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​2021 Boat Reservations​​

Reserve online Gallup and Argo Boat Reservations​ 

River trips are currently CLOSED due to COVID distancing and high water.  We will update weekly. ​ Paddling in 2-mile Gallup Pond is OPEN. 

  • Reservations are required for all boat rentals prior to the day.
  • Call the Gallup Livery for day of reservations and if there is space we can make your reservation over the phone. 
  • Pond paddles in 2.5-mile Gallup Pond available every day.
  • Gallup Livery opens April 17 and will be open for boat reservations every day weather dependent.
  • Argo Livery opens May 1 and will be open weekends only in May. Go to Gallup Park for all boat rentals when Argo is closed.

River Trips (river current) - CLOSED

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

River trips are currently closed due to COVID distancing and high water. We will update weekly. 

Gallup and Argo Boat Reservations​ required due to pandemic. 

Schedule 2021

April 17-April 30 is NOT AVAILABLE 

  • Weekends, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from the Gallup Livery
  • Weekdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. from the Gallup Livery​​

​​May 1-May 28

  • Weekends, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from the Argo Livery
  • Weekdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. from the Gallup Livery

​​May 29-September 6

  • Every day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from the Argo Livery
Boat Fee

  • $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

Gallup and Argo Boat Reservations​ required due to pandemic​


May 1-May 28

  • Weekends, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. from the Gallup Livery

May 29-September 6

  • Every day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. from the Gallup Livery

Boat Fees

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

Stillwater Paddles (no current) - OPEN

Gallup and Argo Boat Reservations​​​ required due to pandemic​​


April 17-April 30 is OPEN

  • ​Weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Gallup Livery
  • Weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Gallup Livery 

​​​May 1-May 28

  • ​Weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Argo and Gallup Livery
  • Weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Gallup Livery​

May 29-September 6

  • Every day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Argo and Gallup Livery

Boat Fees

​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
​1 hour
4-person Paddleboat
​1 hour
​Stand-up Paddleboard
​2 hours

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​Tube the River

  • ​​Tube webpage​ for tubing the river with your own tube.
  • At this time we are not planning on renting tubes due to the pandemic. Check back later for updates. 

​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

  • 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.​

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 [email protected] 

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

Argo Park ​Livery

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

Opens May 1: Weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Go to Gallup for boat rentals when Argo is closed.

Gallup Park Livery 

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

Opens April 17: Weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Weekdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Weather dependent. The Gallup office is staffed year round.