About the Los Angeles River Recreation Zone

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), in cooperation with the City and County of Los Angeles, and the Army Corps of Engineers is managing the Los Angeles River Recreation Program for the seventh year to increase safe public access to the L.A. River and to further river revitalization. The Recreation Zones open on Memorial Day, May 25,2020 and are open from sunrise to sunset daily (except during inclement weather or after storm events). This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no kayaking or in-water activity can be allowed. However, the public can walk, fish, bird watch while maintaining all public health protocols include six-foot physical distancing and wearing face coverings.

There are two segments of the Recreation Zone:

The 1.7-mile Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone

The 2-mile Sepulveda Basin River Recreation Zone

The public is allowed to access and enjoy the river in designated areas to walk, fish, and bird watch.  MRCA Rangers will promote public safety and regulate usage with rules established by the MRCA Ordinance. Both areas offer access to portions of the river where natural habitat flourishes and wildlife is abundant.

Access to the river in the Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone is at MRCA-managed Rattlesnake Park at Fletcher Drive. 

Access to the the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Zone is west of Woodley Avenue on Burbank Boulevard – The approximate address is 16212 Burbank Boulevard, Encino, CA 91436. Access is also allowed at Balboa Boulevard north of Victory Boulevard. The exit point is just west of Woodley Avenue. Parking is on Woodley Avenue.