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:

  • $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.
Self-payment is required if no fee collector is present.

Picnics Allowed: Yes

Additional Information:

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