Los Angeles River

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The Los Angeles River (L.A. River) starts in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains and flows through Los Angeles County, California, from Canoga Park in the western end of the San Fernando Valley, nearly 51 mi southeast to its mouth in Long Beach.wikipedia
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Los Angeles County, California

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The Los Angeles River (L.A. River) starts in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains and flows through Los Angeles County, California, from Canoga Park in the western end of the San Fernando Valley, nearly 51 mi southeast to its mouth in Long Beach.
The Los Angeles River, Rio Hondo, the San Gabriel River and the Santa Clara River flow in Los Angeles County, while the primary mountain ranges are the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains.

San Fernando Valley

San Fernandothe ValleySan Fernando Valley, California
The Los Angeles River (L.A. River) starts in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains and flows through Los Angeles County, California, from Canoga Park in the western end of the San Fernando Valley, nearly 51 mi southeast to its mouth in Long Beach.
The Los Angeles River begins at the confluence of Calabasas Creek (Arroyo Calabasas) and Bell Creek (Escorpión Creek), between Canoga Park High School and Owensmouth Ave. (just north of Vanowen Street) in Canoga Park.

Bell Creek (Southern California)

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The Los Angeles River's official beginning is at the confluence of two channelized streams – Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas – in the Canoga Park section of the city of Los Angeles, just east of California State Route 27, at 34.1952°N, -118.60184°W (the east side of Canoga Park High School).
Bell Creek (also known as Escorpión Creek) is a 10 mi tributary of the Los Angeles River, in the Simi Hills of Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County and City, in Southern California.

Canoga Park, Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles River (L.A. River) starts in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains and flows through Los Angeles County, California, from Canoga Park in the western end of the San Fernando Valley, nearly 51 mi southeast to its mouth in Long Beach. The Los Angeles River's official beginning is at the confluence of two channelized streams – Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas – in the Canoga Park section of the city of Los Angeles, just east of California State Route 27, at 34.1952°N, -118.60184°W (the east side of Canoga Park High School).
The area of present-day Canoga Park was the homeland of Native Americans in the Tongva-Fernandeño and Chumash-Venturaño tribes, that lived in the Simi Hills and along to the tributaries of the Los Angeles River.

Aliso Creek (Los Angeles County)

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The river then bends slightly south and receives Aliso Canyon Wash, whose watershed adjoins that of Browns Canyon.
Aliso Creek (also Aliso Canyon Wash or Aliso Wash) is a major tributary of the Upper Los Angeles River in the Santa Susana Mountains in Los Angeles County and western San Fernando Valley in the City of Los Angeles, California.

Reseda, Los Angeles

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The river then flows through the district of Winnetka, then Reseda and enters the Sepulveda Basin, a flood-control reservoir formed by the Sepulveda Dam.
The area now known as Reseda, like much of Los Angeles County, originally was inhabited by Native Americans of the Tongva tribe who lived close to what is now known as the Los Angeles River.

Browns Canyon Wash

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From there the river flows east through a concrete flood control channel and very soon receives Browns Canyon Wash, which flows south from the Santa Susana Mountains.
Browns Canyon Wash, also known as Browns Canyon Creek, is a 10.3 mi tributary of the Los Angeles River in the Santa Susana Mountains of Los Angeles County and across the western San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California.

Sepulveda Dam

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The river then flows through the district of Winnetka, then Reseda and enters the Sepulveda Basin, a flood-control reservoir formed by the Sepulveda Dam.
The Sepulveda Dam is a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed to withhold winter flood waters along the Los Angeles River.

Simi Hills

The Los Angeles River (L.A. River) starts in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains and flows through Los Angeles County, California, from Canoga Park in the western end of the San Fernando Valley, nearly 51 mi southeast to its mouth in Long Beach. Bell Creek flows east from the Simi Hills, and Arroyo Calabasas flows north from the Santa Monica Mountains.
Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas are the headwaters of the Los Angeles River, by name its beginning with their confluence in nearby Canoga Park.

Santa Monica Mountains

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Bell Creek flows east from the Simi Hills, and Arroyo Calabasas flows north from the Santa Monica Mountains.
A number of creeks in the Santa Monica Mountains are part of the Los Angeles River watershed.

Canoga Park High School

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The Los Angeles River's official beginning is at the confluence of two channelized streams – Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas – in the Canoga Park section of the city of Los Angeles, just east of California State Route 27, at 34.1952°N, -118.60184°W (the east side of Canoga Park High School).
It is located at the start of the Los Angeles River, and adjacent to Topanga Canyon Boulevard to the west and Owensmouth Avenue to the east.

Tujunga Wash

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Paralleling U.S. Highway 101 briefly, it then veers southeast, away from the highway, and receives from the left the Tujunga Wash, one of its largest tributaries, which flows southwest and south from the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains.
It is a tributary of the Los Angeles River, providing about a fifth of its flow, and drains about 225 sqmi.

Burbank Western Channel

The river then rounds a bend to the northeast, now in a concrete box culvert, and crosses under State Route 170 and Highway 101, and receives Burbank Western Channel on the left bank, 39 mi from the mouth.
Burbank Western Channel (also known as Burbank Western Wash) is a 6.3 mi tributary of the Los Angeles River in the eastern San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, California.

Verdugo Wash

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It receives from the left Verdugo Wash, which drains much of La Cañada Flintridge and Glendale as it flows from the San Gabriel Mountains south through a water gap in the Verdugo Mountains, and crosses under State Route 134.
Verdugo Wash is a 9.4 mi tributary of the Los Angeles River, in the Glendale area of Los Angeles County, California.

Griffith Park

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It then crosses under Interstate 5 and makes a sharp bend to the south-southeast as it curves around Griffith Park.
After successfully investing in mining, Griffith J. Griffith purchased Rancho Los Feliz (near the Los Angeles River) in 1882 and started an ostrich farm there.

Riverside Drive (Los Angeles)

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Making two meanders as it flows in a southeasterly direction, the river parallels the interstate and Riverside Drive then crosses under the interstate and California State Route 110 as it flows east of Elysian Park.
It follows the course of the Los Angeles River.

La Cañada Flintridge, California

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It receives from the left Verdugo Wash, which drains much of La Cañada Flintridge and Glendale as it flows from the San Gabriel Mountains south through a water gap in the Verdugo Mountains, and crosses under State Route 134.
Both drainages join the Los Angeles River north of downtown Los Angeles.

Rio Hondo (California)

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Paralleling Interstate 710 south-southwest, the river then crosses under former California State Route 42 and the interstate as it receives the Rio Hondo from the left, 9 mi from the mouth.
The Rio Hondo (Spanish translation: "Deep River") is a tributary of the Los Angeles River in Los Angeles County, California, approximately 16.4 mi long.

San Gabriel River (California)

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The Rio Hondo (deep river) now serves as a distributary for the San Gabriel River to the east via the Whittier Narrows Reservoir.
It is the central of three major rivers draining the Greater Los Angeles Area, the others being the Los Angeles River and Santa Ana River.

Commerce, California

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It then makes a gradual turn east and then turns southeast, flowing a few miles before it begins to parallel Interstate 710 near Maywood, Bell, Cudahy, and Commerce, 20 mi from the mouth.
The Los Angeles River forms part of its southwestern boundary, and the Rio Hondo separates it from Downey.

San Gabriel Mountains

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Paralleling U.S. Highway 101 briefly, it then veers southeast, away from the highway, and receives from the left the Tujunga Wash, one of its largest tributaries, which flows southwest and south from the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains.
South of the gorge are the southern "foothills" of the mountains, which rise abruptly 4,000 ft above the Los Angeles Basin and give rise to the Arroyo Seco, a tributary of the Los Angeles River.

Compton Creek

After crossing under California State Route 91, it receives Compton Creek from the right, 2.7 mi from the mouth.
Compton Creek is a major tributary of the Los Angeles River in and surrounding Compton in Los Angeles County, California.

Interstate 105 (California)

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The river then crosses under I-105 and shifts slightly southwest, then flows east of Compton and west of Bellflower.
It proceeds generally eastward from there on, crossing the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers before terminating just east of the San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate 605) in western Norwalk.

Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles County)

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It then receives the Arroyo Seco, another major tributary, from the left.
It ends at the confluence with the Los Angeles River near Elysian Park, north of Dodger Stadium and Downtown Los Angeles.

Cudahy, California

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It then makes a gradual turn east and then turns southeast, flowing a few miles before it begins to parallel Interstate 710 near Maywood, Bell, Cudahy, and Commerce, 20 mi from the mouth.
This arrangement, popular in the towns along the lower Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers, proved particularly attractive to the Southerners and Midwesterners who were leaving their struggling farms in droves in the 1910s and 1920s to start new lives in Southern California.