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River Trips 

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Hundreds of boats, no reservations, two boat rental locations, two lengths of river trips, two reservoirs for stillwater paddling, and tubes for floating the rapids.  Canoe, kayak, raft, SUP, tube and paddleboat the river for fun for everyone!​

Argo to Gallup Trip - 3.7 miles, 1.5 hours

This river trip starts with kayaking or rafting the Argo Cascades, or you can bypass the cascades in canoes, and ends with a relaxing paddle down the Huron River. Van transportation upriver is included. 

Argo to Gallup River Trip Schedule ​

April 18-May 1
  • Every day: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., every hour on the hour from Gallup
May 2-May 22
  • ​Weekends: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., anytime from Argo
  • Weekdays: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., every hour on the hour from Gallup
May 23-September 7
  • Every day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., anytime from Argo
September 8-September 27
  • Weekends: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., anytime from Argo
  • Weekdays: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., every hour on the hour from Gallup
September 28-October 18
  • Every day: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., every hour on the hour from Gallup

Argo to Gallup River Trip Boat Fees

  • $27/2-person kayak
  • $21/1-person kayak
  • $27/2-person canoe, 3rd adult +$10, if small children can fit 4 people, no extra charge for children <13 years old
  • $72/5-person raft, can fit 6 people if child

​Argo to Gallup Trip Details

  • ​​Last boat rental for the Argo to Gallup river trip is 4 p.m. with all boats due to Gallup docks by 6 p.m. in the spring/fall and 7 p.m. in the summer.​ 
  • Finish river trip within 3 hours from the start of your boat rental.  
  • This trip starts at the Argo Livery unless Argo is closed, check spring/fall schedule, then the trip starts at Gallup. 

Barton to Gallup Trip - 5.7 mile, 2.5 hours 

This trip leaves from the Gallup Park location and starts with a van ride upriver to Barton Park. Our longest river trip starts with a 2-mile paddle through Argo Pond, paddles down the fun Argo Cascades and ends with a relaxing 3.7 mile paddle down the river current back to Gallup Park.

Barton to Gallup River Trip Schedule

May 2-May 22
  • Weekends: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., every hour on the hour from Gallup.
May 23-September 7
  • ​Weekends: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., anytime from Gallup
  • Weekdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., every hour on the hour from Gallup.
September 8-September 27
  • Weekends: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., every hour on the hour from Gallup. 

Barton to Gallup River Trip Boat Fees

  • $32/2-person kayak
  • $26/1-person kayak
  • Canoes and rafts are not available for this trip​

Barton to Gallup Trip Details

  • ​​​Last trip leaves Gallup at 2 p.m. 
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to when the river trip leaves Gallup for you must have completed forms and signed up 5 minutes before trip. 
  • Finish river trip within 4 hours from the start of your boat rental. ​

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Stillwater Paddling in the Reservoirs 

072015RiverDay-106.jpgPaddle a boat in the 2.5-mile Gallup Reservoir or the 2-mile Argo Reservoir section of the Huron River where there is little or no current. Great for beginners and families. No van ride needed; just jump in a boat and off you go!      

Stillwater Paddling Schedule

April 18-May 1
  • ​Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime at Gallup
  • Weekdays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime at Gallup
May 2-May 22
  • ​Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime at Argo or Gallup
  • Weekdays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime at Gallup
May 23-September 7
  • Every day: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., anytime at Argo or Gallup
September 8-September 27
  • Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime at Argo or Gallup
  • Weekdays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime at Gallup
September 28-October 18
  • Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime at Gallup
  • Weekdays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime at Gallup
​Boat​​Livery Rental Available
​TimeCost
​1-person Kayak
​Argo and Gallup
​2 hours​$15/boat
​Canoe and 2-person Kayak
​Argo and Gallup
​2 hours​$20/boat
​3-person Paddleboat
​Gallup
​1 hour
​$12/boat
4-person Paddleboat
​Gallup
​1 hour
​$20/boat
​Stand-up Paddleboard
​Argo 
​2 hours
​$21/boat​

​​Rowboat
​Gallup
​2 hours
​$24/boat

Accessible Paddlesports in Gallup Park

​The Gallup location offers an accessible boat launch that provides universal accessibility, it is simple and safe to use, so that people of all abilities can find boarding, launching and recovery a breeze. Accessible parking, pathways, EZ Launch dock and a fishing dock provides river recreation for everyone. AccessibleKayaking

Tube the Huron River

Tube the river details for tube rentals, tube purchases, bring your own tube and where to tube the Huron River starting at Argo Park. 

Argo Cascades

  • Argo Cascades are a series of nine small drops and pools.
  • Two-person kayaks, one-person kayaks, five-person rafts and tubes paddle through the cascades.
  • Canoes are available for the Argo to Gallup river trip and bypass the cascades by launching downstream from Argo Dam.
  • River trips paddle the cascades in kayaks or rafts and the stillwater boat rentals stay in the ponds. 
  • Requirements to kayak down the Argo Cascades:
    • Paddler in the stern of every kayak must have some experience paddling a boat (5 or more 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.

FAQ and Parking

072015cascades-53.jpgWe have over 500 boats so we can accom​modate most everyone on all but the busiest of days. No reservations just come on down and enjoy a river experience!​


  • Two river trips, 3.7 mile 1.5 hours or 5.7 mile 2.5 hours.
  • Kayaks, on both river trips, paddle down the Argo Cascades.
  • Canoes, only available for the 3.7 mile trip, bypass the rapids. 
  • Rafts are only available for the 3.7 mile trip.
  • No reservations for we have 100's of kayaks and canoes available to rent. Groups of 15 or more people see the group section below.
  • New this year we are offering people transports, no boats or inflated tubes, for $10/person.
  • Our busiest times and longest wait for boats is nice weather summer weekends. Avoid this time to avoid the crowds. Arrive early for boat rentals for lines may be long and we sell out. Many days we have to stop rentals before 4 p.m. due to the length of line and being out of kayaks. 
  • All boaters are required to sign a Risk Waiver . A parent or guardian must sign for children younger than 16 years old.
  • Maximum cooler size allowed is 12" x 12" x 12".
  • Only ONE cooler per boat, 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 child's small 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.) 
  • 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.
  • We offer season passes $400/year, good for one boat, river trip or stillwater, per day, all season.
  • Dogs are welcome on all boats except inflatables!
  • 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.
Parking at the Liveries on Weekends

Argo and Gallup Parks are busy places on nice weather weekends and parking is limited. Please carpool, bike or walk! 

  • We've improved parking options at the Argo Livery by adding Argo Parking (pdf) at the Kellogg Eye Center 900 Wall Street available on summer weekends and holidays. 
  • Park at adjacent Huron High School or Furstenberg parking pdf for extra parking at Gallup Park on weekends.​

Group Boat Rentals

Huron River Halloween_04.jpgBring your family, friends, work or school groups out boating on the Huron River! Groups may also rent a picnic shelter or indoor room to combine a paddle trip with a party or picnic. Call Gallup 734.794.6240 for details.

  • Group boat reservations are available on weekdays only and for groups of 15 or more people
  • We do not offer discount boat rental fees for groups except for school groups during the spring and fall months.
  • The 3.7 mile Argo to Gallup trip is best for large groups for more boat choices and vans are available for this trip. Stillwater paddling is perfect for novice paddlers.
  • 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. 

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!

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!

Argo Park 

1055 Longshore Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6241, Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor csaam@a2gov.org

Opens May 2. Go to Gallup for all boat rentals when Argo is closed.

Gallup Park

3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6240, Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor  csaam@a2gov.org

Opens April 18. The Gallup Park Meeting Room and the office are open year round.