American River Parkway - Howe Avenue River Access


Howe Avenue Access is located down river from California State University, Sacramento and near Highway 50. Despite its closeness to the road, the river’s clay banks and riverside vegetation give it a wild feel.

Fast Facts:

  • Here, the multi-use trail joins with a flood-control levee, giving a first-hand look at the measures Sacramento must take to keep the river in its banks, and some of County Parks’ unique partnerships.

How to Get There:

Howe Avenue is easy to access from U.S. Highway 50. Simply take the Howe Ave. off-ramp and head north. Turn right immediately onto La Riviera Drive. Follow the La Riviera off-ramp straight to the park’s entrance.

View Howe Avenue River Access Map​


  • The water of the Howe Avenue Access looks inviting, but swimming and diving are not encouraged. Swimmers must be careful to follow water safety precautions if they choose to swim in this often-cold, fast-moving water.
  • A car-top launch allows small boats and rafts to be launched into the American River.
  • The Jedediah Smith Memorial Multi-use Trail snakes along just across the Howe Avenue bridge from the Access, which offers restroom facilities and a drinking fountain to weary riders

Hours and Fees:

The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Parking fees are collected year-round, and self-payment is required if no fee collector is present.

Park Fees:

  • $7 Vehicle
  • $13 Vehicles with Trailer (ex. Boat or Horse) or RV
  • $28​ Bus
  • Vehicle fees increase over Summer Holiday Weekends.

Special Event fees vary by event.

Picnics Allowed: Yes

Additional Information:

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