Though cement for much of its course, there are some wild areas locally.
Check out the Encino Patch kayaking video (July 29, 2012)
Summer - 2016: The river has been opened for more recreational uses in the area near Balbao Blvd. bridge. Signage explains acceptable usage. (Mouse over the sign on the right to enlarge.) Access changes by season and year.
The pictures below show the river from Balboa Blvd