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Paddle the LA River


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Paddle with us!

Due to temporary health and safety concerns along the Los Angeles River, we regret to inform you that Paddle the LA River has been cancelled for the remainder of the season. Please watch your email for information regarding refunds for tickets purchased for the September 16 kayak trips. We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused you and your guests.



The Experience

Paddle the LA River is the premier kayaking experience in Los Angeles. You will kayak down this natural bottom portion of the Los Angeles River surrounded by a beautiful and peaceful habitat filled with a variety of wildlife and native flora.

Guided Group Tours

For private groups of at least six (6) people, we will offer guided tours during three time slots on select Saturdays this season with fourteen (14) slots available. Each trip will have three certified guides, and we will provide you with a kayak, safety equipment including a personal floating device and a helmet. Tours will include a short training and safety orientation, a brief river history, and an update on current river conditions following this season’s rainfall. For group tours, the costs is $50 per person for a 1.5 hour trip. This covers labor, as well as the cost of your kayak, safety equipment, administration, equipment transport and insurance. At this time, guided tours cannot be booked online. To schedule a guided group tour, click here to email us directly.

Kayak Rentals

We offer three one-hour slots on select Saturdays where guests may rent kayaks for an eye-opening self-guided tour down this natural bottom stretch of the Los Angeles River. Certified guides will be available at designated spots along your tour to assist with any issues that may arise. Prior to setting sail, guests will receive a short training and safety orientation. Rental fees are $30 per person for a one-hour trip. This covers the cost of your kayak, safety equipment, administration, equipment transport and insurance. Should you exceed the one-hour time slot, a $30 fee will be assessed up to 60 minutes. Beyond 60 minutes, another $30 fee will be added.


Program Partners

The Paddle the LA River program represents the collective efforts of several environmental organizations uniting to enhance public perception of the Los Angeles River. By paddling this scenic stretch, you 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 Corps has partnered with Urban Semillas, Pacoima Beautiful, Heal the Bay, and LA Sanitation to develop a high caliber recreation-education kayaking program for the public.



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.


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. 



Sepulveda Basin Kayaking

This year, paddlers will meet and check-in at the launch site this year. Please look for directional signage, but we recommend using Google Maps to navigate to the address below. This address is the approximate check-in location:

16212 Burbank Blvd

Encino, CA 91436


Please note, parking is not allowed at the meeting/check-in site. Street parking will be available along Woodley Avenue near Burbank Blvd. Additional parking is also available at Woodley Park: 6350 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91436.

Parking may be up to a mile away from the meeting site, so please allow for approximately 30 minutes to walk to the meeting site.