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Argo Canoe Livery

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Boat Launch Canoe/Kayak Rental Canoeing/Kayaking Drinking Fountain Fishing Fishing Dock Grills Natural Area Nature Trails - Unpaved Parking Paved Multi-Use Trail (Non-Motorized) Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Restrooms Tubing
​​​​​​​​​​Argo Canoe Livery
1055 Longshore Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734.794.6241
csaam@a2gov.org
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor

Canoe Livery Schedule

Gallup Livery: April 21-May 25 open every day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weather dependent.

Argo Livery: April 28-May 25 weekends only, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  After Memorial Day every day 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

The Argo Livery is located at the Argo Cascades and features canoes, one-person kayaks, two-person kayaks, five-person rafts, tubes, and stand-up paddleboard rentals.  Also offered are concessions, river merchandise, and river themed programs. We accept credit cards, cash and checks for payment. Dogs are welcome. Come paddle with us for a fun river trip enjoying outdoor adventures with friends and family!

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The Gallup Canoe Livery is our downstream location and offers different trips, programs and boats.

Register now for a spring or summer program. River Program details listed below and in the Parks & Recreation Summer Guide.

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Stillwater Paddles

Paddle a boat in 2-mile Argo Pond where there is little or no current. Great for beginners and families. No van ride needed; just jump in a boat and go! Last boat rented is 5 p.m. and all boats returned by 7 p.m.   

​Boat​TimeCost
​1-person Kayak ​2 hours​$15/boat
​Canoe and 2-person Kayak ​2 hours​$20/boat
​Stand-up Paddleboard​2 hour​$21/boat

River Trips - Closed due to high water

We will update the website when the river level has come down enough to allow river trips. River trips paddle down the river current and we provide a van shuttle upriver. We offer two river trips both of which paddle through the Argo Cascades and on down the Huron River through the city of Ann Arbor. Click below for river trip details!

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Rent a Tube

Float down the Argo Cascades, walk back to the top and repeat the fun! One-person per tube, ages 8 years and above. Shoes required (no flip flops). No coolers. Tubes are just for use in the cascades and do not go down the river to Gallup Park. People average three to four tube rides down the cascades in a two-hour rental. No van transportation provided for tube rentals or personal tubes. Lockers are available for personal belongings. 

Tube Rental Fee:  $10/tube, 2-hours

River and Boat Details

Have Your Own Tube?

Tube the river details on routes to take, where to park and a map of the river. 

Parking at Argo on Weekends

Argo Canoe Livery is busy on nice weather weekends and parking is limited, please carpool, bus or walk! We've improved parking options by adding offsite Argo parking on busy summer weekends and holidays at the Argo Livery. 

Boat Rentals

  • No reservations except for groups of 15 or more can make weekday reservations by calling the Gallup Livery office at 734.794.6240.
  • 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, no glass bottles.
  • 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.
  • Dogs are welcome!
  • Swimming, diving and jumping from watercraft are prohibited.
  • 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.
  • Concessions and river related items for sale are: hot and cold beverages, chips, candy, water shoes, dry bags/containers, hats, t-shirts, sunglasses, eye glass cords, sunscreen, stickers, nets, fishing poles, worms, trail maps and more.
  • Late fee: The City will charge double the rental rate per watercraft for equipment that is not returned to the livery by closing time.

Canoe Livery Season Pass

Season passes are availalbe for $400. Good for one boat rental, river trip or stillwater paddle, per day. Rafts excluded. Passes available at the Gallup Canoe Livery.

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!

Planning Group Boating Events

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 the Gallup Livery at 734.794.6240 for details.

  • Group boat reservations are available on weekdays only and for groups of 15 or more people. No discount fees for group boat rentals.
  • 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!

Argo & Gallup Park Programs

2018 program registration begins Februray 5. To register online visit Rec 1 Registration System, more information: call Gallup Park 734.794.6240.  We offer many fun river events and programs such as river day camps, night paddles, kayak instruction and SUP classes. Camp and program registration begins Feb. 5, 2018. Register online or if have questions call Gallup Park 734.794.6240.

Argo & Gallup Park River Camps

Gallup River Camp: Completed 1st-5th Grades - All Gallup River Camp sessions are FULL

Explore the Huron River with boats and fishing for a week filled with learning, adventure, and fun!  Experience perfect summer days as we kayak, canoe, paddleboat, fish, cookout, art, and play in wonderful Gallup Park.  The two camps have similar river curriculum with the River Explorers paddling boats every day and rafting down the cascades and River Adventures paddling a bit further every day and kayaking down the cascades. All ages explore Island Park and swim at the pool on Wednesdays.

Camp Fees:  resident, $225; nonresident, $275

Camp Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Extended Camp: 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.; $50

Gallup River Camp Explore - Completed 1st-5th Grades:  

June 18-22, July 2-6 (4 days), July 16-20, Jul 30-Aug 3, Aug 13-17, Aug 27-31

Gallup River Camp Adventure – Completed 3rd-5th Grades:                                                             

June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug 6-10, Aug 20-24

Argo River Camp: Completed 6th-8th Grades

Friends and fun on the coolest river around! Join us as we journey out each day paddling our boats down different sections of the beautiful Huron River. Our many explorations include kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, tubing, rafting, fishing, geocaching, disc golf and a bonfire lunch. Argo River Camp is based out of a cabin and pavilion at the Argo Livery.

Camp Fees: resident $225; nonresident $275

Camp Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Argo River Camp – Completed 6th/7th/8th Grades:

June 18-22, June 25-29, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug 3, Aug 6-10, Aug 13-17, Aug 20-24

Argo River Camp Just for Girls – Completed 6th/7th/8th Grades:

July 9-13

Argo and Gallup Park River Programs

River Kids – A Preschool Program in Gallup Park 

Fun river programs for children ages 2-6 years w/caregiver.  Each session is once per week for four weeks. Preregistration is required. Resident, $70; nonresident, $84 per child/month. Each week you and your little one will explore the river world by paddling a kayak, canoe or paddleboat on Gallup Pond. The children will experience the thrill of catching fish off the dock and discovering our river critters with boats, stories, art and play.

May River Kid Sessions:

Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Thursdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10-11:30 a.m.

June River Kids Sessions:

Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 from 10-11:30 a.m.

July River Kid Sessions:

Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2 from 10-11:30 a.m.

August River Kid Sessions:

Mondays, August 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, August 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Thursdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Canoe and Kayak Auction - Gallup Livery

Saturday, May 5, noon at the Gallup Canoe Livery.  This public auction of used and damaged boats features Michicraft aluminum canoes, Tributary Tomcat two-person inflatable kayaks, and Tribe two-person and one-person kayaks.

38th Annual Huron River Day Festival - Gallup Park

Sunday, May 20, 1-5 p.m., free, NEW date! Come celebrate the wonderful Huron River! Fun festival activities include $5 canoe/kayak rentals, children's activities, live animal programs, river exhibits, live music, food trucks, fishing, stand up paddle boarding and much more. Ride your bike and receive a coupon for a free boat rental. Sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation.

Recreational Kayak I – Gallup Livery

Tuesday, June 5, June 26 or July 17, 5:30-8 p.m., $35/person/one session course, ages 13 and up, preregistration required.  A kayak class will get you off to a great start on your river adventures. Learn basic strokes, techniques and safety before heading out to explore Gallup Pond. We provide the instruction, kayaks, paddles and lifejackets.

Red Fish Blue Fish Teach Kids to Fish - Gallup Livery

Sunday, June 10, 9:30-11 a.m., $5/child, all ages welcome with an adult, preregistration required. Join us for our State's Free Fishing Weekend. Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing with more than 36,350 miles of rivers and streams. Fishing poles, bait and instruction are provided, bring your family/friends and fish!

Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) – Argo Livery

Tuesday, June 19, July 10, or July 31, 5:30-8 p.m., $35/person/one session course, ages 13 and up, preregistration required.  Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is fun, easy to learn and is a great workout out on beautiful Argo Pond. We provide the instruction, boards, paddles, and lifejackets. 

Night Paddles - Gallup Livery

Friday, June 22, July 27, or August 17, 8:30-10:30 p.m. $15/one-person kayak, $20/two-person kayak or canoe, pre-registration required, limited space. As the sun sets and the moon rises, venture out to paddle a canoe or kayak in the night!  Watch for wildlife as you paddle your boat on the two-mile Gallup Pond section of the Huron River.

River Women - Argo Livery

Thursday, July 19, July 26, August 2 and August 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., $100/person/a four session course, ages 13 and up, preregistration required. Come explore the Huron River in this ladies-only boating adventure! Each of the four sessions will allow you to try out a different boat while having fun on the river.  1st session: Kayak on the pond learning basic strokes and maneuvers.  2nd session: Try out stand up paddle boarding (SUP) to see the water in a whole new way. 3rd session: Learn basic canoeing strokes and work with others to paddle. 4th session: We will use our new boating skills to kayak down the Argo Cascades and the river.