Really. The Los Angeles River is safe to paddle now that it is protected by the Clean Water Act. Plants and aquatic life have reappeared at the bend of the Glendale Narrows where the high water table has left a soft dirt bottom.
You and a friend may be one of the first to paddle in this beautiful area called Elysian Valley. Bike to the put in point, then return via kayak on the 2.5 mile course.