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​​Boat rentals on the Huron River in Ann Arbor​!

​​​Kayak the 3.7-mile river trip or canoe, kayak or paddleboat in 2.5-mile Gallup Pond.  Last day October 24.​

Stillwater boats (no current) - no reservations

​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 anytime between 10 a.​m. and 5 p.m.  on weekends and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Go to the Gallup Livery for the Argo Livery is now closed for the season.
  • Boat rental fees:  
    • $22/canoe or double kayak
    • $17/single kayak
    • $10/kid kayak 
    • $14/3-person paddleboat 
    • $23/stand-up paddleboard 

River trips down the Huron River (current) - reservations​ required

​Reservations are required for the river trips for paddling on a day in the future Reservation times

Want to do a river trip today? On weekdays we have openings so give us a call and reserve a time slot over the phone. On weekends we tend to be full but you are welcome to call and check if there is space available.

3.7-mile, 1.5-hour Argo to Gallup​ River Trip

Starts at the Gallup Livery after Labor Day until we close October 24. Paddle kayaks or rafts down the Argo Cascade rapids and on down the beautiful Huron River in Ann Arbor.​


  • ​​September 9-October 24: starts at the Gallup Livery
    • Weekends every 1/2 hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays on the hour every hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Boat rental fees:

    • ​​​$30/double kayak
    • $24/single kayak
    • $30/canoe

Boats, Boats, Boats

Details, Policies, River Maps and FAQs​​​

​Two Locations to Rent Boats

​​​​Argo Park Livery - Closed for the season, go to Gallup

  • ​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​ - Open until October 24

  • 3.7-mile, 1.5 hour, Argo to Gallup river trip is offered from the Gallup location when the Argo Livery is closed
  • Paddling in 2.5-mile Gallup Pond with canoes, kayaks and paddleboats available to rent​​​

Tubing - Tube rentals are closed for the season

R​iver Programs

  • ​Trick or Treat Paddle 2021 is cancelled. Unfortunately, after evaluating staff availability and operational capacities, we have decided to cancel the Trick Or Treat paddle normally held at Gallup Park.  Staff look forward to hopefully hosting this event in 2022.
  • Register​ for 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​.​

Gallup Park Livery 

3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6240
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor [email protected]

Sept. 7-Oct. 24: 

Weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays 11 a.m.-7 p.m.​, (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Argo Park Livery​

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

Sept. 7-Oct. 24: Argo is closed for the season. Go to Gallup for all boat rentals and the river trips.​