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.
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