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R​iver Programs Summer 2023

River Camps & Programs​​​ 

​For a full list of Camps, Programs, and Special events please visit the online system. (Registration will open 4/5/2023 at 8:00 am) ​​

To register visit the online system for convenient access and payments. ​​

Paddle the River in Ann Arbor - Closed for the Season​

​Two locations ​​​​​​Argo Park ​​​and Gallup Park

​Two river trips - current and transportation

Two lake like sections of river - No current

Tube the River

  • Tubing at the Argo Livery - Closed for the season​

Stillwater Paddles (no current) 

No reservations, just come down to the liveries and paddle a boat where the river is a calm lake in 2.5-mile Gallup Park. We have over 500 boats  available to rent.  Leave and come back to the same dock and no van transportation needed. Perfect for novice paddlers!


  • Closed for the season

*Last boat rental is 2 hours prior to close.  When we close at 7 p.m., the last rental is at 5 p.m. with all boats due back by 7 p.m.

Stillwater Boat Rental Fees

​Argo and Gallup
​$17/Kayak - 2 hours
​Argo and Gallup
​$22/Kayak - 2 hours
​2 to 4-person Canoe​
​Argo and Gallup
​$22/Canoe - 2 hours
​3-person Paddleboat
​$14/Boat - 1 hour
4-person Paddleboat
​$20/boat - 1 hour
​Stand-up Paddleboard
​$23/boat​ - 2 hours


River Trips (current)

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

Paddle down the Argo Cascades and on down the beautiful Huron River in Ann Arbor.  

  • No reservations for we have 100's of kayaks and canoes! 
  • ​In the spring you choose if you want to be dropped off above or below the cascade rapids depending on if you want to get wet. 
  • Groups of +25 people please call 734.794.6240. ​


  • Closed for the season

*​​Boats due at Gallup 1-hour prior to close​

Barton to Gallup River Trip - 5.7-mile, 2.5-hour

​Starts at Gallup with a van ride upriver to Barton. Paddle 2-mile Argo Pond,  through the cascades, and on down the river ending back at Gallup.

  • ​Reservations required online prior to day of or call the day of to check for availability.​


  • Closed for the season

River Trip Boat Rental Fees


​Argo to Gallup Trip
3.7-Mile, 1.5-Hours
​Barton to Gallup Trip
5.7-Mile, 2.5-Hours
​1-Person Kayak
​2-Person Canoe
(3-4 Person if children)
​5-Person Raft
(6 Person if children)
Tube the River 

Tube the River details, rentals, personal tubes, parking and river map.

  • ​​Rental tubes at the Argo Livery - Closed for the season
    • Tube rentals up to 2-hours prior to closing
    • $10/person for a 2-hour rental
    • 1 person per tube and must be 8 years of age or older.
    • Shoes, no flip flops, are required.
    • Water shoes are for sale at the Argo Livery for $18
    • Tube down the Argo Cascade rapids and walk back up to repeat 2 or 3 times in your 2-hour rental
    • Rental tubes are required to stay in the Argo Cascades and tubes are returned to the Argo Livery
  • Argo Livery has tubes for purchase
  • Have your own tube? ​Tube the River​

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Parking at Argo and Gallup​ Parks

  • Parking on weekends/holidays at Gallup Park - Park at Huron High School or Furstenberg parking pdf.
  • Parking on weekends/holidays at Argo Park - Park Argo Parking (pdf) at the Kellogg Eye Center 900 Wall Street


​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

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, and stickers
  • Gallup Livery sells cold drinks, coffee, chips, candy, granola bars, ice cream, sunscreen, eyeglass cords, dry bags, t-shirts, hats and stickers

​​​​​Boat Rental Policies

  • Lifejackets are required and provided with all boat rentals
  • Children must be age 1 years old or older to be in our boats.​
  • Dogs are welcome in all boats except in rafts and tubes
  • Boats available for the river trip depend on the water level
    • ​No canoes or rafts in low water conditions
  • Gallup Livery offers van transportation for $10/person, no inflated tubes and no boats, just people
  • Face masks are required to be worn in our vans​
  • ​​​​We take cash, all types of credit cards and checks for payment
  • One person in your group is required to fill out a rental agreement and leave a deposit of car keys or State issued I.D. 
  • All boaters are required to sign a Risk Waiver. A parent or guardian must sign for children younger than 16 years old
  • Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older)
  • We do not rent paddles, to people who have not rented our boats
  • Late fees: The City will charge double the rental rate per watercraft for equipment that is not returned to the livery by closing time

​Universal Accessible Boat Launches 

G​r​oup Boat Rentals​

Outdoors, teamwork, and fun on the beautiful Huron River in Ann Arbor! Boat rentals for all skill levels​ and all sizes of groups. We do not offer discount boat fees for groups. Contact Joe Anderson 734.794.6240 or [email protected] for further information and to set up a reservation.

  • Groups <25 people 
    • No reservations needed for the 1.5-hour river trip or stillwater paddling
    • Reserve online Boat Reservations for the 2.5-hour river trip
  • Groups >25 people - Call the Gallup Office 734.794.6240
    • ​We can accommodate​ large groups! 
    • Weekdays are less crowded so best for large groups
    • Weekends before noon are also less crowded
    • Stillwater paddles or the 1.5-hour river trip are available for large groups.

​School Groups

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 Joe Anderson 734.794.6240 or [email protected] 

  • Discounted boat rentals for school groups on spring/fall weekdays​
  • Livery staff are available to paddle the river with your group
  • Have adults print and sign Risk Waiver prior to youth group trips




Gallup Park Livery 

3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6240

Joe Anderson, Recreation Supervisor [email protected] 

Boat rentals are closed for the season. Gallup Park Riverview Room is available to rent, and the Gallup Park office is staffed, all year.

Argo Park Livery​

1055 Longshore Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6241

Joe Anderson, Recreation Supervisor [email protected]   

Closed for the season.