ELYSIAN VALLEY — A stretch of the Los Angeles River will once again be open for fishing, kayaking, hiking and other recreational pursuits starting Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. For the second year in a row, the public will be able to access the river at specific areas in Elysian Valley, where they can launch their non-motorized boats (sorry no inner tubes) or watch the local wildlife.
The summer program, which ends on Labor Day, makes the river accessible for about three months to the public during daylight hours, with rangers from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority on hand to provide safety measures. Guided kayak tours are available throughout the summer for those inexperienced in traveling the river.
Last year’s L.A. River Recreation Zone offered some of these activities for the first time, with at least 3,000 people paddling the river over the summer. Kayakers may launch their boats in either Elysian Valley or in the Sepulveda Basin, though those adventurers are on their own when it comes to walking the actual boat to the river, down the riverbed and into and out of the water.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed in the actual river, though dog walkers are encouraged to trot the paths alongside the channel with their canines. Various parking spots can be found throughout Northeast L.A. A permit is needed for fishing. Sunblock is recommended and other activities are offered by Marsh Park in Elysian Valley.
Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Smashed Chair.