Fun and Instructional River Based Programs
2020 River Camps are Full
Our popular river camps teach kids how to explore and love their natural world all from the seat of a boat!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. As the river theme and activities repeat throughout the summer, we recommend that participants register for no more than two weeks of camp each summer.
If you need to cancel your child's registration, please note that the following refund policy applies to all day camp registrations: Refunds must be requested by email firstname.lastname@example.org and are subject to a $10.00 service fee. If a refund request is made 46 days or more prior to the start of your day camp session 100% of your class fee will be refunded, 30 to 45 days prior 50% of your class fee will be refunded, 15-29 days prior 25% of your class fee will be refunded, 14 days prior 0% will be refunded. If necessary, full refunds will be issued due to COVID-19 precautions.
Gallup River Camp: Completed 2nd-5th Grades
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. On Wednesdays we go for a swim in Fuller Pool. 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 Park Livery.
Camp Fees: resident, $260; nonresident, $320
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.; $55
Gallup River Camp - Completed 2nd-5th Grades: June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29-July 2 (no camp July 3), July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7, August 10-14, August 17-21, August 24-28
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 Argo Park.
Camp Fees: resident $260; nonresident $320
Camp Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Argo River Camp – Completed 6th-8th Grades: June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29-July 2 (no camp July 3), July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7, August 10-14, August 17-21
Argo River Camp Just for Girls - Completed 6th-8th Grades: July 6-10
River Kids – Gallup Park for Ages 2-7
Fun river programs for children ages 2-7 years w/caregiver. 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.Each session is once per week for four weeks. Preregistration is required. Resident, $70; nonresident, $84 per child/month.
May River Kid Sessions:
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
June River Kids Sessions:
Mondays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10-11:30 a.m.
July River Kid Sessions:
Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10-11:30 a.m.
August River Kid Sessions:
Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10-11:30 a.m.
River Programs for All Ages
Canoe and Kayak Auction - Gallup Park
May 9, noon at the Gallup Canoe Livery. This public auction of used and damaged boats features aluminum canoes and rowboats and two-person and one-person kayaks.
40th Annual Huron River Day Festival - Gallup Park
May 17, 12-4 p.m. Come celebrate the wonderful Huron River! Free and fun festival activities include children's activities, live animal programs, river exhibits, live music, dancing, 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.
Recreational Kayak Instruction – Gallup Park
June 9, July 7 or August 4, 5:30-7:30 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 Park
June 14, 10:00-11:00 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 to fish!
Night Paddles - Gallup Park
June 19, July 10, July 31, or August 21, 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 Trip with a Guide – Argo Park
June 23 or July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $21/one-person kayak, $27/two-person kayak, pre-registration required. Paddle the 1.5 hour, 3.7 mile, Argo to Gallup river trip and Argo Cascades on a summer evening with a staff person guiding the way.
Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Instruction – Argo Park
June 25 or July 16, 5:30-7:30 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.
River Women - Argo Park
July 23, July 30 and August 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., $75/person/a three 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: We will use our new boating skills to kayak down the Argo Cascades and the river.