Watt Avenue

This American River access point is a popular take-out spot for rafters, canoeists and kayakers. Fishing is popular here, though swimming and wading are also popular, they should be done with great care in this area. A small ramp makes launching and take-out easy.

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.

Watt Avenue Access is conveniently located just off busy Watt Ave. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of the mysterious “rock artist” who leaves piles of rocks in decorative patterns that can be seen from the street above. Or maybe a tailgate lunch and a raft, canoe or kayak trip is in order. If it’s fishing season, find a shady spot beside the river and relax and enjoy this favorite outdoor sport.

Watt Avenue Access, a wild coyote shares the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail with park goers. [Photo By Ed Homich]
Watt Avenue Access, a wild coyote shares the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail with park goers. Photo By Ed Homich
Activities

  • 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

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