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Los Angeles River

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Address: 2960 Marsh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039
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Description: Although this river flows through the heart of one of America's busiest...
Although this river flows through the heart of one of America's busiest metropolitan areas, a large number of rare wildlife species still make their home here.
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A dry run

The Los Angeles river might or might not flow, you might see water near Long Beach. There is a dry concrete river bed that runs in Los Angeles in case there are floods. It will... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The Los Angeles river might or might not flow, you might see water near Long Beach. There is a dry concrete river bed that runs in Los Angeles in case there are floods. It will look familiar to viewers of films such as Grease the dry concrete river bed pops up a lot in movies.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. Being restored. Spent an Earth Day cleaning it up. It was unbelievable what we pulled out!

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Fremont, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Los Angeles River is an oddity. In the Long Beach area there is actually water. Due to the tidal flows from the Pacific Ocean, that part of the Los Angeles River has water. Further up, one finds a dry concrete river bed. In major floods, which is a rarity for the LA area, I have seen even these concrete... More 

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Los Alamitos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Kayaked the Los Angeles River today with George and crew from LA River Exhibitions. Weather was perfect, fun on the river, alot of rocks. By the way, they hold your car keys so they won't end up in the river. More rapids and rocks than I expected so fun in the rapids, not boring, can be a little difficult if... More 

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California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

I grew up in Los Angeles. I am still looking for the Los Angeles river. The LA river is a concrete drainage channel, nothing more. It is using for filing movies because it is concrete and can be driven in.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The L.A. river is a joke for the most part - however, in Elysian Valley just north of downtown, there are bike paths and greenery and alot of bird life. Cormorants, egrets, and herons live here and it being improved by the city all the time.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Probably only 2-4 miles long as scenic spot. Miles of wet open concrete thanks to brilliance of Army Engineering Corps. None theless-crayfish, water, trees, parks, herons, ducks, quiet ponds & rushing river from Burbank to the outskirts of downtown L.A.--walk it

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Not a native but a LONG-time resident of Los Angeles, realized over time that the terrain flash floods with the infrequent "torrential"(for Angelenos) rains, hence the Army Corps of Engineers concrete channels. While there are attempts to naturalize it and even now featuring kayak tours, the concrete ain't going away. Still, along a great part of the river, there are... More 

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La Canada, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The Los Angeles River is very very sad...years ago it was cemented up for flood control. The city is trying desperately to bring back small parts of it with an attempt to naturalize parts of it. However, no matter how many native plants that are introduced to the river bottom land, the sides are still concrete and the whole experience... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Do you mean the virtually dried up concrete bowl with who knows what in it? The old bridges over it have more life and character.

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