Nichols Arboretum Summer

River Days

Kayaking, Canoeing, and Tubing

Ann Arbor has been called one of North America’s (Next) Best Paddling Towns by Canoe & Kayak Magazine, with good reason. Lovers of outdoor recreation rejoice– we’ve got it, no matter the season. If you can dream it, you can do it here. The Ann Arbor area champions its wealth of natural environments, with an incredible and diverse offering of parks, gardens, and outdoor attractions, making the perfect place for everything from kayaking and canoeing to stand-up paddle boarding.

The Huron River Water Trail – 104 miles of inland paddling and five Trail Towns along the way – is designated a National Water Trail by the Park Service. From rapids to calm waters and from small towns to city stops, a variety of adventures await. The Huron River is the perfect destination for a day on the water, so grab some friends and a couple kayaks from one of the many liveries along the river and get paddling! Gallup Park is an incredible natural area full of great views and outdoor activities.


Located along the Huron River, Gallup Park provides picnic areas, trails for biking and walking, and most importantly, a canoe livery. There, you can rent canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and whatever else you may need for your outdoor excursion. Find our full listing of outdoor recreation areas here!

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