspiring example of urban park excellence, design innovation, and stewardship. The Cascades also earned the 2012 Michigan Recreation and Park Association Park Design Award.​

  • All river trips 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.
  • Tubes are required to stay in the Argo Cascades therefore tubes do not continue down the river to Gallup Park.
  • Canoes do not go through the Argo Cascades, but are available for the Argo-to-Gallup river trip launching at the end of the cascades.
  • 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, and if you are unable to line up your boat for the next drop, stop and circle back to try it again.

River Trip Details:

  • No reservations! Only time reservations are taken is on weekdays for groups of 15 or more people, please call Gallup at 734.794.6240.
  • Our busiest times/longest wait for boats is nice weather, summer weekends. Avoid this time to avoid the crowds.
  • Carpool or ride your bike for parking is limited at both Argo and Gallup Parks.
  • New in 2016 maximum cooler size allowed is 12 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches
  • Only ONE cooler per boat and styrofoam coolers are not permitted
  • No alcohol or glass bottles of any kind
  • 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.
  • 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.) 
  • We do not provide personal boat transports.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Late fee: The City will charge double the rental rate per watercraft for equipment that is not returned to the livery by closing time.
  • 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.

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

Enjoy Hiking River Parks

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

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!

Group River Trips

Huron River Halloween_04.jpgBring 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​​

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. Call the Gallup Livery office at 734.794.6240 at least two weeks prior to your trip to make your weekday 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. 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! Call Facility Supervisor Cheryl Saam at 734.794.6240 for further information and reduced boat rental fees. ​​

Argo & Gallup Park 2016 Programs - Register

River Programs at Argo & Gallup Park Liveries

Some programs require preregistration. Online registration, more information, or call Gallup Park 734.794.6240.  28 Gallup Canoe Park 2010.jpg

River Kids Preschool Program - Gallup Livery

Fun river programs for children ages 2-6 years w/caregiver.  Each session is 4 weeks 1x/week , preregistration required. Resident, $70; nonresident, $84 per child/month.  River adventures with you and your little one! Each week we will explore the river world by paddling a kayak, canoe or paddleboat on Gallup Pond. The children will experience the thrill of catching fish off the dock and discovering our river critters with boats, stories, art and play.  Sessions:

  • Tuesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Night Paddles - Gallup Livery

August 19, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. $14-$18/boat, pre-registration required limited spaces. As the sun sets and the moon rises venture out to paddle a canoe or kayak in the night!  Watch for deer, muskrats, herons, and other wildlife as you paddle your boat on the 2-mile Gallup Pond section of the Huron River. ​

Canoe and Kayak Auction - Gallup Livery

Sunday, Sept. 11 at noon. Public auction of used and damaged boats. Featured this year are 2-person kayaks, 1-person kayaks and canoes.

Trick or Treat on the River - Gallup Livery

Sunday, Oct. 16, between noon and 5 p.m. $18/boat, no pre-registration, all ages welcome (children must be one year or older). Enjoy the haunting fall beauty of the Huron River while trick or treating by canoe or kayak. As you paddle up and down Gallup Pond, you will encounter creatures handing out treats. Feel free to dress up. Bring a bag for your candy and keep an eye out for swamp monsters and pirates!