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​Boat rentals are closed for the 2020 season.

River Trips (river current)

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

Schedule - Closed

Boat Fees 

  • $27/2-person kayak
  • $21/1-person kayak
  • $27/2-person canoe, (3-person if children) 
  • $72/5-person raft (6-person if children) 

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

​​Schedule - Closed

Boat Fees

  • ​$26/1-person kayak
  • $32/2-person kayak​​​​

Stillwater Paddles (no current)

Schedule - Closed

Boat Fees

​Boat​​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
​$18/boat
​Stand-up Paddleboard
​Argo 
​2 hours
​$21/boat​

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​Tube the River

​​Tube webpage​ for tubing the river details.

Schedule - Closed

​​Tube Fees - Argo Livery

  • ​​​​$10/tube, 2-hour rental, rent and return at Argo Livery.
  • Tubes available for purchase at the Argo Livery.
  • $10/person van transport from Gallup to Argo Livery.

​Parking at Argo and Gallup​ Parks

  • Parking on weekends/holidays at Gallup Park
  • Parking on weekends/holidays at Argo Park

​​​FAQ's​

​River Trips

  • River trips kayak or raft down a short section of rapids, or you can bypass the rapids in a canoe, and end with a relaxing paddle down the river current.​​​
  • ​Reservations required for all boat rentals.
  • Van transportation upriver is provided and included.
  • Face masks are required to be worn in our vans and outside around our facilities until you are out on the river.
  • 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 by 7 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Due to the pandemic, we are not providing van transportation for people with their own kayaks, canoes or tubes. 

​Stillwater Paddles

  • Paddle a boat and stay in 2-mile Argo or Gallup Ponds where the Huron River is lake-like due to the dams.
  • 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.
  • ​Universal accessible boat launch located at the Gallup LiveryAccessibleKayaking​. ​

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, coffee, chips, candy, granola bars, sunscreen, eyeglass cords, dry bags, t-shirts, hats and stickers.

​​​​​Boat Rental Policies

  • ​​​​Credit cards only for payment.
  • One person in your group is required to fill out a rental agreement.
  • Dogs are welcome on all boats except inflatables.
  • 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 watercraft.
  • 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.

Gr​oup Boat Rentals

All boat rentals are by reservation only and each reservation time is for up to 7 people. If you have more than 7 people you can reserve mulitple time slots. Call Gallup 734.794.6240 if you have questions.​
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School Groups & Boat Rentals​

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 csaam@a2gov.org. 

  • Discounted boat rentals on spring and fall weekdays. ​
  • Livery staff are available to paddle the river with your group. 

Argo Park ​

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

Closed for the season.

Gallup Park 

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

Closed for the season. The Gallup office is staffed year round.