I live in Los Angeles and have just started up in this sport. I did an intro moonlight paddle in the Marina with REI and another up near Sacramento. I have bought a used Skerray and Perception Whiplash(whitewater and too squirley for me yet), I did a little run in the small boat on the American and found I need to take some instruction there. Now I took it to a small damned lake(Castaic) but they charged me 12.00 to park the car and 5.00 to launch. This isn't Polo, I think I should be able to find spots that are reasonable, the American was 5.00 and 1.00. Can anyone suggest some places?