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Kayaking on the cascades

As the temperatures outside rise, so do the numbers of people trying to find a way to cool down. For all the adventurers out there, consider an Ann Arbor river trip. The City of Ann Arbor boasts two nearby public parks for the launching of river trips: Argo Park (located at 1055 Longshore Drive) and Gallup Park (located at 3000 Fuller Road). Offering canoes, kayaks and five-person rafts for rental, the possibilities for a great day along with relief from the heat are endless.

From now up until May 24, river adventurers will have the option of embarking on a 1 ½-hour trip embarking from Argo Park and concluding the 3.7 mile journey at Gallup Park. For this trip, launch times from Argo Park are anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rental prices are $18 for a one-person kayak, $22 for a canoe or two-person kayak and $60 for a five-person raft. The Gallup Park launching site is currently under renovation until May 25 and the Argo Cascades, where adventurers can tube the rapids, is also under renovation until May 24. After the Gallup Park renovations conclude, there will be increased trip options, including 5.7 mile and 6.9 mile trips. 

In addition, after the renovations conclude on the Argo Cascades on May 25, tube rental and rapids trips will resume. At the Argo Park, tubes are rented for $10 for two hours of riding the rapids and $5 for each additional hour. According to Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation, participants average three to four tube rides during for every two hours.

For more information, including phone numbers and directions to the parks, visit this website. Get out there and enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities Ann Arbor has to offer!

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