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Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns the Los Angeles River?

The Los Angeless County Flood Control District holds an easement over the river and the roadway adjacent to it on both sides for flood control purposes.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides flood control operations and maintenance services in the river. The city of Los Angeles possesses rights to the river’s water.  The MRCA owns and manages parks along the river.  The MRCA administers the L.A. River Recreation Zone in the Elysian Valley and Sepulveda Basin which allows for kayaking, and fishing in the river in the designated zones during favorable conditions in the summer.