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​​Tube Rentals at Argo

​​​​Schedule and Fees

  • ​Every day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Tubes due back by 8 p.m. when we close
  • $10/tube for a 2-hour rental​

​Tube Policies and Details

  • 1-person per tube
  • Must be 8 years old or older
  • Shoes, no flip flops, are required (Argo sells water shoes for $15)
  • Rental tubes stay in the Argo Cascades and are returned at the Argo Livery
  • ​​Tube down the cascade rapids and walk back up on the adjacent trail to repeat 2-4 times in your 2-hour rental
  • No transportation provided for tubes​

Have Own Tube?

Start at Argo Park and Tube the Argo Cascades and the Huron River

  • ​Tube the cascades and a short distance down the river and walk back up adjacent paved trail.
  • Tube one of the routes below and park a car, bike or be picked up where you would like to end.

Tube Routes

  • Island Park​ - 1 mile, 1-2 hour float to Island Park boat landing with an easy walk back​ up on adjacent paved trail​​
  • UM Arboretum - 2 mile​, 2-3 hour float, walk out to Mitchell Field where parking is available and free on weekends and evenings. 
  • Furstenburg Park - 3 mile, 3-4 hour float, exit the river on the left, or north side of river, near an old log dock and walk out to the Furstenburg parking lot where you provide your own transportation back.
  • Gallup Park - 3.7 mile, 4-5 hour float. Caution - there is no current for the last mile of this trip so it is difficult to paddle your tube on this section. 
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​Parking Near the River

​Weekends 

  • Park at 900 Wall St. in the University of Michigan Eye Center parking lot on weekends. Walk aross Plymouth Rd. at traffic light near the river and follow the trail up to the Argo Cascades.
  • Park second car or bike at Island Park, Mitchell Field or Furstenburg Park depending on how far you want to go down the river. 
  • Parking in Argo Park or Gallup Park is full on nice weather weekends so plan on parking in the Wall St. lot and end your tube float at parks upriver from Gallup Park. 

Weekdays

  • Parking is usually available in one of the Argo Livery parking lots on weekdays. 
  • Park at Island Park or Furstenburg Park.
  • Parking is not allowed at University of Michigan Eye Center or University of Michigan Mitchell Field ​on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.​​​​

Tips for Tubing

  • If you want to float the river from Argo to Gallup rent a kayak, raft or canoe for there is ​​​little or no current the last mile to Gallup.  This river section is much more enjoyable with a paddle and the transportation upriver is provided with your boat rental.
  • There is an air compressor, free of charge, adjacent to the Argo Livery restrooms 
  • Lockers are available to rent at Argo for $.50 for personal belongings.
  • The Argo Livery does not loan or rent paddles for tubes. Lifejackets are available to rent for $5.​
  • No alcohol is permitted in City of Ann Arbor parks.
  • No glass bottles.
  • Wear a lifejacket.
  • Wear shoes for cut feet are frequent injuries on the river. Argo Livery sells watershoes all sizes.
  • High water caution - if the liveries are closed for river trips that means the river is flowing fast and is too dangerous for boats and tubes. Check the City Liveries website​ to see if there are restrictions due to river conditions.​​