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​​​​​​​​​​​2022 River Program ​Registration 

Preregistration is required for all river programs unless otherwise noted.​​​

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River Summer Camps

The river camps are licensed by the State and we have experienced instructors that understand the safety of on-water activities while balancing the importance of outdoor fun and adventure. Our popular river camps teach kids how to explore and love their natural world all from the seat of a boat! As the river theme and activities repeat throughout the summer, a child may only register for one week each summer.

Gallup River Camp: Completed 2nd-5th Grades ​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, raft, tube, stand up paddle board, fish, and play in our wonderful river parks.  Gallup campers paddle boats up and down the river learning new skills and enjoying the great outdoors. The Gallup River Camp is based out of the Gallup Park Meeting Room adjacent to the Gallup Livery.

Camp Fees:  resident, $292; nonresident, $360

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Gallup River Camp Schedule: June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 5-8 (no camp July 4), July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29, Aug 1-5, Aug 8-12, Aug 15-19, Aug 22-26

Argo River Camp: Completed 6th-8th Grades are FULL

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, and disc golfing. Argo River Camp is based out of a cabin and pavilion at the Argo Livery.

Camp Fees: resident $244; nonresident $300

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Argo River Camp: June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 5-8 (no camp July 4), July 18-22 July 25-29, Aug 1-5, Aug 8-12, Aug 15-19
Argo River Camp Just for Girls: July 11-15​​

​River Programs

River Kids – Gallup Livery for ages 2-6  

Fun river programs for children ages 2-6 years with a 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(s) 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 Kids Session:
Tuesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31, 5:30-7 p.m.
June River Kids Sessions:  
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30, 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
July River Kid Sessions:
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
August River Kid Sessions:
Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
September River Kid Session:
Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 5:30-7 p.m.

Canoe and Kayak Auction - Gallup Livery

Saturday, May 7 at noon.  No preregistration. This public auction of used and damaged boats features aluminum canoes, rowboat, SUPs, two-person kayaks and one-person kayaks. We estimate that we will have 5 canoes, 1 rowboat and 25 kayaks for sale and prices generally range from $50 to $150 per boat. Boats will be available to view 30 minutes prior to the auction.

41st Huron River Day Every Day

Sunday, May 15, 12-4 p.m. www.a2gov.org/HRD Come celebrate the wonderful Huron River! Free and fun festival activities include children's activities, live animal programs, river exhibits, live music, fishing, stand up paddle boarding and much more. Boat rentals are discounted to $5/boat! Food trucks will be offering a variety of snacks and meals. Ride your bike and receive a coupon for a free boat rental. Sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation.  No preregistration. 

Recreational Kayak Instruction – Gallup Livery

Mondays, June 6, June 27 or July 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $35/person/one-session course, ages 13 and up.  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.

Kayak Instruction Level 2 – Argo Livery

Monday, July 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $35/person/one-session course, ages 13 and up.  Have you learned the basics but want to know more? This course is a follow up to our Recreational Kayak Instruction class and will cover river hazards, self-rescue, assisted rescue, and more. Recreational Kayak instruction is recommended prior to taking this class. We provide the instruction, kayaks, paddles and lifejackets.   

​Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) Instruction – Argo Livery

Tuesdays, June 14, June 28, or July 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $35/person/one-session course, ages 13 and up. 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. ​

Kayaking for Seniors - Gallup Livery

Kayaking for Seniors allows participants over 50 to kayak on the beautiful Huron River, accompanied by trained support staff. Participants are fitted to a kayak, including minor adaptations if needed, given basic kayaking instruction, and along with trained guides set out for a practice session on the river. We have easy kayak launch docks making it simple to enter and exit the kayaks. Kayaks, single or tandem, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Each session is two classes. Course Fee: $65/person
Session 01: Wednesdays, June 15 and June 22, 9-11 a.m.
Session 02: Wednesdays, June 15 and June 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session 03: Wednesdays, July 13 and July 20, 9-11 a.m.
Session 04: Wednesdays, July 13 and July 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session 05: Wednesdays, August 3 and August 10, 9-11 a.m.
Session 06: Wednesdays, August 3 and August 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.​

River Women - Argo Livery

Thursdays, July 21, July 28 and August 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $75/person/three-session course, ages 13 and up. Explore the Huron River in this ladies-only boating adventure. In each of the three sessions we will try out different types of boats all 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: Use your new boating skills to kayak the Argo Cascades and on down the river.​

Adapted Kayaking – Gallup Livery

The Adaptive Kayaking program allows participants with a disability to learn how to kayak and to spend time kayaking on the beautiful Huron River, accompanied by trained support staff and led by a trained, certified instructor. Participants are fitted to a kayak, including time for any adaptations needed, given kayaking instruction, and along with trained guides at a 2 to 1 ratio, try out their new skills on the river. If a participant is unable to kayak independently, they can still participate in one of our tandem kayaks. Each session is made up of two private classes, family and friends are welcome to participate. Participants can schedule lessons at either our Gallup or Argo locations. Please contact us if you would like to schedule private lessons. Contact: Gallup Canoe Livery, 734.794.6240, Cheryl Saam, [email protected]. Fee vary depending on number of classes and hours spent on the river. ​

Private Kayaking Lessons

Kayaking has become an increasingly popular sport, and 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 to refine what you've learned. We provide the instruction, kayaks, paddles and lifej​ackets. Please call to schedule your private lesson.  Contact: Gallup Canoe Livery, 734.794.6240, Cheryl Saam, [email protected]. Fees vary depending on number of classes and hours spent on the river.​

Gallup Park Livery, 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6240 

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

Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor [email protected]