In 2011, the LA Conservation 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.
This project received The Corps Network 2012 Project of the Year Award and was featured in the 2012 Best of LA Magazine. The trips take place down a 1.5-mile natural bottom stretch of the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley within the Sepulveda Basin. Each tour will be led by guides from the LA Conservation Corps, including Corpsmembers, who have been trained in swift water rescue.
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.