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The one-day pass, a $10 savings, also provides free, one-time access to any of the more than 500 events scheduled to take place within the state parks throughout the summer. Passes are valid for seven days from checkout and are good for day use only. Park & Read runs now through Oct. 1, 2012.
Many participating parks even offer hammocks for loan. Set up under a shady tree and read, snooze or watch the clouds drift by.
The Park & Read pass is also valid at any of the 11 museums or historic sites within the Michigan Historical Museum system. These engaging places focus on themes in Michigan history, so why not learn about Michigan's fascinating history through your local library and then live it by visiting one of our great museums or historic sites?
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Argo Canoe LiveryFeatures canoe, single kayaks, double kayaks, raft and tube rentals in a quiet natural setting plus kayak instruction and 6th-8th grade summer camps. Come paddle with us for a fun river trip enjoying outdoor adventures with your friends and family!
Argo Canoe Livery Schedule
April: Argo is CLOSED – Gallup is OPEN
May 5 to May 25: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
May 26 to Sept. 3: Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
Sept. 4 to Oct. 14: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Gallup Canoe Livery & Coffee Shop
Offers canoe, single kayaks, double kayaks, kid kayaks, paddleboat and rowboat rentals, river themed programs, preschool programs, 1st-5th grade camps, coffee shop, and concessions. This award-winning park includes a 3.25-mile asphalt trail, fishing, public boat launch, playgrounds, picnic areas, pavilions, and an indoor room available to rent year-round for your next party or meeting. *NEW the Gallup Park Coffee Shop features WiFi, Zingerman’s baked goods and coffee with riverside seating.
Gallup Canoe Livery Schedule
April 14 to May 25: Everyday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
May 26 to Sept. 3: Everyday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sept. 4 to Oct. 28: Everyday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Boat Rentals at Ann Arbor Canoe Liveries
Come and canoe! We have hundreds of boats and no reservations taken except for large groups. The Huron River is generally a calm river with a few riffles and sections of drops and pools. Or you can paddle where the river is as peaceful as a lake. We provide canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes, paddles, lifejackets, transportation and a river orientation. No experience necessary. Bring friends and family, and to enjoy a fun day on the Huron River! More details on website www.a2gov.org/canoe
Paddle a boat in the river where there is little or no current. Great for beginners and families, no van ride needed, just jump in a boat and off you go!
Canoe & Two-Person Kayak
Two hours $18/boat
Two hours $14/boat
Paddleboat Rental Rates
Half hour $9/boat
Rowboat Rental Rates
Two hours $18/boat
*Paddleboats & Rowboats Gallup Only
Season Passes for $325/boat includes a boat rental on a pond or river trip anytime all season.
Huron River Trips
Paddle down the Huron River and we provide the van transportation. We are pleased to announce that the Argo Millrace has been completed and the river trip experience has been improved with the removal of the portage. No reservations except for groups of 15 or more people. Spring schedule is different, check website for details.
Argo to Gallup River Trip
1.5-hour trip $22/canoe & 2-person kayak, $18/1-person kayak, $50/4-person raft, $75/6-person raft
Anytime everyday up to 5:30 p.m.
Park your vehicle and begin your trip at Argo Park
Barton to Gallup River Trip
2.5-hour trip $28/canoe & 2-person kayak, $24/1-person kayak
Weekends anytime up to 4 p.m.
Weekdays every hour on the hour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Park your vehicle and begin your trip at Gallup Park
Delhi Metropark to Argo River Trip
4-hour trip, $34/canoe & 2-person kayak. $30/1-person kayak
Weekends 11 a.m.
Park your vehicle and begin your trip at Argo Park
Dexter Metropark to Argo River Trip
6-hour trip, Call for availability
Transport of Personal Boats subtract $10 from above boat fees
3rd Person in canoe cost $10 for ages 13 years and older.
NEW tube rentals for floating down the Argo Millrace drops and hiking back up to float down again. Our tubes have bottoms, lifejackets are provided and required, shoes required so bring water shoes or we have shoes for purchase, one/person per tube except adult with small child.
Tube Rental Rates
Two hours $10/tube
*Tubes Argo Only
River Paddles & Parties
Call the Gallup Livery at 734.794.6240 for more information or to schedule your event.
Gallup Park Meeting Room - Rent the picturesque indoor Meeting Room for your next meeting or party! Features include glass windows overlooking the river, seating for 40 people, kitchenette and restroom. Rental fees are $30 residents/$38 non-residents per hour.
Paddle the River Parties - Challenge your group to a fun paddle on the Huron River! Groups may also rent a picnic shelter or indoor room to combine a paddle trip with a party for friends, family, or colleagues.
Fishing Birthday Parties for Children
Celebrate your child’s birthday with fishing fun in Gallup Pond! The fishing is off the livery docks; poles and bait are included with the meeting room rental fee $90 residents/$106/non-residents for a unique 2-hour fishing party.
River Camps at Gallup & Argo Canoe Liveries
Online registration www.a2gov.org/parks, more information www.a2gov.org/canoe, or call Cheryl Saam, Facility Supervisor, Argo & Gallup Park 734.794.6240. Our camps are licensed by the State, our staff is CPR & lifeguard certified and each camper receives a coupon to bring their family back to share the boating fun. Pre-registration required.
Gallup River Camp: Completed 1st-5th Grades
Explore the Huron River with boats and fishing for a week filled with learning, adventure, and fun! Experience perfect summer days as we canoe, kayak, paddleboat, fish, cookout, art, and play in wonderful Gallup Park. Campers will have a blast outside while gaining valuable boating and fishing skills paddling the pond and beyond. All ages swim at the pool and River Camp Adventure has additional river trip fun with a paddle on Argo Pond and a day-long trip canoeing down the river.
Fees: Camp $225 residents/$275 non-residents
Camp Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Extended Camp: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. & 4:30 to 6 p.m., $50 residents/$60 non-residents
Gallup River Camp Discover – Completed 1st/2nd/3rd Grades:
July 2-6 (no camp July 4), July 23-27, Aug 20-24
Gallup River Camp Explore - Completed 1st-5th Grades:
June 18-22, July 16-20, Aug 6-10
Gallup River Camp Adventure – Completed 3rd/4th/5th Grades:
June 25-29, July 9-13, July 30-Aug 3, Aug 13-17, Aug 27-31
Argo River Camp: Completed 6th-8th Grades
Friends and fun on the coolest river around! Join us as we journey out each day paddling our boats down different sections of the beautiful Huron River. Our many explorations include kayaking, canoeing, fishing, geocaching and paddling to a park for disc golf games and a bonfire lunch. Argo River Camp is based out of a cabin and pavilion at the Argo Livery. Because of the outdoor adventure nature of this camp each session is limited to 12 campers.
Fees: Camp $225 residents/$275 non-resident
Camp Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Argo River Camp – Completed 6th/7th/8th Grades:
June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug 3, Aug 6-10, Aug 13-17, Aug 20-24
Preschool Programs at Gallup Park Canoe Livery
Fun river programs for children ages 2-5 years w/caregiver. Each session is 4 weeks 1x/week from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Sign up for one or more month long sessions! $52 residents/$64 non-residents per child/month. Call Gallup to register for a sibling discount. Online registration www.a2gov.org/parks, more information www.a2gov.org/canoe, or call Gallup Park 734.794.6240.
River adventures with you and your little one! Each week we will explore the river world by paddling a kayak, canoe or paddleboat on Gallup Pond. The children will experience the thrill of catching fish off the docks and discovering our river critters with stories, art and play.
River Kid Sessions: Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29; Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30; Thursdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31; Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31; Thursdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30
Join us in exploring the Huron River by double kayaks, canoes and paddleboats. We will discover the river world of turtles, ducks, fish and bugs with boats, hikes, fishing poles, nets, stories, art and play. Ages 5-6 yrs w/caregiver plus younger sibling’s ages 2-4 years are welcome to register and join the fun.
River Kindergartners Sessions: Tuesdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28
Special Activities at Gallup Park Canoe Livery
Huron River Clean Up
Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join crews from the Great Lakes Environmental
Research Lab and the EPA to help pick up trash on the river by canoe. Call David Fanslow at 734.741.2353 to pre-register.
Gallup Canoe Livery Opening Weekend!
Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $18/boat. Celebrate spring on the river! Paddle a boat while enjoying a free cup of coffee, tea or cocoa on the cold yet beautiful Huron River.
Canoe and Kayak Auction
Saturday, May 5, 12 p.m. Public auction of used and damaged boats. Featured this year are 1-person and 2-person kayaks, and bicycles.
Friday, May 11, 6 to 8 p.m. Free for all ages and family-friendly! Join City Ornithologist Dea Armstrong as she leads a walk to look for birds in the evening in Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Gallup Livery dock near the Canoe Livery.
Friday, May 18, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $18/canoe, no pre-registration
Gallup Canoe Livery will be open until from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to allow for late night canoeing with only the candlelight, starts and moon to guide your way. Celebrate spring by canoeing or kayaking around floating candles on Gallup Pond. No pre-registration required.
Argo Cascades Opening Celebration
Saturday, June 2, 12 to 3 p.m. Boats, fun drops & pools, a rock band on the rocks, food, ribbon cutting and the beautiful Huron River. Enjoy paddling boats from Argo to Gallup without a portage! Come paddle the Cascades and check out our new watercraft including tubes, rafts and sit-on-top kayaks.
Kayak Instruction – QuickStart Your Kayak
Thursday, June 7, 6 to 9 p.m. $50 /person, 14 years and older. All gear provided. QuickStart is a three-hour introduction to paddling a kayak with an ACA instructor. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely, potential hazards and simple rescues. Paddle skills are presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water. While designed as a stand-alone, introductory course, QuickStart students often progress to the Introduction to Kayak course to acquire greater paddling skills. Courses and details www.expandinghorizonskayaking.
Saturday, June 9, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Free for all ages and family-friendly! Join City Ornithologist Dea Armstrong as she leads a walk to look for birds in the morning in Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the dock in Gallup near the Canoe Livery.
Red Fish Blue Fish Teach Kids to Fish
Sunday, June 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5/child, all ages welcome with an adult. Join us for our State’s Free Fishing Weekend for Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing with more than 36,350 miles of rivers and streams. Fishing poles, bait and instruction are provided so just bring your family and friends and let’s go fishing!
Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $20/boat, all ages, pre-registration. Explore the wetlands and waters of the Huron River as we search for Michigan turtles by canoe or kayak with a naturalist guide.
Summer Solstice Paddle on Gallup Pond
Friday, June 22, 8 to 11 p.m. $18/canoe & 2-person kayak, $14/1-person kayak, bring a flashlight, no pre-registration. Celebrate the beginning of summer and long sunny days out on the Huron River! The Gallup Canoe Livery stays open late for paddling on 2.5 mile long Gallup Pond.
Full Moon Paddle on Gallup Pond
Friday, July 27, 8 to 11 p.m. $18/canoe & 2-person kayak, $14/1-person kayak, no pre-registration. As the sun sets and the full moon rises canoes and kayaks will paddle across the pond. Watch for deer, muskrats, herons, and other wildlife as you paddle your boat in this beautiful 2.5-mile section of the Huron River. Bring family, friends and a flashlight.
Stargazing Boats on Gallup Pond
Friday, Aug. 24, 8 to 11 p.m. $18/boat, no pre-registration.Saturday, July 18, 8 to 11 p.m. $18//boat, bring a flashlight, no pre-registration. Let the stars guide your way as you paddle up and down the 2.5-mile Gallup Pond section of the Huron River. Each boat will be provided with a star chart.
“How to Throw a Superhero Party Worthy of ‘The Avengers’’
Invitations: Start your party off right with the perfect invitation. You can make your own postcard invitations with cardboard cut-outs of bright blue painted stars, and include the details about your party in a thin black marker. Decorate the front of each with classic comic book words like POW!, ZAP! And WAM!
Décor: The Avengers bring together 6 epic superheroes. Create your own easy decorations with cardboard cutouts of spiders and paint them black, neon green head’s of The Hulk and classic American flags for Captain America and, throughout the party, use bold colored streamers, which will add some mystery to the room.
Centerpieces: Choose your favorite Avenger and decorate the table around that character. Use lots of primary colors, since comic strips are usually blue, yellow and red. Print outs of comic book pages covered in contact paper make great placemats. Blanket your tables with these to tie the décor together and include stars, spiders and Hawkeye cut-outs on wooden sticks around the table with silver confetti.
Music: Keep the music simple but fun. “Live to Rise,” the original song written for and appearing in the film is the first single from the Marvel Music/Hollywood Records release Avengers Assemble. The epic and cinematic video, featuring a searing live performance with film footage, was directed by Robert Hales (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janet Jackson, Kings of Leon, Justin Timberlake). View “Live To Rise”: http://www.vevo.com/watch/
Menu: Mini snacks such as cut-out tea-sandwiches make great finger food. Look for cookie cutters in shields, stars and spiders to create these treats. For Incredible Hulk themed beverages, create trays of green ice cubes by freezing water with green food color, and WOW! guests as their clear citrusy beverages transform color before their very eyes.
Party Favors: As a parting gift, place a few Avenger designed cookies in a cellophane bag and close with a gold twist-tie – your guests can enjoy the party for days to follow with these treats!” AND/OR - win the prizepak from DexterKids and distribute the buttons to your guests.
1. Whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe and use a cookie cutter to make character cookies. They make Superhero cookie cutters in the shape of many Avengers heroes. You can also use any oval shaped cookie cutter and instead fill in the details with your decorating. Once your cookies are baked and cooled, you are ready to begin decorating.
2. You can make your own royal icing (See: How to Make Your Own Royal Icing included below) or use store-bought. Color with food coloring to achieve the various colors you want for decorating. We recommend green (for the Hulk), yellow, blue, black, white, and brown. Place each color in a piping bag.
3. Begin by outlining the cookie in your base color. (If you were starting with The Hulk, outline the entire shape in green. Color in your outline with green icing and cover the entire cookie. (You can actually use a paintbrush to “paint” your cookie.) Give the base a few minutes to dry and choose your next color. For The Hulk’s hair, outline his hairline in black and proceed to fill in with black icing. You can continue to draw features in and watch your character come to life.
How to Make Your Own Royal Icing
Mix above ingredients with a little warm water until smooth. Add food coloring.