American River Parkway - Watt Avenue Access


Watt Avenue Access is conveniently located just off busy Watt Ave. If it’s fishing season, find a shady spot beside the river and relax and enjoy this favorite outdoor sport. Enjoy your stay at the convenient, riverside location off Watt Avenue!

Fast Facts:

  • The Watt Avenue access point is a perfect example of the proximity of the river to the urban environment.

How to Get There:

From U.S. Highway 50, take the Watt Avenue North exit. Stay in the right lane and exit at La Riviera Drive. Make a left at the end of the La Riviera ramp, and then make a right into the park’s gates.

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  • The Watt Avenue Access is a popular take-out spot for rafters, canoeists and kayakers. Leave one car upstream, then another at the other end of your expedition at Watt Avenue. A small ramp makes launching and take-out easy.
  • Fishing is popular here due to the range of shallow and deep
    water. Swimming and wading are also popular, but should be
    done with great care in this area. Swimmers enter the river
    at their own risk.

Hours and Fees:

The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Parking fees are collected year-round, even on special event days and on weekends.

Park Fees:

  • $5 Vehicle
  • $3 Small Watercraft Launch Fee
  • $10 Vehicle + Trailer or Oversized Vehicle  (over 22 feet)
  • $20 Bus

Special Event fees vary by event.
Self-payment is required if no fee collector is present.

Picnics Allowed: Yes

Additional Information:

Not at this time