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Making History: Photos from the First Legal Kayaking Tour of the L.A. River

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The pilot program leads kayakers through the a section of river in Sepulveda Basin
The pilot program leads kayakers through the a section of river in Sepulveda Basin

The Los Angeles Conservation Corps kicked off its pilot kayaking program last Saturday. Scheduled twice each Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. through September 25th, 280 spots at $50 a head were sold-out within an hour a few days prior.

Sparked in part by a 2008 kayaking expedition led by George Wolfe, the program is a reflection of the public's growing demand for access and recreation to the Los Angeles River.

I was there with my wife at the commencement of the first kayaking tour which was led by Melanie Winters, LACC staff and Mountains, Recreation and Conservation Authority rangers. It was a blast! Some photos are below:

Kayakers had their choice between singles, doubles or a canoe.
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Melanie Winter, the guest speaker on this tour, pulled us together to give background on the L.A. River.
2/22 Melanie Winter, the guest speaker on this tour, pulled us together to give background on the L.A. River.
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And then they set off of into the sun.
4/22 And then they set off of into the sun.
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At points along the tour, the water could be as deep as 14 feet.
6/22 At points along the tour, the water could be as deep as 14 feet
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<strong>At points along the tour, we would have to exit our boats and pull the kayaks over the rocks.</strong>
11/22 At points along the tour, we would have to exit our boats and pull the kayaks over the rocks.
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