How to Paddle the Los Angeles River How to Paddle the Los Angeles River

How to Paddle the Los Angeles River

by Carren Jao

July 1, 2011

This July, Wolfe’s LA River Expeditions might be granted the ability to work with Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority, and other partners, in running the pilot boating program within the boundaries of the Sepulveda Flood Control Basin, a three-mile stretch in Encino. If approved, ten to twelve prospective kayakers at a time will be let onto the river for a tentative fee of $50 each. Guides who are also park rangers for the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority, all trained in search and water rescue techniques, will accompany groups "to provide the safety element so that the program can be approved and be successful," says Walt Young, chief park ranger.

The program is currently open for public comment, and needs your voice in order to be approved. Show your support by sending an email to the Army Corps addressed to Lisa Sandoval, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at lisa.m.sandoval[at]usace[dot]army[dot]mil by Thursday, June 30 at 5:00 p.m. Wolfe says that a final decision on being granted a permit might be known in early July. In the meantime, you can sign up for an LA River Expeditions trip and be the first to know when the excursions are approved.

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