The Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone Is Open for the 2017 Summer Season

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority opened the Elysian Valley L.A. River Recreation Zone for its fifth season on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017. Hours are sunrise to sunset, except during and after inclement weather or other adverse conditions.  The L.A. River Recreation Zone provides access to recreate and explore the Los Angeles River with activities including boating, fishing and bird watching.  The River Recreation Zone is managed by the MRCA in coordination with the City of Los Angeles and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the County of Los Angeles.  The Elysian Valley L.A. River Recreation Zone is open for the season through September 30, 2017.

“Through a collaboration with our partners on the local and federal level, we have created an annual tradition to bring more people to the Los Angeles River,” said Councilmember O’Farrell who represents the Elysian Valley neighborhood where the Glendale Narrows is located. ”This is a great opportunity for Angelenos to get on the water, enjoy the wildlife, experience the river’s potential, and enjoy nature near the birthplace of our great City.”

Kayakers will be able to access the Los Angeles River from MRCA Rattlesnake Park at Fletcher Drive.  Parking is available on Fletcher Drive or at MRCA Marsh Park whose parking lot entrances are at 2999 Rosanna St. and 2944 Gleneden Street.  Public Restrooms are available. Kayak rental and guided tours are available from private outfitters.

What to expect on the Elysian Valley run:

  • Start at Marsh Park or Rattlesnake Park at Fletcher Drive, pull kayak to river, 2.5 mile one-way trip.
  • Braided channels and wildlife to remind you that this is in-fact a real river.
  • The kayak experience will include strong currents and a few rapids – you may fall out of your kayak while traveling through them.
  • Boulders and other obstacles are also part of the experience: Be aware that you will likely be getting off your kayak and pulling it through the water to get around rocks in areas.
  • The river bottom and boulders are extremely slippery, please wear closed toed shoes with good traction.
  • Be aware that you will get wet and dirty.
  • It is a wonderful experience, but it is also very challenging and physically demanding. Kayaking requires a lot of core work and upper body strength.
  • Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that dry quickly.
  • Wear sunscreen
  • You are required to wear a personal flotation device (PFD).