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Paddle the LA River

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Paddle with us!

Don’t miss out on the hottest summer tickets in town! Individual and group tickets available. When you purchase tickets through our program, you help us provide at-risk youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education, work experience, and career readiness training.

The LA Conservation Corps was founded in 1986 to give underserved youth an opportunity to improve their own circumstances while simultaneously enhancing their communities. In 2009, the LA River Corps was formed. This youth training program, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, combines classroom education with outdoor experience for youth and furthers the goals outlined in the City’s Los Angeles River Master Plan through projects such as river clean-ups, litter abatement, graffiti removal and vegetation management in the LA River.



The Experience

Paddle the LA River is the premier kayaking experience in LA. Our guides will tour you down one of the most natural soft-bottom areas surrounded by native habitat along the LA River in the Sepulveda Basin.

There will be three trips per day, with fourteen (14) slots available to the public to purchase per trip. Each trip will have three certified guides. We provide you with a kayak and all safety equipment including a personal floating device and helmet. Each tour will include a short training session, a brief river history by our guides and at times, talks from guest speakers on the river and its habitat, water quality, safety, and information on LAR programs. Participants will get a chance to view wildlife, navigate a kayak around slow-moving water, and learn about the river's past, present, and future.

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Program Partners

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. LA Corps has partnered with Urban Semillas, Pacoima Beautiful, Save the Drop, and Heal the Bay to develop a high caliber recreation-education kayaking program for the public during this license period. 



Urban Semillas is a social conscientious, reconnaissance and outreach, community-based, watershed-driven organization. Our overarching goal is to educate underserved communities about watershed and social justice issues and provide them with community building skills. We 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.


The drought in California has been going on for 4 straight years. In January of 2014, the Governor proclaimed a State of Emergency and in April of 2015 issued an Executive Order asking California to reduce water consumption by 25%. Angelenos can do a lot to save water - from taking short showers to reducing outdoor irrigation. There are many ways to save. Learn about all the ways you can by visiting their website. Click on the icon above.


Since 1985, people like you who care about our rivers, beaches and oceans have been a part of Heal the Bay's fight to make Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. Heal the Bay continues to partner with you and thousands of your neighbors in southern California through community action programs such as Nothin' But Sand and Coastal Cleanup Day and through advocacy efforts to move municipal, state and Federal government and regulatory agencies to act in our collective interests. 

On Fridays we take youth on kayaking educational tours of the LA River at no cost. This is made possible with the generosity of our sponsor LA Sanitation. 

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Sepulveda Basin Kayaking

We meet at:
Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park
6182 Balboa Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
*Parking lot is on your left once you enter park.

Directions from 101 Hollywood Freeway: Exit on Balboa Blvd and head north towards Burbank Blvd.  Continue past Burbank Blvd for half a mile and turn right onto the Anthony C. Beilenson Park entrance.  If you get to Victory Blvd you’ve gone too far.