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George Wolfe canoes over a small rapid in the L.A. River | Photo by Tom Andrews, who documented a three day trip down the 51-mile waterway

As seen here yesterday, the first kayaking trip on the L.A. River since it was deemed "navigable" by the federal government was caught on video. Exciting as that is, the legality of holding such an urban adventure is still in a gray area.

Currently, the Army Corp of Engineers and L.A. County's Department of Public Works will not approve or deny permits seeking access to the river because they are awaiting clarification on the issue. When all is said and done -- and who knows when that will be -- parts of the river will be accessible for recreation while others parts may be closed off for habitat regrowth and other environmental reasons (but that's just our guess).

For river activist George Wolfe, who has led the river expeditions, a recreational river will be up to the people of Los Angeles and surrounding cities.