The Argo Cascades: Wild Ride
Everyone renting a vessel at the Argo and Gallup liveries signs a "risk waiver"--the same waiver that's been required for years, with no special new language for the Cascades trip.
With the Cascades a huge success, the city is looking for even more action on the Huron. This April, the city issued an RFP for a "whitewater play park" to be built in the main channel below Argo Dam. Colin Smith says that might please some of the folks who want the Cascades to be more challenging.
For canoeists, though, they're already too challenging. Unable to navigate the Cascades, renters bound downriver now must walk a third of a mile to pick up their canoes near the Broadway Bridge. So the city is planning one more Argo improvement: a new portage, closer to the dam.
[Originally published in June, 2013.]