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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
​​​​​​​​Argo Canoe Livery
1055 Longshore Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (directions)
Phone: (734) 794-6241
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor
Hours

September 2 to October 12: Weekends 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Weekdays closed (go to Gallup for all boat rentals on weekdays in the fall)

Argo Canoe Livery

Located at the Argo Cascades and features canoe, one-person and 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! Livery Brochure 2014.pdf

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Parking at the Argo Canoe Livery

We now have a parking shuttle lot with van service on busy weekend days. The lot is close to the base of the cascades and you can ride in our van shuttle or walk to the Argo Livery. Close to the cascades so perfect for folks with their own tubes! Also new this year is the canoe livery staff assisting with the parking of cars in the livery lots. argo_parking_shuttle_map.pdf 

Stillwater Paddles

Paddle a boat in the river where there is little or no current in  2-mile Argo Pond. We now close at 7 p.m. so in order to have your full 2 hour rental time please arrive at the Argo Livery 2 hours before we close. Great for beginners and families; no van ride needed; just jump in a boat and go!  

Stillwater Boat Rentals at Argo

  • Canoe: $18/boat, two hours, maximum 3 people
    • 4 people allowed in canoe if 2 children with combined weight of <100 lbs. 
  • Two-person kayak: $18/boat, two hours
  • One-person kayak and kid kayak: $14/boat, two hours
  • Stand-up Paddleboards(SUP): $18/boat, two hours

River Trips at Gallup and Argo

Paddle down the Huron River and we provide the van transportation upriver. We have over 500 boats and 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 and days of the week 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

Our most popular trip with a paddle down the drops and pools of the Argo Cascades by kayak or raft, canoes are launched after the Cascades, and a nice current through beautiful parks.  We provide the van transportation upriver.

  • Schedule 
    • Weekends: Start from the Argo Livery anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., van ride provided back to Argo at the end of your trip
    • Weekdays: Start from the Gallup Livery with a van ride upriver on-the-hour every hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Argo-to-Gallup boat rental rates
    • Two-person kayak: $22/boat
    • One-person kayak: $18/boat
    • Five-person raft: $60/boat (raft trip takes 2.5 hours so last rental is 3 p.m.)
    • Two-person canoe: $22/boat (3rd person in canoe >12 years old $10 fee, 4 people allowed in canoe if 2 children have the combined weight of < 100 lbs.)

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

Spend more time on the river, our longest trip without a portage, 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. Start this river trip at the Gallup Livery on weekends only and we provide the transportation upriver at the start of your trip.

  • Schedule
    • From the Gallup Livery weekends only on-the-hour every hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Barton-to-Gallup boat rental rates
    • Two-person kayak: $28/boat
    • One-person kayak: $24/boat
    • Two-person canoe: $28/boat (3rd person in canoe >12 years old $10 fee, 4 people allowed in canoe if 2 children have the combined weight of < 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
    • From the Argo Livery weekends at 10 a.m.
  • Delhi-to-Argo boat rental rates
    • Two-person kayak: $34/boat
    • One-person kayak: $30/boat
    • Two-person canoe: $34/boat (3rd person in canoe >12 years old $10 fee, 4 people allowed in canoe if 2 children have the combined weight of < 100 lbs. 

stella raft camp.jpg 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 (+5 times) and be able to steer to stay in the middle of river and avoid hitting rocks.
    • Everybody 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 next drop, stop and circle back to try it again.

River Trip Details & Policies

  • No reservations - 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 734.794.6240.
  • Our busiest times and 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/guardian signs for children younger than 16 years old.
  • One person in your group is required to fill out a rental agreement and leave one 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 (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 & 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.

Huron River Maps and Facts. Enjoy hiking river parks. Argo_Nature_Area_Maps.pdf and Barton_Park_Map.pdf.  Fun Facts About the Huron River Fun_Huron_River_Facts.pdf

​Tubing Argo Cascades

Float down the Argo Cascades, walk back to the top and repeat the fun! One-person per tube, 8 years and above, shoes required and 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.
Tubing at the Argo Canoe Livery Weekends Only: $10/tube, two hours

Group River Trips
Bring your family, friends, work or school groups out boating on the Huron River! Come experience adventures on the river and teambuilding while discovering the great outdoors and having fun with your group. Rent a picnic shelter or indoor room to combine a paddle trip with a party or a picnic. Call the Gallup Livery 734.794.6240 to make a reservation for this unique activity for all ages and skills.

Group River Trip Details

Reservations are only for groups of 15 or more people 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. To make a group reservation please call the Gallup Livery office 734.794.6240 at least two weeks prior to your trip.

School Group River Trips & 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 (maximum 3 people), 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 Recreation Supervisor Cheryl Saam 734.794.6240 for further information and reduced boat rental fees. 

River Programs​​

​​​​Public Programs                                                                    Register online

Gallup Livery offers preschool River Kid programs in September and October. Our Trick or Treat Paddle on the River is Sunday, October 19 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Gallup Livery. For more information call our office 734.794.6240 or visit the Gallup Livery webpage. ​