For generations, the Los Angeles River has been off limits to adventurers looking for a central place in the country's second largest city in which to kayak or to canoe. Thankfully, that's no longer true.
According to CNN via KETK on June, this namesake waterway is now welcoming recreational activities for the first time in 80 years.
This turnabout comes after years of trying to gentrify the areas around the waters that intermittently run through the City of Angels. Sadly, the bridges overhanging the Los Angeles River had been written off as wasteland, ideal for gorilla graffiti artists who didn't show their talent but did show their need to trash public places.
The same was true for the water that is the Los Angeles River. In fact, the giant expanse was neglected in a big way and those who live in this Southern California hot spot avoided even a picnic on its banks because the scene included abandoned plastic bags floating downstream and shopping carts left in the wash.
Today, things have changed in this once downtrodden L.A. waterway.
Now, a two-and-a-half mile portion of the Los Angeles River is open to recreational types keen to take their kayaks or their canoes down to banks to launch into a place that once was off limits to this sort of traffic.
People who fish are also allowed to indulge in the river that runs through the City of Angels, something that was against the law until the Los Angeles River Pilot Recreation Zone was created. Now carp, bass, and catfish can be caught as anglers who drop lures without need for garnering a state permit first because that's not required.
And so, as this peaceful waterway with its revitalized oasis gives outdoorsy types living in or visiting Los Angeles a river in which to paddle down or fish from, those who get up close and personal with this particular place are also privy to more than just a city that stands by this floating playground.
Indeed, those who ply the waters of the Los Angeles River are often rewarded by the ability to spy on an array of birds, with hawks and even herons on the list for anyone kayaking or canoeing as these adventurers go through L.A. in a brand new way.