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Two River Trips (river current)

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


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
Fall schedule to close ​October ​18​​

Boat Fees 

  • $27/2-person kayak
  • $21/1-person kayak
  • $27/2-person canoe, 3rd adult +$10, if small children can fit 4 people
  • $72/5-person raft, can fit 6 people if child​

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


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., every 1/2 hour 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. 

Boat Fees

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

Stillwater Paddles (no current)


​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
Fall schedule until close October 18.

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

​2 hours

Counter Map 2016v2.jpg​​Tube the Huron River

​Parking at Argo and Gallup​ Parks

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


​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.​​​
  • ​No reservations for we have over 500 boats available to rent.
  • Van transportation upriver is provided and included.
  • 5-person rafts are only available for the 3.7 mile trip and paddle through the rapids.​ Rafts are not available when the river is low. 
  • ​The 2.5 hour river trip launches upstream which adds 2-mile Argo Pond on to the 1.5 hour river trip.​
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to river trip time for you must complete registration 5 minutes prior to van departure.
  • River trip boats must be returned to the Gallup Livery one hour prior to closing - 6 p.m. in spring/fall, 7 p.m. in summer.
  • The 1.5 hour river trip maximum time is 3 hours and the 2.5 hour river trip maximum time is 4 hours from the start of your boat rental.​
  • Van rides are available for people who have their own boats or tubes, no boats or inflated tubes just people, for $10/person during our regular hours.
  • Nice weather summer weekend afternoons are busy at Argo and Gallup so arrive early to avoid the crowds. 
  • Argo may stop river trip rentals before 4 p.m. due to the length of line or being out of kayaks. 
  • Everyone in your group must be present and have completed the forms before we can reserve your spot on a river trip.

​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, tubes 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

  • ​​​​We accept all credit cards, cash or checks as payment.
  • One person in your group is required to fill out a rental agreement and leave a deposit of car keys or driver's license.​
  • Season passes for sale $400/year, good for one boat, river trip or stillwater, per day, all season.
  • 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).​
  • Late fees: The City will charge double the rental rate per watercraft for equipment that is not returned to the livery by closing time.

Group Boat Rentals

Bring 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 only available on weekdays and for groups of 15 or more people. 
  • We have over 500 rental boats so large groups can be accom​modated. We generally have boats available even on busy weekends.
  • The 3.7 mile Argo to Gallup trip is best for large groups with more boat choices and vans available for this trip. 
  • Stillwater paddling is perfect for novice paddlers and young children.
  • While we don't take weekend reservations, we suggest you plan to arrive prior to 11 a.m. to avoid the weekend crowds.
  • Carpool for parking is limited. 

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 

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

Canoe & Kayak 

Argo Park 1055 Longshore Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6241

Gallup Park 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6240 

Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor

Opening date TBD.