Places to Visit: Dominguez Gap

April 1, 2009 § 5 Comments

Panorama Collage of the Dominguez Gap

Panorama Collage of the Dominguez Gap

It’s getting to be the best time of the year to visit the Dominguez Gap. I was there yesterday with Jared Orsi’s class from Occidental College. There were lots of wildflowers already in bloom – lupines (of many colors), poppies, tidy tips, and quite a few others that I can’t quite identify. The county irrigates the site, so the flowers should be blooming through April and perhaps longer. In addition to the wildflowers, there’s plenty of wildlife. We saw turtles, coots, ducks, swallows, egrets, great blue herons, and green herons.

Wildflowers Blooming in the Gap

Wildflowers Blooming in the Gap

The Dominguez Gap is an stretch of the Los Angeles River located in the north end of Long Beach. The Compton Creek confluence is there (on the west side of the river), but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’re likely to miss it. This stretch of river has an anonymous trapezoidal concrete channel, not unlike most of the lower river. In the Dominguez gap, though, there are low earthen side channels running parallel to the main river. Last year, the County Public Works department completed a project that renovated and re-plumbed the side channels, including adding a great deal of native vegetation. There’s interpretive signage, and walk and bike paths traversing the site. For an excellent tour of the site, see the Long Beach Natural Areas blog.

The main 37-acre East Basin linear park area is located on the east side of the Los Angeles River, extending downstream from Del Amo Boulevard to the Metro Blue Line. The Lario Bike Trail runs along it. (On the other, less accessible, side of the river, there’s an additional 14-acre West Basin, though it’s not quite as flashy.)

How to get there:
TRANSIT: Take the Metro Blue Line, exit Del Amo Station. Walk (or bike) a quarter mile east on Del Amo to the river.
CAR: Take the 710 Freeway. Exit Del Amo Boulevard. Head east on Del Amo. Turn right on Oregon Avenue and park.

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§ 5 Responses to Places to Visit: Dominguez Gap

  • stufftodoinla says:

    Hi there! I’ve started a new blog at http://stufftodoinla.wordpress.com (we chose the same theme!) and I’ve been wanting to do a post on the LA River. I’m so glad I found your blog!

    Would this be the section that I was told about? I heard that a section of the LA river is available for boating. I’m interested in featuring new and interesting things to do around LA, and the LA River is something I’m very interested in seeing rejuvenated. Also, I’m planning on featuring an urban homestead in the next few weeks.

    let me know if you want me to link up to your blog.

  • Jessica Hall says:

    Speaking of legal boating…I think there’s boating in the Sepulveda Basin, but not actually in the river. You can also boat up at Hansen Dam.

    I don’t know what the status on the City’s paddle boats at different parks is – they were under the hatchet at one point due to the city’s budget shortfall.

  • Maria says:

    going to visit the Dominguez gap today for the first time. It’s been raining on and off and we have a bit of a respite so here goes. Nice to find this site from the google search on Dominguez gap.

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