Boat Race Helps Reveal L.A. River's Charms


August 29, 2014 - ...So the news that outdoor enthusiasts are holding the first-ever boat race there surprised some — including late-night host Conan O’Brien.

“Next weekend Los Angeles is holding its first river boat race. Yeah. All that’s missing is a river in Los Angeles – with water,” O’Brien quipped recently.

But in 2011, authorities opened up recreation zones and allowed kayakers to traverse a short stretch of the river.

Several outdoor outfitters have cropped up in the last few years to meet the growing demand from Angelenos and visitors wanting to rediscover the Los Angeles River.