On our to-do list: Taking a kayak down the Los Angeles River. We caught a glimpse of folks on kayaks in Elysian Valley during a recent bike ride in the area. Check out LA River Kayak Safari for more info. But here are the basics:
Elysian Valley involves both bikes and kayaks. A bit more physically challenging and adventurous than Sepulveda with several small rapids. The route is 2.5 miles, all downstream. Lots of nature but also urban culture. About 3.5 – 4 hours including bikes and detailed instruction.
The Elysian Valley/Frogtown portion of the River is some of the most scenic, with trees, a dirt bottom and plenty of wildlife. I imagine there are portions of the ride where you forget you're even in Los Angeles. A few more pics from our most recent bike trip next to the river: