About the Program


In 2011 the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (the Corps) along with its partners formed the Paddle the LA River pilot program. We received a license to operate the first non-motorized boating pilot program on the Los Angeles River at Sepulveda Recreation Basin and have been providing this service consistently to Los Angeles residents who seek a unique kayaking experience ever since.

The Corps and its partners are happy to announce that we are once again offering guided trips for the 2016 summer season. The trips will take place down a 1.5-mile natural bottom stretch of the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley within the Sepulveda Basin. There will be three recreation-education trips per day, with 14 participants per tour. Each tour will be led by guides from the LA Conservation Corps. Each trip will include a boating clinic and when available educational talks from a variety of guests speakers. All boating and safety equipment are provided as part of the fee paid by attendees. 

The Paddle the LA River program represents the collective efforts of several environmental organizations uniting to enhance public perception about the Los Angeles River. By paddling this scenic stretch, people experience first-hand that our urban River is part of an ecosystem that is both beautiful and significant to Los Angeles’ past and future. The program will run from Saturday, June 4 through Saturday, September 17, 2016. This year we will run our program on Fridays and Saturdays. Fridays are reserved for schools and youth programs, and Saturdays are available to the public to purchase tickets. 


The Los Angeles Conservation Corps has partnered with Urban Semillas and Pacoima Beautiful to develop a high caliber recreation-education kayaking program for the public during the license period. 

The LA Conservation Corps is a non-profit organization that provides educational and training programs to underserved youth. Since 1997, they have offered marine conservation and education programs at the SEA Lab, a hands-on science center located in Redondo Beach. The SEA Lab educates more than 30,000 youth and visitors annually about marine life and the importance of protecting our oceans and rivers. 

This program is a natural extension of this mission. Since 2009, the Corps has maintained a Los Angeles River Corps, a youth training program in partnership with the City of LA. This project combines classroom education with outdoor experience for our members and furthers the goals outlined in the City’s Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan through projects such as river clean-ups, litter abatement, graffiti removal and vegetation management in the Glendale Narrows segment of the River. Members participate in education and training sessions covering topics such as watershed habitat, native landscaping, river hydrology, ecology, and water quality management efforts.

Urban Semillas is a social conscientious, reconnaissance and outreach, community-based, watershed-driven organization. Their overarching goal is to educate underserved communities about watershed and social justice issues and provide these with community building skills. They empower communities to participate in local and citywide planning as well as county, state, and national policies.

Pacoima Beautiful brings community members together to learn how to address the needs of the community and find solutions. They help community members generate and implement long term and sustainable changes in order to improve the quality of life in the community. Pacoima Beautiful facilitates an evolving partnership between government, professionals/paraprofessionals and community volunteers to work toward common goals. They believe in volunteers to support and validate our programs.


You can participate by donating to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps’ river maintenance and boating program by clicking here. When donating please indicate that you would like to designate your donation to the “Paddle the LA River” program.

You can learn more about the Los Angeles River through the program partner links or go to www.lariver.org, the City of Los Angeles River Website.