Picture this: Water flowing down a stream, wildlife frolicking and 50 feet away, rush hour traffic piling up on the five. This is the L.A. River— 51 miles of water that cuts through nearly all of Los Angeles County, starting in Canoga Park and heading down to Long Beach.
Each summer, the city opens up two sections of the river to the public, at the Sepulveda Basin and in Elysian Valley. And one of the most popular recreational activities during this time? Kayaking.
We sent KPCC's Ari Saperstein out on the water to learn more.
Want to learn more? Check out our guide to kayaking the LA River at LAist.com