Canoeing

There are several lakes in and around Los Angeles where you can go canoeing. These lakes like Hansen Dam, Echo Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, and Hollenbeck Lake (www.laparks.org) probably won’t satisfy the boater seeking a wild outdoor adventure, but are great for families with younger children looking for an affordable, day-long excursion. These public lakes usually allow other activities like swimming, fishing and the use of remote control boats, so little ones shouldn’t have time to get bored. Not all of the lakes around Los Angeles are open year-round, so it’s a good idea to call ahead of time to find out. For those interested in a more scenic trip, there are several canoeing options further outside of the city. Mono Lake (www.monolake.org), for instance, is about a five and a half hour drive from Los Angeles, and is one of the oldest lakes on the continent. There are guided canoe tours available in the summer.

The large population of South Pacific peoples in LA has influenced many to take up competitive outrigger canoeing. The Southern California Outrigger Racing Association (www.socaloutrigger.org) organises several competitive events each year and maintains a list of clubs in the region.

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