L.A. River to reopen for kayaking and fishing on Memorial Day

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SOUTH GATE, CA - JANUARY 10: A cyclist rides in the Los Angeles River Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 in South Gate, CA. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
A cyclist rides along the Los Angeles River in South Gate. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

The recreation zones at the Los Angeles River will reopen in time for Memorial Day, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority said Monday.

From May 31 through Sept. 30, the Elysian Valley and Sepulveda Basin recreation zones will be open daily, sunrise to sunset, for kayaking, fishing, walking and birdwatching.

Officials said a limited number of private kayak vendors will offer guided tours and rentals. Kayakers are asked to wear a helmet and personal flotation device.

Solar-powered water-quality beacons have been installed along the river at kayaking entry points; green stands for “safe,” yellow stands for “safe, but take precautions,” and red stands for “do not kayak.”

“This does not mean we can let our guard down and stop thinking about our own health and safety and that of the river,” L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said in a statement.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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