William Pond Recreation Area

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Located off of Arden Way, 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.

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. William B. Pond Recreation Area is named in honor of the first director of the County of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation. Mr. Pond intended the American River Parkway to be a place where all people could recreate and enjoy nature’s bounty, and this park is one of the better examples of his realized goal. The Harold Richey Memorial Bridge connects this site with River Bend Park. Educators and outdoorsy types will find many habitats to explore, from riparian (riverside) forests and warm ponds to fields and swift, chilly rapids. Lessons on history and natural history can be found on an interpretive kiosk near the bike trail. In the late fall, spawning fish can provide their own lessons on the nature of life and death.


  • 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.