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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: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day

Gallup: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day

Argo Canoe Livery

River trips are open!

The Argo Canoe 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. Nice weather weekends bring out the big crowds at Argo and Gallup so expect long queues for boat rentals. Paddle with us for a fun river trip enjoying outdoor adventures with friends and family! Livery Brochure.pdf and River Map.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! Last boat rented is 7 p.m. and all boats returned by 8 p.m.

Stillwater boat rentals at Argo

  • Three-person Canoe: $18/boat, two hours

  • Two-person Kayak: $18/boat, two hours

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

  • Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP): $20/boat, two hours

River Trips from 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 on weekdays). 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 2.5-hour Barton-to-Gallup river trip starts at the Gallup Livery. The Huron River is generally a calm and lazy river with a short section of drops and pools in the Argo Cascades. The 1.5 hour Argo-to-Gallup river trip starts at the Argo Livery. Weekends and holidays are extremely busy so to avoid crowds and long queues come paddle on weekdays.

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

Argo-to-Gallup Schedule

 May 23 to September 7:

  • Weekends begin your trip at the Argo Livery anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - on nice weather weekends we run out of equipment and have very long queues
  • Weekdays begin your trip at the Argo Livery anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

​Argo-to-Gallup Boat Rental Fees

  • Two-person kayak: $25/boat
  • One-person kayak: $20/boat
  • Two-person canoe: $25/boat (third person in canoe >12 years old, $10 fee)
  • Five-person raft: $68/boat

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. New this year is a boat slide to help you portage your boat around Barton Dam. Thank you Huron River Watershed Council and RiverUp! Start this river trip at the Argo Canoe Livery.

Delhi-to-Argo Schedule

May 23 to September 7:

  • Weekends and holidays leaves the Argo Livery ​​once in the morning at 10 a.m. only

Delhi-to-Argo Boat Rental Fees 

  • Two-person kayak: $40/boat
  • One-person kayak: $35/boat
  • Two-person canoe: $40/boat (third person in canoe >12 years old, $10 fee)

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Tubing 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 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. Lockers are available for personal belongings.

Tube Rental Fee

  • $10/tube, 2-hour rental

River Trip Details ​

Argo Cascades:

  • 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.
  • 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 (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! Small groups and individuals can be accommodated without any problems on all but the busiest of days.
  • Groups of 15 or more people can make reservations on weekdays only, 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.
  • Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older).
  • 4 people allowed in the canoe ​if 2 children have the combined weight of less than 100 lbs otherwise 3 people in a canoe
  • Tubes are required to stay in the Argo Cascades and do not go down the river to Gallup.
  • We do not provide personal boat transports.
  • All boaters are required to sign a risk waiverGallup_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.
  • 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 hourly 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. 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, stickers, nets, fishing poles, worms, trail maps and more.

Enjoy Hiking River Parks:

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

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​​

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. If your group would like to paddle on a weekend or holiday your best option is to arrive before 11 a.m. at the Argo Livery for the Argo-to-Gallup river trip.

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. ​​

Parking at the Argo Canoe Livery

Parking Options

Parking is very 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_shuttle_map.pdf. Have your own tube? On busy summer weekends follow the signs on Plymouth Road and park in the 900 Wall Street shuttle lot for a short walk to the Argo Cascades.

Argo & Gallup Park Programs - Register now for a river-themed program!

River Camps at Argo & Gallup Park Liveries - All 2015 River Camps are currently full

Our popular river camp programs teach kids how to explore and love their natural world all from the seat of a boat! The river camps are licensed by the State and we have experienced instructors that understand the safety of on-water activities while balancing the importance of outdoor fun and adventure. For more information call the Gallup Park office 734.794.6240.

Gallup River Camp: Completed 1st-5th Grades

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 the cascades. Camp Explore floats the river in rafts and Camp Adventure journeys down the river on kayaks.

Camp Fees:  resident, $225; nonresident, $275

Camp Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Extended Camp: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. & 4:30 to 6 p.m.; resident, $50, nonresident, $60

Gallup River Camp Explore - Completed 1st-5th Grades:  

June 22-26, July 6-10, July 20-24, Aug 3-7, Aug 17-21

Gallup River Camp Adventure – Completed 3rd/4th/5th Grades:                                                             

June 15-19, June 29-July 2 (4 day camp), July 13-17, July 27-31, Aug 10-14, Aug 24-28, Aug 31-Sept 4

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 games and a bonfire lunch. Argo River Camp is based out of a cabin and pavilion at the Argo Livery. Because of the outdoor adventure nature of this camp each session is limited to 12 campers.

Camp Fees: resident $225; nonresident $275

Camp Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Argo River Camp – Completed 6th/7th/8th Grades:

June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, Aug 3-7, Aug 10-14, Aug 17-21, Aug 24-28

Argo River Camp Just for Girls – Completed 6th/7th/8th Grades:

June 29-July 2 (no camp July 3); resident, $180; nonresident, $220

River Programs at Argo & Gallup Park Liveries 

Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) – Argo Livery

Thursdays, June 25, July 16 or August 13, 5:30-8 p.m., $35/person/1 session course, ages 13-99, preregistration required. Come try out SUP! We provide the instruction, boards, paddles, and lifejackets. SUP is easy to learn and is a great workout all while having fun out on beautiful Argo Pond.

Full Moon Paddles - Gallup Livery

Offered 3 moonlit Friday evenings, June 5, July 31, and August 28. Rent your boat from the Gallup Livery any time between 8 and 9:30 p.m. with all boats returned by 11 p.m. $18/boat, no pre-registration. As the sun sets and the full 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.  Bring family, friends and a flashlight. ​

River Women - Argo Livery

Tuesdays, July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., $100/person/4 session course, ages 13-99, 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 build more confidence on the water.  1st session: Kayak around Argo Pond with an instructor and learn basic strokes and maneuvers all while building up your confidence kayaking on the water.  2nd session: Come try out and get some basic instruction on SUPs 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 cascades and down the Huron River. 

Family Canoeing - Gallup Livery

Thursday, August 6, 6-8 p.m., $ 14/adult (children under 16 years old free), preregistration required. Gallup Pond provides a beautiful place to learn how to canoe as a family! Learn some boating safety and basic strokes from an instructor that will allow you to work together as a family to maneuver around the pond. All equipment and lifejackets will be provided for your evening of family fun! Up to 4 people per canoe if the two in the middle are children whose combined weight is less than 100 pounds. All children must have had their first birthday.