Grab a map and come down to the River! Our LA River Maps are 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 three, free River Maps & Guides today and explore the River!
Our LA River Maps & Guides are also available in a handy folding pocket size for free at our office, on our LA River Rover, and at all FoLAR events!
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, especially in the beautiful Sepulveda Basin, and in the future, we hope to see important connections to our often underappreciated mountain spaces.