The L.A. River is probably the last body of water on the minds of those seeking a thrilling water activity.

Since when can kayaks even fit in the L.A. River? Apparently so, even despite the plethora of plastic bags and possum carcasses that take up the miniscule amount of water present.

According to the LA Times, kayakers from L.A. Conservation Corps inspected a 1.5 mile stretch of the upper Los Angeles River, Saturday.

The object of their excursion through the treturous water was to inspect the region that runs through the San Fernando Valley’s Sepulveda Basin. The inspection was to clear this stretch of potential hazards in time for the 2nd annual Paddle the Los Angeles River program.

Hence the word “paddle”.

For years, this 70-foot channel has operated as a flood-control channel, and sanctuary for the many wildlife organisms that dwell in the murky brown waters. Oh can’t forget, it is also an escape route for waste water, contaminated with chemicals and trash.

The first legal trips down the river took place last August. The Army Corps issued license allowing paying customers to paddle down, under strict conditions. The section of the river that runs between Balboa and Burbank, about 17 miles northwest of downtown, contains shopping carts, fast food wrappers and angry hawks and egrets to sum it up. Much more where that came from.

The Conservation Corps and L.A. River Expeditions will offer trips on Tuesdays through Saturday over a nine-week season, ending Sept. 29th.

Ticket prices for this wild water activity are $50 per person for two-hours, which might get you 20 feet if you’re lucky. Crikey mate!

–Krista Blore, 93.1 Jack FM


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