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POV Videos: Paddling Down The Los Angeles River (Legally) For The First Time

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We've been pretty excited about the new 2.5-mile stretchof the Los Angeles River that opened up last weekend. We shared photos of Angelenos enjoying this stretch of the river for the first time since the river was channelized in the 1930s. But a few intrepid readers shared some videos of what it's actually like to paddle downstream in a canoe or a kayak.

Christopher Lockett strapped a GoPro to the bow of the canoe and sent us a 5-minute video of his ride that features a very placid river. He writes, "This is a deeper water section. Very rocky trip otherwise. A lot of portaging, a lot of walking, a lot of getting stuck on rocks. But still worth doing now that it's legal."

We also have another LAist reader Malcolm MacDonald who said he was inspired to kayak down the river with his son after being inspired by our photos. This section of river they paddled down look a little bit choppier (it starts out with photos and there's music, too):

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