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Chromium spill in the Huron River update

Currently, there are no recreational limitations in the river in Ann Arbor for canoe livery boat and tube rentals, river programs, youth camps and other river recreation in Ann Arbor. The City of Ann Arbor Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries remain open.​

Liquid containing 5% hexavalent chromium was discharged to the sanitary sewer system from Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom on July 30 and routed to the Wixom wastewater treatment facility. The wastewater discharges to Norton Creek, which flows into the Huron River system. Hexavalent chromium​ is a known carcinogen that can cause a number of adverse health effects through ingestion, skin contact or inhalation.

Until further notice, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that people and pets avoid contact with the Huron River water between North Wixom Road in Oakland County and Kensington Road in Livingston County. This recommendation may change or be expanded as additional information becomes available through test results. 

In addition to the state's testing, the city is increasing its monitoring in the Huron River so we are able to identify when and if the chromium plume reaches Ann Arbor. Time-of-travel modeling indicates it would take the contaminant several weeks or more from the time of the spill to reach Ann Arbor. More information and ongoing updates are available on the city's webpage at​


Paddle the River in Ann Arbor

​Two locations ​​​​​​Argo Park ​​​and Gallup Park

​Two river trips - current and transportation

Two lake like sections of river - No current

Tube the River

  • Tubing at the Argo Livery

Stillwater Paddles (no current) in 2-Mile Ponds

No reservations, just come down to the liveries and paddle a boat where the river is a calm lake in Argo and Gallup Park. We have over 500 boats  available to rent.  Leave and come back to the same dock and no van transportation needed. Perfect for novice paddlers!


  • May 28-August 19:
    • Every day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Argo and Gallup
  • August 20-September 5:
    • Every day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Argo and Gallup
  • September 6-18:
    • Weekends, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Argo and Gallup
    • Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Gallup
  • September 19-October 23:
    • Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Gallup
    • Argo is closed, go to Gallup for all boat rentals

*Last boat rental is 2 hours prior to close. If we close at 8 p.m., the last rental is at 6 p.m. with all boats are due back by 8 p.m. If we close at 7 p.m., the last rental is at 5 p.m. with all boats due back by 7 p.m.

Stillwater Boat Rental Fees

​Argo and Gallup
​$17/Kayak - 2 hours
​Argo and Gallup
​$22/Kayak - 2 hours
​2 to 4-person Canoe​
​Argo and Gallup
​$22/Canoe - 2 hours
​3-person Paddleboat
​$14/Boat - 1 hour
4-person Paddleboat
​$20/boat - 1 hour
​Stand-up Paddleboard
​$23/boat​ - 2 hours


River Trips (current)

Argo to Gallup River Trip - 3.7 miles, 1.5 hours​​ 

Paddle down the Argo Cascades and on down the beautiful Huron River in Ann Arbor.  Starts at the Argo Livery in the summer months anytime prior to 4 p.m.

  • ​We have 100's of single and double kayaks! We do run out of single kayaks on busy weekend days
  • ​Start at Argo and we provide the van transportation from Gallup back to Argo at the end of your trip 
  • Groups of +25 people please call 734.794.6240 ​


  • May 28-August 19: 
    • Every day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., anytime, from Argo
    • On busy summer weekends we may need to close the river trip at 3:30 p.m. if the queue for kayaks is too long
  • August 20-September 5:
    • ​Every day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., anytime, from Argo
  • September 6-18:
    • ​Weekends, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., anytime, from Argo
    • Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the hour every hour, from Gallup
  • September 19-October 23: 
    • ​​Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the hour every hour, from Gallup
    • Argo is closed for the season, go to Gallup for all boat rentals and we drive you upriver from Gallup. 

*​​Boats due at Gallup 1-hour prior to close​

Barton to Gallup River Trip - 5.7-mile, 2.5-hour 

Kayak through 2-mile Argo Pond, and then down the Argo Cascades and the Huron River current.  Starts at the Gallup Livery.

  • Reserve online prior to day of
  • Call on day of to check availability 734.794.6240
  • Starts with a van shuttle upriver
  • We can't guarantee that we will have single kayaks available on busy weekend days. We have plenty of double kayaks


  • May 28-August 19: 
    • ​Weekdays, on the hour, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Weekends, every half hour, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • August 20-September 5:
    • Every day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. from Gallup
  • September 6-18:
    • Weekends only, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. from Gallup
  • September 19-October 23:
    • ​2.5-hour trip closed for season, we just offer the 1.5-hour river trip out of Gallup at this time of year

​*Boats due ​​at Gallup 1-hour prior to close

River Trip Boat Rental Fees


​Argo to Gallup Trip
3.7-Mile, 1.5-Hours
​Barton to Gallup Trip
5.7-Mile, 2.5-Hours
​1-Person Kayak
​2-Person Canoe
(3-4 Person if children, NA in low water​)
+$10 for 3rd adult 
​5-Person Raft
(NA ​​in low water)


Tube the River 

Tube the River details, rentals, personal tubes, parking and river map.

  • ​​Rental tubes at the Argo Livery:
    • Tube rentals every day up to 2-hours prior to closing
    • $10/person for a 2-hour rental
    • 1 person per tube and must be 8 years of age or older.
    • Shoes, no flip flops, are required.
    • Water shoes are for sale at the Argo Livery for $18
    • Tube down the Argo Cascade rapids and walk back up to repeat 2 or 3 times in your 2-hour rental
    • Rental tubes are required to stay in the Argo Cascades and tubes are returned to the Argo Livery
  • Argo Livery has tubes for purchase
  • Have your own tube? ​Tube the River​
  • Gallup Livery offers van transportation for $10/person, no inflated tubes and no boats, just people. Last van ride leaves Gallup at 7 p.m.

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Parking at Argo and Gallup​ Parks

  • Parking on weekends/holidays at Gallup Park - Park at Huron High School or Furstenberg parking pdf.
  • Parking on weekends/holidays at Argo Park - Park Argo Parking (pdf) at the Kellogg Eye Center 900 Wall Street


​Argo Cascades

  • ​Argo Cascades are 1500 feet of nine man-made drops and pools that bypass Argo Dam
  • Kayakers get waist down wet in the cascades for water splashes over your boat. Boats flip over so be prepared to be wet!
  • Requirements to kayak down the Argo Cascades:
    • Paddler in the stern of kayak must have experience paddling a boat (5 or more times) and be able to steer to stay in the middle of river and avoid hitting rocks
    • ​Everyone in the boat must be a capable swimmer and be able to right a capsized boat

What to Wear/What to Bring

  • Dress for the weather
  • Dress for getting wet so wear a bathing suit or clothes that can get wet and will dry quickly
  • Wear shoes that can get wet and will stay on to protect your feet.
  • DO NOT take valuables or personal belongings on the river unless secure in a dry bag/container (we sell dry bags/containers and have lockers at both liveries). Boats tip over and phones fall in the river
  • Do not bring towels for they just get wet.
  • Maximum size coolers 12'x12'x12' allowed (one per boat, no Styrofoam)
  • No alcohol. No glass bottles
  • Argo Livery sells cold drinks, chips, candy, granola bars, sunscreen, eyeglass cords, dry bags, water shoes, and stickers
  • Gallup Livery sells cold drinks, coffee, chips, candy, granola bars, ice cream, sunscreen, eyeglass cords, dry bags, t-shirts, hats and stickers

​​​​​Boat Rental Policies

  • Lifejackets are required and provided with all boat rentals
  • Children must be age 1 years old or older to be in our boats.​
  • Dogs are welcome in all boats except in rafts and tubes
  • Boats available for the river trip depend on the water level
    • ​No canoes or rafts in low water conditions
  • Gallup Livery offers van transportation for $10/person, no inflated tubes and no boats, just people
  • Face masks are required to be worn in our vans​
  • ​​​​We take cash, all types of credit cards and checks for payment
  • One person in your group is required to fill out a rental agreement and leave a deposit of car keys or State issued I.D. 
  • All boaters are required to sign a Risk Waiver. A parent or guardian must sign for children younger than 16 years old
  • Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older)
  • We do not rent equipment, paddles and lifejackets, to people who have not rented our boats
  • Late fees: The City will charge double the rental rate per watercraft for equipment that is not returned to the livery by closing time

​Universal Accessible Boat Launches 

G​r​oup Boat Rentals​

Outdoors, teamwork, and fun on the beautiful Huron River in Ann Arbor! Boat rentals for all skill levels​ and all sizes of groups. We do not offer discount boat fees for groups. Contact Cheryl Saam 734.794.6240 or [email protected] for further information and to set up a reservation.

  • Groups <25 people 
    • No reservations needed for the 1.5-hour river trip or stillwater paddling
    • Reserve online Boat Reservations for the 2.5-hour river trip
  • Groups >25 people - Call the Gallup Office 734.794.6240
    • ​We can accomodate large groups! 
    • Weekdays are less crowded so best for large groups
    • Weekends before noon are also less crowded
    • Stillwater paddles or the 1.5-hour river trip are available for large groups.

​School Groups

We can work with you to provide a river experience that best fits your class for an unforgettable outdoor exploration by boating on the Huron River.  Contact Recreation Supervisor Cheryl Saam 734.794.6240 or [email protected] 

  • Discounted boat rentals for school groups on spring/fall weekdays​
  • Livery staff are available to paddle the river with your group
  • Have adults print and sign Risk Waiver prior to youth group trips

​​R​iver Programs

Register​ for river programs

River Camps & Programs​​ details

​Summer River Day Camps, River Kids for preschoolers, Kayak & SUP instruction, Huron River Day, Kayaking for Seniors, Adapted Kayaking, and Trick or Treat on the River are some of our many fun river programs. ​

Click here to view the 2022 Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Activity Guide.  There's a host of events, activities and classes you can register for in the Ann Arbor parks include summer day camps, golf and swim lessons, volunteer opportunities and canoe/kayak activities. To register visit the online system for convenient access and payments. ​

Gallup Park Livery 

3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6240
Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor [email protected]
May 28-August 19: Every day, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Last boat rented 6 p.m.

August 20-September 5: Every day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Last boat rented 5 p.m.

September 6-October 23: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Last boat rented 5 p.m.​

Argo Park Livery​

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

May 28-August 19: Every day, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.​ Last boat rented 6 p.m.

August 20-September 5: Every day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Last boat rented 5 p.m.

September 6-18:  Weekends only, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Last boat rented 5 p.m.