Get Those Kayaks Ready: L.A. River to reopen for summer recreation

Kayakers preparing to launch into the river in Elysian Valley | Martha Benedict

ELYSIAN VALLEY — When a section of the L.A. River was opened during the summer of 2013  for kayaking, hiking and fishing , some wondered if anyone would come.  But, many did come, and,  more are expected this summer as the L.A. River Recreation Zone in Elysian Valley reopens on Memorial Day, May 29, for its fifth season.

The River Recreation Zone allows independent, unscheduled, free boating, fishing and walking (but not swimming)  along the Los Angeles River for the general public between Memorial and Labor Day. Private operators have also received permits to operate guided excursions. The United States Army Corps of Engineers  is permitting public access along a 2.5-mile stretch of the river between Elysian Valley and Cypress Park. Another 2-mile-long recreation zone will also be open in the Sepulveda basin.

“Anyone can bring their kayak or other non-motorized navigable boat to either the Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone or the Sepulveda Basin River Recreation Zone from sunrise to sunset every day, in safe conditions free of charge.” said Chief Ranger Fernando Gomez who has been spearheading the L.A. River Recreation Zone for the last four years. “All participants must wear a personal floatation device. Wear sunscreen, bring drinking water, and be prepared to get wet.”

For more information about the recreation zones, visit LARiverRecreation.org.

Courtesy LARiverRecreation.org

eastside events

Submit An Event

Submit An Event


  1. They should make it perfectly clear this is not a recommended activity for people with diffident immune systems the river is awash in bacteria and staph. I am not trying to poo poo the idea , its just not there yet and with Garcetti’s “everybody is rainbow” ” I’m going to allow homeless camps” you will be splashing around in human feces.
    Don’t believe me , maybe read Heal the Bay’s report on the condition of the river.

  2. Yeah, I love the smell of sewage in the morning!
    Be sure to be current on your tetanus shots kids…

  3. Watch out for floaters.

  4. wtf_is_a_hispter_anymore

    I’m gonna get a kick out of watching these people get stuck in 3″ water all summer long!

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments civil and on topic and refrain from personal attacks. The moderator reserves the right to edit or delete any comments. The Eastsider's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to comments submitted by readers. Required fields are marked *