Kayaking down the Los Angeles River

Photographer Rick Loomis, videographer Sachi Cunningham and reporter Louis Sahgun explored an 8-mile portion of the 51-mile Los Angeles River. Read the full story, watch the video.

Excerpt from the story — Environmental activist George Wolfe has always believed the best way to know a river is to kayak it. So when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently designated the entire Los Angeles River a “traditional navigable waterway,” he organized an expedition.

Toting a waterproof first-aid kit and a sack of binoculars, Wolfe led seven people clad in T-shirts, shorts, sun hats and life vests to a lush, eight-mile stretch of river bottom near Griffith Park known as the Glendale Narrows.