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​Paddle a boat down the river or in a pond!

Stillwater paddle at Argo or Gallup (no current)

​Two-mile sections of the Huron River where the river is more like a calm lake. No reservations for we always have boats available to rent. 

  • Boat rentals every day anytime between 9 a.​m. and 6 p.m. 
  • Boat rental fees:  
    • $22/canoe or double kayak
    • $17/single kayak
    • $10/kid kayak (Gallup only)
    • $14/3-person paddleboat (Gallup only)
    • $23/stand-up paddleboard (Argo only)

River trips down the Huron River (current)

Reservations times required for the river trips.  Two lengths of river trips down the Huron River and Argo Cascades​ right in Ann Arbor. 

  • 3.7-mile, 1.5-hour Argo to Gallup​ River Trip
    • Starts at the Argo Livery with a van ride back at the end.
    • Available every day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Boat rental fees:
      • ​$30/double kayak
      • $24/single kayak
      • $30/canoe - NA in low water
      • $72/5-person raft - NA in low water
  • 5.7-mile, 2.5-hour Barton to Gallup​ River Trip
    • Starts at the Gallup Livery with a van ride up to Barton
    • Available every day, on the hour every hour, between 9 a.m.  and 1 p.m.
    • Boat rental fees:
      • ​$35​​/double kayak
      • $29/single kayak

Boats, Boats, Boats

Details, Policies, River Maps and FAQs​

Reservation Times to Rent Boats

Reservation time slots are required for the river trips

  • Reservations are required for the 3.7-mile and 5.7-mile river trips.
  • Prior to day of reserve online. 
  • On the day of you can call in to check if times are available.  Weekdays there is usually plenty of times available.
  • You are reserving a time slot for your group of up to 7 people and you select and rent your boats when you arrive at the livery. 
  • We have 100's of one and two person kayaks available to rent!

​Two Locations to Rent Boats

​​​​Argo Park Livery

  • ​3.7-mile, 1.5 hour, Argo to Gallup river trip
  • Paddling in 2-mile Argo Pond with canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards available to rent
  • Tubing in the Argo Cascades​​​

Gallup Park Livery​

  • 5.7-mile, 2.5 hour, Barton to Gallup river trip
  • Paddling in 2.5-mile Gallup Pond with canoes, kayaks and paddleboats available to rent​​​


River Programs

  • Register​ for 2021 river programs. 
  • River Camps & Programs ​ Kayak & SUP instructions, Huron River Day Every Day and River Kids for preschoolers are some of our many fun river programs.  ​New this year are Kayaking for Seniors and Adapted Kayaking. 

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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 river trips
  • Cleaning equipment between use
  • Disinfection of communal surfaces
  • Hand-sanitizer throughout our facilities
  • All required to wear face masks while riding in our vans
  • Physical distancing in the queues and on the docks when possible
  • Outdoor operations
  • Self-launching docks

​Can people bathe and swim in water containing PFAS?

T​he 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. An accidental swallow of river or lake water is not a heal​th concern and it’s best to rinse off foam, including family pets, after contact and bathe or shower after the day’s outdoor activities. ​  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 [email protected]

May 29-Sept. 6: Every day 9 a.m.-8 p.m., last river trip noon, last boat rental 6 p.m.

Argo Park Livery​

1055 Longshore Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6241
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor [email protected]

May 29-Sept. 6: Every day 9 a.m.-8 p.m., last river trip 4 p.m., last boat rental 6 p.m.