Los Angeles River Recreation Program

 

MAPS & TRAIL GUIDE

River Conditions and hazards are subject to change without notice. Please make sure you familiarize yourself with the maps before coming out to the either recreation zone by clicking on the links below:

Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone


Sepulveda Basin River Recreation Zone

RECREATION SEASON & HOURS

Elysian Valley

OPENS MEMORIAL DAY 2016


Sepulveda Basin

OPENS MEMORIAL DAY 2016

THE LOS ANGELES RIVER RECREATION ZONE

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, in cooperation with the City and County of Los Angeles, and the Army Corps of Engineers is managing the Los Angeles River Recreation Program for the third year to increase safe public access to the L.A. River and to further river revitalization.

 

There are two segments of the Recreation Zone:

Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone


Sepulveda Basin River Recreation Zone

 

The public is allowed to access and enjoy the river in designated areas to walk, fish, and use non motorized and steerable boats such as kayaks.  MRCA Rangers will promote public safety and regulate usage with rules established by the MRCA Ordinance

 

Access to the river in the Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone will be at MRCA managed Rattlesnake Park at Fletcher Drive. The exit point will be at MRCA-managed Steelhead Park

downstream.

 

Access at the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area will be at Balboa Boulevard in the Sepulveda Basin north of Victory Boulevard.  The Exit point will be just west of Woodley Avenue.

 

Kayak rentals are available on weekends at Marsh Park 2960 Marsh Avenue, in Elysian Valley, from www.lariverkayaks.com


The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority is a local public park agency dedicated to the preservation of local open space, parkland, watershed lands, trails and wildlife habitat. It is the leader in providing nature parks in urban areas of Southern California, and is one of the principal agencies working towards the revitalization of the Los Angeles River.

 

Contact Us

310-858-7272 Ext. 300

Lariverrecreation@mrca.ca.gov

In cooperation with US Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles County Flood Control District, and the City of Los Angeles

Managed by Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority

Press Inquiries only:

publicaffairs@mrca.ca.gov

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KAYAKING CONCESSIONAIRES

Below is a list of entities that provide equipment rental and guided tours in the river at the two recreational sites.


Click on the images below to visit their websites.

GROUP RESERVATIONS - PERMITS

Any individual can access the river free of charge.  Organized groups must obtain a permit from the MRCA.  Click here for details.

SAFETY

The program is during the least likely time for adverse weather conditions on the river.  However, water flow on the river can change in a moment’s notice, and basic safety precautions should be adhered to. 


Click here for more safety info.

PRESS RELEASE

COUNCILMEMBER O’FARRELL, MOUNTAINS RECREATION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY ANNOUNCE START OF LA RIVER RECREATION ZONES


Summer program opens the waterway to the public in Elysian Valley and the Sepulveda Basin

 

LOS ANGELES RIVER - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, along with park rangers from the Mountain Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA), announced today the start of the LA River Recreation Zone beginning May 30 2016.


The United States Army Corps of Engineers is permitting two recreation zones: one in the Glendale Narrows section in Elysian Valley (May 30 through September 25), and the other in the Sepulveda Basin at Lake Balboa (May 30 through September 30).


This is the third straight year for two separate recreation zones at the Los Angeles River, thanks in part to council action and support from Councilmember O’Farrell who chairs the City’s Arts, Parks, and LA River Committee.

 

“The Los Angeles River is so much more than a concrete channel to the ocean,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “More people will enjoy the natural beauty of our urban waterway during the summer months, and I encourage Angelenos to become better acquainted with the river ecosystem and imagine its future possibilities as we prepare to restore the river to its original glory. ”

 

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