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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​River adventures in Ann Arbor!


Boat Rentals ​​

  • Stillwater paddle a kayak, canoe, paddleboat or SUP
    • ​2-mile Argo and Gallup Ponds where the river is a calm lake.
  • River trips down the current in a kayak or raft - Reservations required due to the pandemic
    • 3.7-mile, 1.5-hour river trip Argo to Gallup​
    • 5.7-mile, 2.5-hour river trip Barton to Gallup
Argo Park Livery​ and Gallup Park Livery​
  • ​​​​​Two boat rental locations on the Huron River in Ann Arbor. 
  • Both offer lake-like paddling and river trips down the Huron River current in the city of Ann Arbor. 


  • Tube down the Argo Cascades and the Huron River.

River Camps and Programs​​​

  • 2021 Summer Camp Update
    City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Services has been working hard as we determine what our in-person river day camps can look like during the summer of 2021. The safety of campers and staff are our top priority, and our state-licensed camps will abide by CDC guidelines, governmental recommendations and regulations. Staff are working with the State of Michigan and Washtenaw County to best understand the regulations. Our camp professionals are currently working on the planning and implementation of providing safe and engaging camp experiences. We are looking forward to offering our camps again this summer. We are aiming to have camp registration dates and details available on our camp webpage March 1st.​

  • River Camps & Programs - Boat Auction, Summer Camps, Kayak & SUP instructions, Huron River Day Every Day and River Kids for preschoolers are some of our many fun river programs. 

  • Register​ for 2021 programs. We are planning to open registration for summer programs March 15. 

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The City of Ann Arbor COVID precautions 

There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our guests and staff. We are following best practice operating and safety procedures to ensure adherence to CDC guidelines:

  • ​Reservations required for renting boats to minimize lines
  • Sanitation of equipment between every use
  • Disinfection of communal surfaces
  • Hand-sanitizer throughout our facilities
  • Trained staff and staff wear facemasks when around people
  • In our vans you are only with your group and face masks are required
  • Face masks are required outdoors around the facilites throughout the rental process until you are in your boat on the river
  • Physical distancing in the queues and on the docks
  • Outdoor operations
  • Self-launching docks

​Can people bathe and swim in water containing PFAS?

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services MDHHS has issued a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory for the Huron River and advises people and their pets to avoid foam on the Huron River. Foam can have much higher amounts of PFAS than the water, and swallowing foam with PFAS could be a health risk. Swimming or bathing in water containing PFAS is not a health concern because the amount of PFAS is typically low compared to the foam. Although swallowing PFAS is the main way to get it in your body, an accidental swallow of river or lake water is not a health concern. Although, current science indicates PFAS does not move easily through the skin, it’s best to rinse off foam, including family pets, after contact and bathe or shower after the day’s outdoor activities. The City of Ann Arbor has installed hand-rinsing stations in close proximity to the city’s canoe liveries. These will be in addition to hand-washing facilities available in public restrooms at the liveries.  Visit the PFAS webpage for additional information​.​

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​Gallup Park Livery 

3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6240
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor

Opens April 17: Weekdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Argo Park Livery​

1055 Longshore Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6241
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor

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