The Los Angeles River

The LA River passes through downtown Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles River is called a river though it looks more like a concrete sewer. It starts in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains then cuts through the San Fernando Valley passing Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks and Studio City. It flows beneath freeways, past train yards, through Griffith Park and downtown before moving toward Long Beach where it merges with the Pacific Ocean. The river is 51 miles long and carries 60 million gallons of water a…



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Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.