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27 Aug 2017
“Runs Through the Basin”
10 Aug 2017
“Still not much of an attraction”
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.
2960 Marsh St, Los Angeles, CA 90039-2911
Central L.A
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Most Helpful Positive Review
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...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
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.

1  Thank AucklandWiz
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Reviewed August 27, 2017

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 interesting areas, but I have never seen them. Still a landmark.

1  Thank Thomas V
Reviewed August 10, 2017

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 the actual riverbed, which is...More

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Reviewed November 5, 2016

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 the bridge by the LA River. We...More

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Reviewed October 13, 2016

Rattlesnake Park, a large section of the Los Angeles River is a great place to walk, jog, ride a bicycle, and fish! This area, which is just north-east of downtown L.A. has been cleaned up and a safe place to see an actual river -...More

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Reviewed June 17, 2016

The Los Angeles River is a famous drainage channel that goes from north to south in LA. It has appeared in many movies and video games and has become a famous icon of the city. It is not especially pretty to look at, but nevertheless,...More

1  Thank Ynhockey
Reviewed December 5, 2015

The LA River is definitely no Seine, Tiber or Thames as it's usually just a dry bed or trickle of water hemmed in by huge unsightly concrete walled flood channel walls. Best seen when passing over a bridge or if in the Vernon area. I've...More

1  Thank David B L
Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

I drove down to the alas river to take some shots from the bridges and then found an access tunnel under the 4th street bridge. You can then drive down onto the concrete and take some awesome shots from the river level. Tip: In the...More

1  Thank AndrewS666_666
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...More

1  Thank PrestonGuild
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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Reviewed October 1, 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...More

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