Howe Avenue

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Howe Avenue River Access, though the river looks inviting it is deep and swift so swimming and diving are not encouraged.

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.

Howe Avenue Access, proximity to California State University, Sacramento and many businesses make it an ideal location to enjoy the American River. Despite being close to the road, the river’s clay banks and riverside vegetation give it a wild feel. Here, the bike 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 Park’s unique partnerships.


  • 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 Bike Trail snakes along just across the Howe Avenue bridge from the Access, which offers restroom facilities and a drinking fountain to weary riders.