29 May TWO LA River Recreational Zones are now OPEN for the Summer
For the first time ever, the Los Angeles River will feature two summer recreational zones open to the public: The Sepulveda Basin River Recreation Zone and The Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone.
Both zones will be open to the public from May to September 2014. Rangers from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority will patrol both territories. In addition to non-motorized boating, hiking and licensed fishing will also be permitted, except in delineated sensitive habitat areas. Independent use is allowed, but outfitters will also offer paid guided tours for those without experience or personal equipment.
Please visit these links for more information:
- US Army Corps of Engineers LA District Press Release
The pilot boating program premiered in Sepulveda Basin in 2011, and repeated in 2012. That territory closed in 2013 at the same time that the Elysian Valley area opened. Finally, the two territories are open simultaneously. FoLAR and many kayak activists and government agencies have worked diligently since the EPA’s “Traditional Navigable Waters” designation in 2010 to make access and use on the Los Angeles River possible for the public.
FoLAR plans to investigate the feasibility of non-motorized boating in soft-bottom sections of Long Beach in the future. One day, boating may occur in three territories across the river. We continue to strive for a balance of ecosystem protection and public access and use. We know that those who boat the “Mighty Los Angeles” are often inspired to become stewards of habitat and wildlife.
Construction along the LA River Greenway may interrupt kayaking activities in the years to come. Taylor Yard Bridge construction may impact two summer seasons in the riverbed between Fletcher and Figueroa. In addition to that project, we anticipate remediation, as well as concrete removal and reconfiguration, at Taylor Yard G2 Parcel and Bowtie Parcel in the plans for the ARBOR study.