Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, has announced that the Los Angeles River will once again be open for kayaking, fishing and increased public access beginning on Memorial Day, May 31.
After last year’s river recreation season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new safety protocols will be in place to ensure the health of all participants.
From May 31 through Sept. 30, two designated recreation zones – Elysian Valley and the Sepulveda Basin – will be open on a daily basis from sunrise to sunset. The zones provide safe, equitable public access and recreational opportunities. Thousands of Angelenos have used the zones to kayak, fish, bird watch or walk along a river-adjacent path. Free access to the recreation zones is provided by the city of Los Angeles.
“At long last, more people can learn about and enjoy our beloved Los Angeles River once more,” said O’Farrell, chairman of the council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and River Committee. “I know many of my constituents have been looking forward to this opportunity. Count me among you. I encourage all Angelenos to take part in this one-of-a-kind recreational experience.”
“The Sepulveda Basin and Los Angeles River offer a much needed opportunity for Angelenos and our Valley families to relax and have fun outdoors,” added Council President Nury Martinez, 6th District. “I look forward to welcoming people back to this incredible natural amenity.”
Both recreation zones are managed and patrolled by rangers from the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority. To ensure a safe experience, visitors are advised to follow health and safety protocols posted on signs and in informational material at all public access points. For maps and information, visit lariverrecreation.org.
Visitors are also advised to check water conditions. Solar-powered water quality beacons installed by LA Sanitation and Environment will indicate water quality conditions at kayaking input sites. The colored beacons illuminate green for “safe;” yellow for “safe, but take precautions” and solid red for “do not kayak.” A blinking red light indicates that the recreation zone is closed for a reason other than water quality. Swimming is prohibited at all times. For information, visit lacitysan.org/waterquality.
“The Los Angeles River is a key waterway in the city of Los Angeles, crucial to a healthy environment, biodiversity and our own sense of place and pride,” said Traci Minamide, COO for LA Sanitation and Environment. “LASAN strives to help ensure that all Angelenos are able to safely access and enjoy the river during these recreational months.”
Information is also available by visiting bit.ly/lariverpsa.