The Sepulveda Basin River Recreation Zone Is Open for the 2017 Summer Season

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority is operating the Sepulveda Basin L.A. River Recreation Zone for its fifth season this summer. 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 Sepulveda Basin 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 in the Sepulveda Basin will be able to access the Los Angeles River from Burbank Boulevard west of Woodley Avenue.  There is plenty of street parking on Woodley Avenue. 

What to expect on the Sepulveda Basin run

  • Start at river edge, 2-mile up river and back trip.
  • Braided channels and wildlife to remind you that this is in-fact a real river.
  • Tranquil pools and with little to no significant grade changes or obstacles, easy paddling.
  • 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 challenging. 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 floatation device (PFD)