Grab a map and come down to the River!
Friends of the LA River has produced the first two maps in a series that is already the premier guide to visiting the Los Angeles River. Are you looking for the best riverside bike path in your neighborhood or hunting for the perfect picnic spot? Download our River Maps and Guides today.
The LA River Maps and Guides are also available in a handy folding pocket size at FOLAR events, our office, and The Frog Spot.
The Upper River
Encircled by the Santa Monica, Santa Susana, and San Gabriel Mountains, the San Fernando Valley is the primary inheritor of the life-giving rains that land in the Los Angeles River Watershed. Before industrialization, plentiful orchards, vineyards, and cattle farms stretched across the valley and were sustained by the massive aquifer just beneath the surface. This aquifer fed the Los Angeles River with seasonal springs which, in turn was an indicator of a healthy and robust water supply. Although the natural waterways have been heavily altered, the San Fernando valley stretch of the river still features great walking paths, bike trails, bird-watching, and kayaking, and in the future some important connections to our often underappreciated mountain spaces.