Huron (Washtenaw) - B) Ann Arbor "Argo Cascades" (and still proposed water park) (PnP)

Huron (Washtenaw), Michigan, US


B) Ann Arbor "Argo Cascades" (and still proposed water park) (PnP)

Usual Difficulty II (varies with level)
Length 0.2 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04174500 100 - 300 cfs I-II 10h00m 188 cfs (running)
Flows in this range allow for optimum canoe passage and tame swift-water fun. Gauge (729 sq.mi. drainage) just downstream of this location accurately reflects water available. Expect regulation of flows in the course vs.main channel.

River Description

A water park at the site of the Argo Dam. Presently complete is what is being called "Argo Cascades", a series of nine tame drops into pools, largely as a canoe bypass around the dam. The city runs two liveries which rent one- and two-person kayaks ('sit-on-tops') and rafts. People also bring inflatables (mostly inner-tubes and the like) to run the gentle rips to cool off in summer.

There were also plans for a more serious whitewater feature or two (which might draw legitimate qhitewater boaters' interests) but this has been much more controversial. Additional articles about what currently exists (and what yet may) are available online:

Ann Arbor news (2012.03.01)

City of Ann Arbor website

Enjoy this 'test paddle' of the course:

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-12 17:50:16

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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November 11 2011 (2107 days ago)
Lee GreenDetails
I biked past the site last week, and construction is nearly complete. All the rock weirs (made of
large rectangular limestone blocks) are in place, and the bank trail is being worked on now. It's a
series of pools about 20-30 yards long each, with a drop chute from each to the next. The chutes
are obviously sized for easy passage of canoes, and the drops are small, maybe a foot or two.

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