Los Angeles River, Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles River starts in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains and flows through Los Angeles County, California, from Canoga Park in the western end of the San Fernando Valley, nearly 48mi southeast to its mouth in Long Beach. Several tributaries join the once free-flowing and frequently flooding river, forming alluvial flood plains along its banks. It now flows through a concrete channel on a fixed course, which was built after a series of devastating floods in the early 20th century.Environmental groups, park advocates and city council members support the removal of concrete and the restoration of natural vegetation and wildlife. Portions of the river now have earthen bottoms and restored habitat. There are also plans for a series of parks along the river's city frontage in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles River also flows through several Los Angeles County communities and has been featured in many Hollywood films.Before the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the river was the primary source of fresh water for the city. Although the Los Angeles region still gets some of its water from the river and other local sources, most comes from several aqueducts serving the area. The river suffers pollution from agricultural and urban runoff.
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  • Very long river running through the whole area. Often does not have any water, so just an empty concrete culvert. Scene of much filming. Homeless folks live along it. There are probably some interesti...  more »
  • Despite the noble efforts of a group called "Friends of the LA River" to fix up the river, there is still not much to savor. As one walks along the river on the trail one remains quite far away from t...  more »
  • We enjoyed the views of Los Angeles River in early November 2016. Water levels were good. People were enjoying going out on boats in the Long Beach portion of the LA River. We also liked the lights on...  more »
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  • Went fly fishing for carp. Got to see a homeless person stripped down and taking a bath. My friend caught a sock. A couple days later, I thought one of my dogs peed on my tackle bag. It was from the river. Smelled horrible. No thank you. Not going back
  • I’d like to start off this review by saying that I wanted to love the Los Angeles river. My wife and I have been to many rivers and never left less than 4 stars. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles river’s five-star location doesn’t outweigh the two-star flow and wetness. The wildlife and tributaries were also subpar. If the Los Angeles river would like to respond to this review and make things right I would happily update my rating.
  • The location is off but pretty much the LA River goes from long beach to downtown Los Angeles and it splits to other different locations such as the Rio Hondo. The river in the other hand is pretty nice, I highly recommend biking.
  • The Los Angeles River (LA River) is no longer a natural river. There is no natural anything there only vegetation that have been deposited there from all the runoffs from rainfall that was washed into it by the connecting city's and towns that the River runs through. To my own view it reminds me more of a wash like I have seen and experienced back when I lived near one in Temple City. The natural river that once existed hasn't been ever since the country decided to structure the river to their wants. So all the native wildlife has to find other means to survive. But only due to the decades of runoff materials has the LA River become an artificial river. All the vegetation down in the river has been deposited there from rainfall years past along with sand, soil, rocks, and wildlife. The mighty trees that have washed into the river has been surviving only by their own needs to survive but have no deep roots to plant themselves so they try to stay alive they way they lay on their sides after the fast moving water falls when the rain stops. But the once massive oak trees that grew somewhere upstream that had lost it's grip from too much rainfall that saturated their ground soil and has eventually brought them where they lay now have only been there only because we haven't had much of any rain to have the water runoffs push all of it out into the ocean. But be glad that there has not been that many and long rainfall here otherwise the river would not have much of anything to look at or have any real type of ecosystem other rivers around the world have. The LA River would need to have it's name changed to the Los Angeles Wash or Los Angeles Waterway instead.
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