L.A. River Recreation Zones to Open Memorial Day

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles River recreation zones in the Elysian Valley and the Sepulveda Basin will open for their sixth season today.

Activities such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing and bird watching will all be open to the public from sunrise to sunset through Sept. 30, except during and after inclement weather or other adverse conditions, according to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

``We are looking forward to another great season,'' MRCA Chief Ranger Fernando Gomez said. ``We urge everyone to check out the website www.lariverrecreation.org to find out about river conditions, weather and closure information. You can also learn about how to access the river, and outfitters who provide guided tours or rent kayaks.''

In addition to managing the recreation zones, the MRCA said it will continue its tradition of working with local nonprofits such as Community Nature Connection, Mujeres de la Tierra, and Los Angeles Conservation Corps to provide free trips to underserved youth and adults.

``Everyone needs to remember to take safety precautions when going out on the river,'' Gomez said. ``You must wear a personal flotation device. Use sunscreen and drink plenty of water.''

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