River Adventures in Ann Arbor
To read a quick glance view of the 2021 programs and offerings at the Ann Arbor canoe liveries, download and print this PDF file.
River trips open for the season on May 1.
Open now - paddling in 2.5-mile Gallup Pond with kayaks, canoes and paddleboats available to rent every day.
- Reservations are required for all boat rentals prior to day of.
- Day of reservations can be called in and if there is space we will make your reservation over the phone.
- Pond paddles in 2.5-mile Gallup Pond available every day.
- Boats available to rent are canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and rafts.
- Gallup Livery opens April 17 and will be open for boat reservations every day weather dependent.
- Argo Livery opens May 1 for weekends only in May.
Boat Rentals - Reservations required
Argo Park Livery and Gallup Park Livery
- 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.
- 3.7-mile, 1.5-hour river trip Argo to Gallup
- 5.7-mile, 2.5-hour river trip Barton to Gallup
- Two boat rental locations on the Huron River in Ann Arbor.
- Both offer lake-like paddling and river trips down the current of the Huron River in Ann Arbor.
- Tube down the Argo Cascades and the Huron River. with your own tube.
- At this time, we are not planning on renting tubes due to the pandemic. Check back later for possible summer rental information.
Register for 2021 river programs. River camps are full at this time.
River Camps & Programs Summer Camps, Boat Auctions 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.
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 face masks when around people
- In our vans you are only with your group and face masks are required
- Face masks are required outdoors around the facilities 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. An accidental swallow of river or lake water is not a health 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