LA River Right-of-Way
The LA River right-of-way facilitates access by the LA County Flood Control District (LACFCD) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to operate and maintain the river channel.
It includes the entirety of the LA River channel as well as areas immediately adjacent to the channel banks. These adjacent areas are called “landside.” As part of the process to update the LA River Master Plan, the right-of-way was mapped in greater detail using aerial photography and parcel ownership records. There are over 2,300 acres of land in the right-of-way, including over 550 acres of landside area and 1,740 acres within the river channel.
Along the river, the width of the right-of-way varies. Nearly three quarters of the river has a landside area greater than 12 feet wide. However, about 16.5% of the river has no landside area, which makes access to the channel difficult in those areas. While it is essential that maintenance remain uninhibited, in certain areas open space in the right of way could be redesigned to also provide trails, access, recreation, or habitat.