Southern California environment news and trends

Row on: Paddling season for the LA River begins this week

After a successful launch in 2011, popular Paddle the LA River program returns this year with a substantially expanded schedule of guided kayak and canoe tours along a scenic stretch of the river in the San Fernando Valley.

A partnership between environmental groups including the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Friends of the Los Angeles River and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, last year’s inaugural Paddle The LA River sold out all 260 tours in a mere ten minutes. Tickets for this year’s tours are priced at $53.74 (which includes a handling fee of $3.74) and go on sale tomorrow morning (Tuesday, July 17) at 7 a.m.

While the number of tours has been bumped up to over 2000 this year, ticket sales are expected to be brisk, so aspiring paddlers would be wise to score tickets sooner than later. The first public outings are scheduled to begin this Saturday, July 21. The season runs through September 29.