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​​Stillwater Paddles (no current) 

No reservations, just come down to the liveries and paddle a boat where the river is similar to a calm lake in beautiful Argo and Gallup Parks. We have over 500 boats (kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and standup paddleboards) available to rent.


  • April 23-May 6:
    • Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.*, at the Gallup Livery
  • May 7-May 27:
    • Every day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.* at the Gallup Livery
    • Weekends only, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.* at the Argo Livery
  • May 28-September 5:
    • Every day, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.* at the Argo and Gallup Liveries

*Last boat rental is 2 hours prior to close. For example if we close at 8 p.m. the last rental is at 6 p.m. with all boats are due back by 8 p.m.

Stillwater Boat Rental Fees

​1-person Kayak
​Argo and Gallup
​$17/Kayak - 2 hours
​2-person Kayak
​Argo and Gallup
​$22/Kayak - 2 hours
​2 to 4-person Canoe​
​Argo and Gallup
​$22/Canoe - 2 hours
​3-person Paddleboat
​$14/Boat - 1 hour
4-person Paddleboat
​$20/boat - 1 hour
​Stand-up Paddleboard
​$23/boat​ - 2 hours

River Trips (current) - Reservations Required

Argo to Gallup River Trip - 3.7 miles, 1.5 hours​​ 

Paddle down the Argo Cascades, or you can bypass the rapids, and on down the beautiful Huron River in Ann Arbor. We provide the van transportation upriver. Boat Reservations online or call on day of to check availability.


  • ​April 23-May 6: 
    • Thursday-Sunday, on the hour, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. from Gallup
  • May 7-May 27: 
    • Monday-Friday, on the hour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from Gallup
    • Saturday-Sunday, anytime, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from Argo
  • May 28-Sept. 5: 
    • Every day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., anytime, from Argo

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

Starts at the Gallup Livery with a van shuttle upriver. Kayak through 2-mile Argo Pond, and then down the Argo Cascades and the Huron River current. Boat Reservations online or call on day of to check availability. 


  • May 7-May 27: 
    • Saturday-Sunday, on the hour, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • May 28-Sept. 5: 
    • ​Weekdays, on the hour, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Weekends, every half hour, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

River Trip Boat Rental Fees


​Argo to Gallup Trip
3.7-Mile, 1.5-Hours
​Barton to Gallup Trip
5.7-Mile, 2.5-Hours
​1-Person Kayak
​2-Person Kayak
​2-Person Canoe
(3-4 Person if children​)
+$10 for 3rd adult 
​5-Person Raft
(6-Person if child)



Boat Reservations for River Trips

  • Reserve online Boat Reservations.​ 
  • Prior to the day - reserve online. 
  • Want to paddle the river today? Please call to check if times are available or if you have questions. 
    • Gallup Livery 734.794.6240
    • Argo Livery 734.794.6241
  • Reservations are not required for stillwater (no current) boat rentals. Just show up anytime for paddling in these lake-like sections of the river in Argo or Gallup Park.
  • We have plenty of boat available to rent including 450 kayaks.
  • You are reserving a time slot for a river trip for up to 4 people.
  • Make only one reservation for a group of up to 4 people with one deposit for your group.
  • When you arrive you will select and pay for the boats your group would like to rent and your deposit will be credited towards your boat rentals. 
  • Boats available to rent may depend on water level, for example canoes and rafts are not available to rent during low water conditions.
  • Full refunds or user credit are issued if we cancel due to bad weather or river conditions.
  • If you cancel prior to the day of of your reservation we will issue user credit to reschedule.

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​Tube the River 

Tube the River details, rentals, personal tubes, parking and river map.

  • ​​Rental tubes at the Argo Livery:
    • Tube rentals every day from the Argo Livery during open hours up to 2-hour prior to closing.
    • $10/person for a 2-hour rental.
    • 1 person per tube.
    • ​Must be 8 years of age or older.
    • Shoes, no flip flops, are required. 
    • Water shoes are for sale at the Argo Livery for $15.
    • Tube down the Argo Cascade rapids and walk back up to repeat 2 or 3 times in your 2 hour rental time.
    • Rental tubes are required to stay in the Argo Cascades and tubes are returned to the Argo Livery.
  • *NEW* Argo Livery has tubes for purchase.
  • Have your own tube? ​Tube the River​
  • *NEW* Gallup Livery offers van transportation for $10/person, no inflated tubes and no boats, just people. 

​Parking at Argo and Gallup​ Parks

  • Parking on weekends/holidays at Gallup Park - Park at Huron High School or Furstenberg parking pdf.
  • Parking on weekends/holidays at Argo Park - Park Argo Parking (pdf) at the Kellogg Eye Center 900 Wall Street.


​River Trips

  • Dogs are welcome in all boats except in rafts and tubes.
  • *NEW* Gallup Livery offers van transportation for $10/person, no inflated tubes and no boats, just people. 
  • Face masks are required to be worn in our vans.
  • Lifejackets are required and provided with all boat rentals.
  • Children must be age 1 years old or older to be in our boats.
  • 5-person rafts, 6-person if one is a child, are only available for the 3.7 mile trip.​ Rafts are not available when the river is low. 
  • River trip boats must be returned to the Gallup Livery one hour prior to closing.
  • The 1.5 hour river trip maximum time is 3 hours.
  • Everyone in your group must be present and have completed the forms at the time of your boat reservation.

​Stillwater Paddles

  • Dogs are welcome in all boats except in rafts and tubes.
  • Great for beginners and families.
  • No van ride needed, jump in a boat and off you go.
  • Stillwater boat rentals stop 2-hours prior to closing time.
  • Lifejackets are required and provided with all boat rentals.
  • Children must be age 1 years old or older to be in our boats.​
  • ​*New* Universal accessible boat launches are located at both the Argo and Gallup LiveriesAccessibleKayaking​. ​

Argo Cascades

  • Argo Cascades are 1500 feet of nine man-made drops and pools that bypass Argo Dam.
  • Kayakers get waist down wet in the cascades for water splashes over your boat. Boats flip over so be prepared to be wet!
  • Requirements to kayak down the Argo Cascades:
    • Paddler in the stern of kayak must have 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.

What to Wear/What to Bring

  • Dress for the weather.
  • Dress for getting wet so wear a bathing suit or clothes that can get wet and will dry quickly.
  • Wear shoes that can get wet and will stay on to protect your feet. 
  • DO NOT take valuables or personal belongings on the river unless secure in a dry bag/container (we sell dry bags/containers and have lockers at both liveries). Boats tip over and phones fall in the river.
  • Do not bring towels for they just get wet. 
  • Maximum size coolers 12'x12'x12' allowed (one per boat, no Styrofoam)
  • No alcohol. No glass bottles.
  • Argo Livery sells cold drinks, chips, candy, granola bars, sunscreen, eyeglass cords, dry bags, water shoes, and stickers. 
  • Gallup Livery sells cold drinks, chips, candy, granola bars, sunscreen, eyeglass cords, dry bags, t-shirts, hats and stickers.

​​​​​Boat Rental Policies

  • ​​​​We take cash, all types of credit cards and checks for payment.
  • One person in your group is required to fill out a rental agreement.
  • Dogs are welcome on all boats except rafts and tubes.
  • All boaters are required to sign a Risk Waiver . A parent or guardian must sign for children younger than 16 years old.
  • Lifejackets are required and provided. We have all sizes from child's small to adult XL.
  • Children under the age of 1 years old are not permitted in our boat rentals.
  • Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older).​
  • We do not rent equipment, paddles and lifejackets, to people who have not rented our boats. 
  • Late fees: The City will charge double the rental rate per watercraft for equipment that is not returned to the livery by closing time.

G​r​oup Boat Rentals

​Family, Friends, Camps​ and Work Groups

Outdoors, teamwork, and fun on the beautiful Huron River in the city of Ann Arbor! Boat rentals for all skill levels​ and all sizes of groups. Sorry, but we do not offer discount boat fees for groups. Contact Cheryl Saam 734.794.6240 or [email protected] for further information and to set up boat reservations for your group. 

  • Groups <25 people - Reserve online Boat Reservations.​ 
    • ​You are reserving a time slot for 4 or less people. For example if you have 12 people in your group you will need 3 reservations.
    • To make multiple reservations, add an account member under your account for every 4 people
  • Groups >25 people - Call the Gallup Office.
    • ​We can accomodate group sizes of up to 300 people!
    • Stillwater paddles or the 1.5-hour river trip is available for large groups.​

​School Groups

We can work with you to provide a river experience that best fits your class for an unforgettable outdoor exploration by boating on the Huron River.  Contact Recreation Supervisor Cheryl Saam 734.794.6240 or [email protected] 

  • Discounted boat rentals for school groups on spring/fall weekdays. ​
  • Livery staff are available to paddle the river with your group. 
  • Have adults print and sign Risk Waiver prior to youth group trips.

Gallup Park Livery 

3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6240
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor [email protected]

Boat rentals open April 23.  Gallup Park Meeting Room rentals and office are open all year.​

Argo Park Livery​

1055 Longshore Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6241
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor [email protected]

​Opens May 7. Go to the Gallup Livery for all boat rentals April 23-May 6.​