American River Parkway - William B. Pond Recreation Area


William B. Pond recreation area is one of the most well established and popular parks along the river. Physically handicapped anglers can access the large, man-made fishing pond via a specialized fishing pier and ramp. Paved walking trails gently slope around the park, leaving no barrier between enjoyment of nature and every park visitor.

Fast Facts:

  • This area was named after the first Regional Parks Director, William B. Pond
  •  Harold Richey Memorial Bridge connects this site with River Bend Park

How to Get There:

From U.S. Highway 50, take the Watt Avenue northbound off-ramp. Turn right at Fair Oaks Blvd., then make another right on Arden Way. Arden Way will come to an end at the park’s entrance. To access the western entrance of the park, from the Watt Avenue off-ramp, take American River Drive east and turn right on Harrington Way.

View William B. Pond Recreation Area Map​


  • This park connects with the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, and is an excellent spot to rest for a picnic lunch in the comfortable group picnic areas.
  • Anglers and nature lovers will find much to do at William B. Pond. A large, man-made fishing pond stocked with trout and catfish and home to bass, bluegill and tule perch will excite fishing enthusiasts.
  • Educators and outdoorsy types will find many habitats to explore, from riparian (riverside) forests and warm ponds to fields and swift, chilly rapids.

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. Special Event fees vary by event.

Park Fees:

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

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

Picnics Allowed:Yes

Additional Information:

Not at this time 

Kiosk at William Land park image