If you haven't heard of Frogtown—or have heard of it but never been—you're not alone. Not only is the riverside neighborhood a small and mostly residential part of L.A., but it used to be more commonly known as Elysian Valley. In recent years, the name Frogtown has stuck, getting its alias from the amphibious creatures that hopped throughout the nabe until the 1970s. It's now a hotbed of activity, where visitors and residents bike along the L.A. River, post up at a number of excellent coffee shops, and visit the local brewery. Check out our favorite spots with this handy guide to Frogtown.
A guide to Frogtown
Get to know this up-and-coming neighborhood with our guide to Frogtown restaurants, breweries, coffee shops and parks
Check out our favorite Frogtown spots
There's plenty of space to bike alongside the river, but what about kayaking in it? During the summer, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority allows the public to use two designated areas to walk, fish, and use non motorized and steerable boats such as kayaks. The Elysian Valley zone, between Fletcher Avenue and the 5, is open from May 30 to September 25. The zone resides in the Glendale Narrows, the only channelized section of the river with a non-concrete bottom. As a result, you'll find trees and grassy islands growing in the middle of the river. It's a relatively swift-moving section of the river, with Class I and II rapids; because of the stronger current in the Elysian Valley zone, you can only launch from Rattlesnake Park and take the kayak out at a sandbar down the river, just north of the 5.
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