Sunny skies, 80-degree temperatures attract people to kayak and canoe

ANN ARBOR – In the warmest temperatures yet this year, Ann Arborites flocked to the city’s first of two canoe and kayak rental spots to open for the season.

Sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures made kayaks, canoes, paddle boats and local rowing teams want to spend a day on the water in Gallup Park

Tuesday afternoon the Gallup Park Dock had its busiest day of the week since it opened on April 17, said Cheryl Saam, director of Gallup Park Canoe Livery and the other city-run paint job upstream near Argo Dam.

The city will open the Argo Park Canoe Livery on Saturday May 1st, offering river cruises starting upriver from either Argo Park or Barton Dam and going downriver to the Gallup Canoe Livery, with a shuttle returning passengers upriver.

Boat rental at Ann Arbor’s Argo Park Livery, which opens next weekend

Before Memorial Day, Argo Park is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends, while Gallup Park Canoe Livery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. After Memorial Day, the paint shops are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all summer time.

COVID’s precautions, which include disinfecting boats, paddles, life jackets, and canoe seats between customers and requiring masks when not on the water, are similar to last year’s, Saam said.

The summer camps in Argo and Gallup are back this year, although registrations for both are currently full. Reservations for boats or classes can be made online on the city’s park and recreation website. Customers can pre-book a 15-minute slot to rent a boat for two hours or call Gallup Park at 734-794-6240 to check availability for a same day rental.

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