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Rent Tubes at Argo Park

Rent a tube at Argo Park to ​play in the Argo Cascades, and walk back to the top to repeat the fun! Rented tubes can also float a short distance down the river but only tube as far down the river as you want to hike back. ​

Tube Rental Schedule

May 2-May 22
  • ​Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime from Argo
May 23-September 7
  • Every day: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., anytime from Argo
September 8-September 27
  • Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime from Argo

Tube Rental Fee

$10/tube, 2-hour rental

​​Tube Rental Details

  • The Argo Cascades are a 1500 feet section of 9 man-made drops and pools.
  • There is a paved trail adjcent to the cascades and the river.
  • ​One-person per tube, ages 8 years and above. 
  • Shoes required (no flip-flops), we have water shoes available for purchase
  • No coolers. 
  • Our rental tubes have bottoms and lifejackets are provided and required.
  • People average three to four tube rides down the cascades in a two-hour rental.
  • All rented tubes must be returned to the Argo Livery.
  • *New* the Argo Livery has tubes, and air to inflate, available for purchase.

​​Have Own Tube or Purchase Tube at Argo

​​Tube where there is a current so as to enjoy your float down the river.  Park a car or bike where you would like to end your tube trip or walk back up on the adjacent paved trail.

  • Tubes, and air to fill them, are availabe for purchase at the Argo Livery
  • If you float down to the Gallup Livery we offer van rides for people, no boats or inflated tubes, for $10/person (last van ride from Gallup back to Argo is 1 hour prior to close). 

Start at Argo Park and Tube Down To :

  • ​End of Argo Cascades - 1500 ft. hike back up and repeat the fun.
  • Island Park - 1 mile, 1-2 hour float, 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, either provide your own transportation or go to the Gallup Livery and pay $10 for a van ride back to Argo. Caution - there is no current for the last mile of this trip so it is difficult to paddle your tube on this section.
Argo to Gallup River Map.jpg  

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​Parking Near the River


  • 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. If you tube down to Gallup Park either have your own transportation or pay $10/person to ride in a Gallup and Argo Livery van. 
  • 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. 


  • 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.
  • Lockers are available to rent at Argo for $.50 for personal belongings.
  • 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 sells watershoes all sizes for $12.
  • *New* Argo Park has a fee air pump to fill personal tubes
  • 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.​​