Los Angeles River Recreation Program



River Conditions and hazards are subject to change without notice. Please make sure you familiarize yourself with the maps before coming out to the either recreation zone by clicking on the links below:

Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone

Sepulveda Basin River Recreation Zone


Elysian Valley:  CLOSED

Sepulveda Basin:  CLOSED


The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, 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 second year to increase safe public access to the L.A. River and to further river revitalization.


This year, there will be two segments of the Recreation Zone:

Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone

Sepulveda Basin River Recreation Zone


The public is allowed to access and enjoy the river in designated areas to walk, fish, and use non motorized and steerable boats such as kayaks.  MRCA Rangers will promote public safety and regulate usage with rules established by the MRCA Ordinance


Access to the river in the Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone will be at MRCA managed Rattlesnake Park at Fletcher Drive. The exit point will be at MRCA-managed Steelhead Park



Access at the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area will be at Balboa Boulevard in the Sepulveda Basin north of Victory Boulevard.  The Exit point will be just west of Woodley Avenue.


Kayak rentals are available on weekends at Marsh Park 2960 Marsh Avenue, in Elysian Valley, from www.lariverkayaks.com

Any individual can access the river free of charge.  Organized groups must obtain a permit from the MRCA.  Click here for details.groups.html
The program is during the least likely time for adverse weather conditions on the river.  However, water flow on the river can change in a moment’s notice, and basic safety precautions should be adhered to.  Click here for more safety info.
The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority is a local public park agency dedicated to the preservation of local open space, parkland, watershed lands, trails and wildlife habitat. It is the leader in providing nature parks in urban areas of Southern California, and is one of the principal agencies working towards the revitalization of the Los Angeles River.http://www.mrca.ca.gov

Contact Us

310-858-7272 Ext. 300


In cooperation with US Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles County Flood Control District, and the City of Los Angeles

Managed by Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority

Press Inquiries only:

Dash Stolarz

323.221.9944 Ext.198


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