Friday, January 30, 2015

River Wild

Yes, there is water (and wildlife) in the LA River


Been thirsting for adventure? An escape from the urban jungle?

We thought so. It's time to go kayaking on the LA River.

We know what you're thinking: LA has a river? Hell friggin' yeah it does. Nearly 50 miles of it, from the West Valley to Long Beach.

And until Labor Day, the rapid-heavy section of the river in the Glendale Narrows is open to the public for the first time since the 1930s.

LA River Kayak Safari simplifies the logistics, taking you on a shuttle from Elysian Park (not far from Dodger Stadium) to the riverbank. You’ll be given a river cruiser for the 15-minute bike ride along the shoreline.

Then you'll trade in your bike for a kayak, safety gear, and instructions on how to traverse the 2.5 miles downstream, where you’ll encounter whitewater, at least two sections of rapids, and wildlife (expect herons, egrets, and coots).

For a few hours, you might completely forget that you're in LA.

At least until rush hour traffic on the way home.

LA River Kayak Safari
2825 Benedict St., Glassell Park
(323) 463-6363

Price: $65
Nearby: Cha Cha Lounge; 55 Degree Wine; Red Lion Tavern

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