Huron (Washtenaw) - B) Ann Arbor "Argo Cascades" (PnP)

Huron (Washtenaw), Michigan, US


B) Ann Arbor "Argo Cascades" (PnP)

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Length 0.2 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04174500 100 - 300 cfs I-II 00h35m 382 cfs (too high)
Likely very high and pushy and washing out features (depending upon how much water is apportioned to the course versus the main channel). 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

This water park consists of a series of nine tame drops into pools, largely as a canoe bypass around the Argo dam. The city runs two liveries which rent one- and two-person kayaks ('sit-on-tops') and rafts. Separately, it is free to the general public to bring personally-owned inflatables (mostly inner-tubes and the like), canoes or kayaks to run the gentle rips to cool off in summer.

There had also been plans for a more serious whitewater feature or two (which might draw legitimate whitewater boaters' interests) but this has been much more controversial. Additional articles about this venue are available online:

Ann Arbor news (2012.03.01)

City of Ann Arbor website

Design Team website

Neighborhood Concerns, 2016.06

Enjoy this video 'test paddle' of the course:

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Last Updated: 2018-01-01 16:22:51

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 27 2018 (209 days ago)
Rick SDetails
Paddled this "portage" about 3 weeks ago with my wife. The flow was around 800 cfs. These are all
small class I drops. At 800 cfs there may have been 2 drops approaching class II, and which you
could kind of surf on. These drops are very narrow. Can be used to practice basic eddy turns and
peel outs. A couple of drops may even be good ferry practice for a beginner. A couple of the pools
were deep enough to practice rolling in current. You can pull your boat out and walk it back to the
put-in for multiple laps.
November 11 2011 (2629 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.