Where Can I Launch My Kayak in Ann Arbor?

Are you looking for a serene and peaceful way to explore Ann Arbor’s waterways? Kayaking could be just the activity for you!

But where can you launch your kayak in Ann Arbor? Here are some great options for paddling around town.

Argo Park

Argo Park is a popular spot for kayaking in Ann Arbor, and for good reason. Located on the Huron River, this park offers easy access to the water and plenty of parking.

There’s also a boat rental facility if you don’t have your own kayak. The river here is calm enough for beginners but still offers some fun rapids to navigate.

Canoe Liveries

If you don’t have your own kayak, there are several canoe liveries in Ann Arbor that offer rentals and shuttle services to various launch points along the Huron River. These include:

  • Delhi Metropark
  • Gallup Park
  • Hudson Mills Metropark

Each of these parks has its own unique features and scenery, so it’s worth checking them all out.

Barton Nature Area

If you’re looking for a more secluded kayaking experience, Barton Nature Area is a great option. This park is located on the Huron River but feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Ann Arbor. There’s a small parking lot near the boat launch, but it can fill up quickly on weekends.

Ford Lake

If you’re willing to venture a bit outside of Ann Arbor proper, Ford Lake in nearby Ypsilanti is another great kayaking destination. This lake is larger than the Huron River and offers some beautiful views of the surrounding area. There are several parks around the lake with boat launches, including:

  • Loch Alpine Park
  • Hudson Mills Metropark
  • Ford Heritage Park

No matter where you choose to launch your kayak in Ann Arbor, be sure to follow all safety guidelines and respect the natural environment. Happy paddling!

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Michael Allen