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Gallup Canoe Livery 

Offers canoe, two-person kayak, one-person kayak, paddleboat, and rowboat rentals, river-themed programs and a coffee shop. This award-winning park includes 3.25-mile asphalt trail, fishing, public boat launch, playgrounds, picnic areas and pavilions, nature areas and an indoor room available for rent all year. The Gallup Coffee Shop offers concessions, ice cream and Zingerman's baked goods overlooking the river.Livery Brochure 2014.pdf

Hours: Every day 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

​​​Stillwater Paddles

Paddle a boat in the river where there is little or no current on 2.5-mile Gallup 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 arrive at the livery at least two hours prior to closing time. Paddleboats are one hour rentals therefore arrive at the livery at least one hour prior to closing time.

Stillwater Boat Rentals at Gallup

  • Canoe: $18/boat, two hours, maximum 3 people
    • 4 people allowed in canoe if you have 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
  • Rowboat: $18/boat, two hours, maximum 5 people
  • Paddleboat: $10/boat, 1 hour, maximum 3 people   

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 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. Start this river trip at the Argo Livery.

  • Schedule .
    • From Argo weekends/holidays anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; weekdays anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Argo-to-Gallup boat rental rates
    • Two-person kayak: $22/boat
    • One-person kayak: $18/boat
    • Five-person raft: $60/boat (raft trips take 2.5 hours so last trip is at 4 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 ends with a paddle through beautiful river parks down to Gallup. Start this river trip at the Gallup Livery.

  • Schedule
    • From Gallup Livery weekends/holidays anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.; weekdays every hour/on the hour 9 a.m. to 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 Argo Livery weekends/holidays 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. 


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 and 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 a safe and fun 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.

Huron River Maps and Facts. Map of Gallup Park. Fun Facts About the Huron River Fun_Huron_River_Facts.pdf

​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. Groups may also 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.

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. Call the Gallup Livery office 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 (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 Facility Supervisor Cheryl Saam 734.794.6240 for further information and reduced boat rental fees. 

Gallup Park Meeting Room

Available year round! Rent the picturesque indoor meeting room for your next meeting or party. Features include windows and patio overlooking the Huron River, seating for 40 people, kitchenette, accessible restroom and WiFi. Combine room rental with boat rentals for a fun outing. Call 734.794.6240 for more information or to reserve the room. Rental fees per hour are $40/hour A2 residents; $50/hour nonresidents. 

River Programs 

Public Programs                                                                         

Register or for more information call the Gallup Livery office 734.794.6240.

Sunday, July 13 
Noon–4 p.m. 34th Annual Huron River Day — Sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation to celebrate the beautiful Huron River and participate in FREE family activities. Enjoy $5/boat canoe and kayak rentals, exhibit tents and live music on the river bank. Ride your bike to the event, use free valet bike parking, and receive a coupon for a free boat rental during the festival. Activities include a children’s tent with art and science activities and the enviro-challenge game; a canoe photo booth; fishing; dipping for river bugs; live animal program with the Leslie Science & Nature Center; a butterfly house; the Classic Small Boat Show; and stand-up paddle boarding. Food will be available for purchase. The Ann Arbor Track Club Gallup Gallop 5K Run/Fitness Walk takes place at Gallup Park at 8:30 a.m. ( A guided paddling trip is 11 a.m.–noon. Details: 734.794.6240

River Kids for Preschoolers - Gallup Livery
River fun for children ages 2-6 years w/caregiver. Each session is 4 weeks 1x/week from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Register for one or more month long sessions! Resident, $52; nonresident, $64 per child/month. Call Gallup to register for a sibling discount. 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.
River Kid Sessions: Tuesdays, May 6, 13,20, 27; Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28; Thursdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29; Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24; Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25; Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29; Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; Tuesdays, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26; Wednesdays, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Classes – Argo Livery
July 17 or Aug. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., $25/person, register for one date, 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
Fridays, July 11 and August 8, start from Gallup Livery any time between 8 and 9:30 p.m. with all boats returned by 11 p.m. $18/boat, no preregistration. 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 2.5-mile Gallup Pond section of the Huron River. Bring family, friends and a flashlight.

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Gallup River Day Camp - completed grades 1 to 5

Registration for River Camps

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 around the pond and beyond. All ages have fun swimming at the pool and rafting the river. River Camp Adventure journeys out for a paddle on Argo Pond and a day long kayak trip down the river. Camp is based out of the Gallup Park Meeting Room, licensed by the State of Michigan and staff are certified in American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Lifeguarding.Argo Canoe Livery offers river day camp for completed grades 5 to 8.  If you have camp questions contact Cheryl Saam, Facility Supervisor, call 734.794.6240 or email

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Camp Fees: Resident, $225; nonresident, $275; preregistration required
Extended Camp: Before and after camp hours with play, art, games, boats and fishing fun.
Hours: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. & 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Fees: Resident, $50; nonresident, $60

Gallup River Camp Discover - Completed Grades 1 to 3
Young campers will discover the river world with paddleboats, kid size kayaks and fishing fun in Gallup Pond. Playground sand and  water fun, exploring the  wetlands, swimming at the pool, learning about river bugs and animals, playing games, creating art and having a cookout rounds out the week of river discovery.
Session Dates: June 30 - July 3 (no camp July 4, fee: res $180; nonres $225), Aug. 4 - Aug. 8

Gallup River Camp Explore - Completed Grades 1 to 5
The river camp for all ages, perfect for siblings, to explore the Huron with canoes, paddleboats, kid size kayaks and fishing fun. The campers venture further out in the boats on Gallup Pond, enjoy a trip paddling canoes on beautiful Argo Pond and venture down the Argo Cascades on rafts. Sand and water fun in the playground, discovering wetlands, swimming at the pool, playing games, learning about river bugs and animals, playing games, creating art and having a cookout rounds out the week of river exploration.
Session Dates: June 16-20, July 7-11, July 21-25, Aug. 11-15, Aug. 25-29
Gallup River Camp Adventure - Completed Grades 3 to 5
The campers are now ready for adventures out on the ponds and beyond with canoes, paddleboats, kayaks and fishing fun. In addition to all the river activities around Gallup Park the River Camp Adventure goes boating in Argo Pond, rafts down the Cascades and paddles double kayaks down the river while stopping at Island Park for river critter discovery and picnic fun. Sand and water fun in the playground, discovering wetlands, swimming at the pool, playing games, creating art and having a cookout rounds out the week of river adventures.
Session Dates: June 23-27, July 14-18, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 18-22

For further information: Cheryl Saam, Facility Supervisor, call 734.794.6240 or email

Cancellation Policy: Refunds must be requested in writing by fax or in person at the Gallup Park Canoe Livery office and are subject to a $10 service fee.  If refund request is made 46 days or more prior to the start of your day camp session 100% of your class fee will be refunded, 30 to 45 days prior 50% of your class fee will be refunded, 15 to 29 days prior 25% of your class fee will be refunded, and 14 days prior 0% of your class fee will be refunded.​​​​



​Gallup Canoe Livery
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Recreation Supervisor
Cheryl Saam

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