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Argo Park Canoe and Kayak Livery

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​Argo Park Livery

1055 Longshore Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6241, Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor csaam@a2gov.org

Sept. 3-Oct. 6: Weekends, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Go to Gallup weekdays.

Gallup Park Livery

3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 734.794.6240, Cheryl Saam, Recreation Supervisor  csaam@a2gov.org

Sept. 3-Oct. 20: Every day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Argo Livery is now open on weekends only and offers the 3.7 mile 1.5 hour Argo to Gallup river trip, stillwater paddling in 2-mile Argo Pond and tubing down the Argo Cascades. In the fall when the Argo location is closed go to the Gallup Livery on weekdays for river trips and stillwater paddle rentals. 

Boats available to rent are canoes, one-person kayaks, two-person kayaks, five-person rafts (6 with small children), tubes, and stand-up paddleboards.  We have 100's of boats and we do not take reservations. Also offered are concessions, river merchandise, and river themed programs. Come paddle with us for a fun river trip enjoying outdoor adventures with friends and family!

In the fall months the Argo Canoe Livery offers the 1.5 hour Argo to Gallup River Trip weekends only between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Go to the Gallup location for this river trip on weekdays and we will drive you up to Argo on the hour every hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Argo location also offers paddling in 2-mile Argo Pond and tubing in the Argo Cascades on weekends between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Go to the Boat Rental page for further details. To view the fall/winter programs we offer in the Ann Arbor parks view the new 2019_20 Fall Winter.pdf.

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We offer two river trips down the current, the 2.5 hour Barton to Galluip trip and the 1.5 hour Argo to Gallup trip, and 2-hour stillwater paddles in the reservoirs. Boats available are kayaks, canoes, rafts, SUPs, paddleboats, and rowboats and tubes for playing in the Argo Cascades. Gallup offers boat rentals every day and Argo is now open weekends only. Go to Gallup for boat rentals weekdays in the fall.

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Gallup Park Livery is located 3.7 miles downstream from Argo and is where our river trips end. The Gallup Livery offers the longer 2.5 hour river trip on weekends, the 1.5 hour river trip on weekdays, and stillwater boat rentals in 2.5 mile Gallup reservoir. Gallup is open ​every day in the fall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the last boat rental at 5 p.m.

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We offer many fun river events and programs such as River Camps for ages 7 to 14 years, River Kids for ages 2 to 7 years, Trick or Treat on the River, night paddles, boat auctions, Huron River Day Festival, kayak and SUP instruction and much more. Please call the Gallup office 734.794.6240 if you have questions on river programs. Register for a program. 

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Parking at Argo on Summer Weekends

Argo Canoe Livery is busy on nice weather weekends and parking is limited, please carpool, bus or walk! We've improved weekend parking options by adding offsite Argo parking at Kellogg Eye Center with a short pleasant walk up the Argo Cascade pathway.  Argo Parking (pdf)

​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. Although swallowing PFAS is the main way to get it in your body, an accidental swallow of river or lake water is not a health concern. Although, current science indicates PFAS does not move easily through the skin, it’s best to rinse off foam, including family pets, after contact and bathe or shower after the day’s outdoor activities. None of this information changes recommendations for people’s water used at home. The City of Ann Arbor is exploring the installation of hand-rinsing stations in close proximity to the city’s canoe liveries this summer. These will be in addition to hand-washing facilities available in public restrooms at the liveries.  Visit the PFAS webpage for additional information​.​