LA Harbor exploration

A self-supported trip created by jordanlongla

Trip Overview

I launch from here daily, from the super easy boat launch that is mostly quiet during the week. This spot serves as a great parking and starting location for paddling the entire harbor, including the inlets going all the way thru to Long Beach. Be safe as the port is very busy with container ships and fishing vessels, as well as the San Pedro Marina just next to the launch. I see dolphins and sea lions very often, but most of the sight seeing is industrial. Two battle ships and a prison on Terminal Island also provide some floating vessel only views. There's also a number of places you can paddle to for a lunch break once you get up into Willmington and LBC.

Safety Notes

Stay to the right and be aware of all boat traffic. The pilot boats and harbor police will come after you if you make a mistake. Also stay at least 100 feet away from the prison wall as that can get you in trouble as well.

Gear Notes

Bring a light in case fog rolls in.


The water is mostly calm, but once the wind picks up it can get extremely difficult in open water. Be aware of weather.

Portage Notes

Except for the Pedro boat launch, the rest are floating docks. Bring a tie rope if you plan stop for lunch.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 10/1/2020
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddling, Kayak Fishing
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean
  • Number of Portages: 4

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