Those that planned on tubing the Argo Cascades this weekend will have to make new plans. 

Tubing down a river in Michigan is one of the most relaxing and fun things to do in the summer. However, if you were planning on floating down the Huron River this weekend, you'll have to make different plans or find a new spot. The Ann Arbor parks department has now banned tubing down the Huron River near the Argo Cascades, effective Friday, August 28th.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of public health, officials have banned tubing down this stretch of the river. The ban of tubing will be lifted when the governor's emergency declaration is lifted. Currently, Washtenaw County, outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people or less. The Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department will be working closely with the Ann Arbor Police Department to enforce these restrictions. Those who violate the restrictions will be subject to a civil infraction with a fine up to $250.

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The Argo Cascades on the Huron River typically attract crowds of people enjoying a float. The drop pools along that stretch are where many people gather. Even though tubing has been banned, the city's liveries in Argo Park and Gallup Park will still take reservations for those wishing to canoe or kayak.

It's not often that I inject my own opinions when it comes to things like this, but today I will make an exception. What is the difference between floating down the river in a tube versus a canoe or kayak? Having done all of those things on the rivers in Michigan, I don't see a difference. I understand they are only trying to stop large gatherings on the river, but people will still gather regardless of the mode of transportation down the river they are using.


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