December 10, 2019 § Leave a comment
Enjoy this new video from a couple of intrepid folks who recently attempted to kayak the L.A. River… and didn’t get very far… but nonetheless made a fun video showing their experience. They put in near Griffith Park’s Bette Davis Picnic Area – at the edge of the city of Glendale’s Glendale Narrows River Walk and only got to the adjacent Griffith Park Ferraro soccer fields.
There are plenty of places to put in and kayak the L.A. River safely and enjoyably – see my 2008 account of my first kayak trip there: day1, day2 and day3. The Burbank and Glendale stretches do involve plenty of portaging (walking.) There are also various organized kayaking tours these days. One warning: the L.A. River can get very dangerous very quickly during rainy weather, just watch No Way Out. The best time to kayak is when it’s not raining.
September 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
Damon Nagami posted the video above at NRDC Switchboard. It’s an excellent, enthusiastic video review of just how fun the latest round of L.A. River kayaking tours are. It’s been great to see lots of photos and positive reviews on Facebook (some of which we’ve shared at the L.A. Creek Freak Facebook group page.) Angelenos are enjoying their river. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Hey Creek Freaks – apologies I, Joe, haven’t been posting much lately. Most of my energy has been going into my bike stuff. I will write more here at Creek Freak… soon… but for now, I’d like to plug a few upcoming events:
> Official permitted L.A. River Kayak tours will resume this Summer! The program will be expanded. Apparently the full announcement, with tickets for sale will happen any day now. Check the Paddle the L.A. River Facebook page. KCET announcement here. L.A. Creek Freak’s story about last year’s kayaking here.
> I am having an art show: City and Country: Art by Rick Cummings and Joe Linton. It’s at the Barbara Mendes Gallery at 2701 South Robertson Blvd in West L.A. (easy walk/bike from the Culver City end of the new Metro Expo Line.) The show actually opened today – Thursday July 12th, but the opening party reception takes place this Sunday, July 15th, 2012, from 3pm to 7pm. I have a few L.A. River drawings in the show. You can buy copies of the book I wrote and illustrated Down By The Los Angeles River for sale, and I can autograph for you at the reception on Sunday.
September 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
> The Huffington Post has the latest photos from another Los Angeles River boating expedition, spearheaded by Anthea Raymond. Looking forward to the day when kayaking the mighty Los Angeles isn’t the news that it is today.
> Green L.A. Coalition’s Water Team’s Not Enough to Waste booklet is now available on-line at their excellent water resources website notenoughtowaste.org. Read the booklet here. Creek Freak’s earlier review here.
> Los Angeles’ latest class of Coro Fellows will be presenting on The Logic of the Los Angeles River on Monday September 13th, 2010 – tomorrow. It’s free, and takes place from 6pm to 7pm at the Atrium Room at the Los Angeles River Center, 570 W. Avenue 26, LA 90065. Readers may also be interested in the Coro-hosted Surfacing the Solutions: A Critical Discussion of California’s Water Crisis coming up on Thursday October 14th. Here’s the Save the Date announcement.
>On Wednesday September 22nd 2010, Zócalo presents a panel discussion on the future of the Los Angeles River, featuring Mike Woo, Marc Salette, Jim Stafford, Mia Lehrer, and Michael Maltzan.
> On Saturday September 25th 2010, the California Coastal Commission and Heal the Bay spearhead the largest volunteer clean-up in the known universe: Coastal Clean-Up Day. Many many sites to choose from on local rivers, creeks (and, oh yeah, beaches!), including the Los Angeles River, Arroyo Seco, Dominguez Channel and more.
August 11, 2010 § 6 Comments
George Wolfe of L.A. River Expeditions is at it again. KABC TV channel 4 kayaked the Sepulveda Basin with him and posted this video. (Sorry I couldn’t quite get it to embed – so click on image or link to view.)
In other L.A. River kayaking news, Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes has introduced a council motion to get more folks boating on our navigable river. Below is an excerpt from Reyes’ August 10 2010 press release.
July 31, 2010 § 3 Comments
Once the EPA declared the L.A. River navigable, the Los Angeles Times’ Louis Sahagun decided to go kayaking.
Sahagun has written a great article and the times photographers and videographers have put it together as a great web extravaganza. The full article appears in the Sunday paper (which includes a big picture of me! – available Saturday) and online here. Here are two brief excerpts – but go to the Times and read the whole thing:
Wolfe’s party took advantage of that legal gray area, launching at dawn on a recent workday in one canoe and five brightly colored kayaks just south of Los Feliz Boulevard in Atwater Village — one of the few stretches of the Los Angeles River that has a soft bottom and still looks like a river.
It is a rambunctious urban patch of rumbling water, serene greenery and occasional homeless encampments, framed by slanting concrete walls rising to electrical power-line towers, set to an endless soundtrack of freeway traffic. Paddling on the murky water, the kayakers surprised hundreds of shorebirds and waterfowl. Huge carp darted past like bronze torpedoes.
July 22, 2010 § 1 Comment
- Kayaking a calm pool stretch of the L.A. River’s Glendale Narrows
I had the pleasure of kayaking five miles of the Glendale Narrows today. It was another expedition lead by George Wolfe; this time was to get L.A. Times reporter Louis Sahagun (plus Times video and photo folks) out on the Los Angeles River, for more coverage related to the recent navigability announcement. I am going to just post a couple of photos and look forward to Louis’ always-excellent coverage.
- That’s the L.A. Times Louis Sahagun in the red kayak on the left – in the Glendale Narrows stretch of the L.A. River
July 10, 2010 § 4 Comments
With the above forty-one words restoring disputed federal protections to the Los Angeles River, it’s been a pretty excellent week for local creeks and their human friends. The federal navigability and protection issues were very hot when this blog was getting started back in mid-2008, so it’s a treat to see them resolved this week. We thought we’d do some wrap-up with some of the primary documents behind this week’s announcement and then a round-up of what we’ve written about the issue before. (Also, next week, we’re hoping to do some editorializing about what the determination means for the future… and why navigability as a test for federal protection for clean water may not be the best way forward for healthy creeks.)
First off, the actual document that states that the entire L.A. River is navigable – a 6 July 2010 letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District District Engineer Colonel Mark Toy :
May 18, 2010 § 2 Comments
Come on down to Los Angeles Eco-Village at 7:30pm this Friday May 21st 2010 and see a nearly-finished version of Rock the Boat! It’s a suggested $20 donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds. For lots of information and to RSVP go to the event page on Facebook. Eco-Village is located at 117 Bimini Place, LA 90004 – it’s located a couple blocks south of the Beverly/Vermont Metro Red Line Station. Directions here.
March 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
A quick note to announce that a free sneak preview of the nearly-finished documentary Rock the Boat will be screening tonight Wednesday March 3rd 2010 at 9pm at the Electric Lodge at 1416 Electric Avenue in Venice.
I highly recommend this film (and I am not just saying that because I am in it) – see my earlier post for infomation, links, etc.