North Davis Ponds

There’s a long greenbelt there that abuts a residential area and encompasses two ponds.  The smaller one is in a small park with a play area in it, and the larger one is a storm water retention basin now called the Julie Partansky Pond, named after a former mayor for the City of Davis. Collectively, the ponds are referred to as the “North Davis Ponds”. Altogether, the greenbelt and ponds makeup about 29 acres. 

• Easy to Locate? Yes
• Pet Friendly? Yes. Dogs must be on a leash!
• Easy to Walk? Yes. Walkways are paved and maintained.
• Is there a Fee? No
• Are there Restrooms? Yes
• Is there Accessible Parking? Yes
• Other Notes: This park is right next to a residential area, so you are required to keep noise levels down at all times.

See my FLICKR account for more albums of photos taken at this location .

Walkers can enjoy this dog-friendly park year round. There is a manicured lawn area for picnics and a play area for children, and sidewalks along the fenced in storm water retention basin. There are also some benches and viewing platforms that let you see a bit more of the basin. The water levels in the basin area vary depending on rainfall. It’sin here where you can see more of the wildlife.

The sidewalk also run alongside a residential area with lots of trees, so it makes for a pleasant well-shaded walk in the summer months. Remember, that this is a RESIDENTIAL AREA, so you’re required to keep noise to a minimum at all times.

How to Get There:

From the City of Woodland:

  • Take County Road 102 south (heading toward the foothills)
  • At County Road 29, turn RIGHT
  • At County Road 101A, turn LEFT
  • At Anderson Road, turn RIGHT
  • The Northstar Park will come up on your left.
  • There is a marked parking lot where you can park your car. The restroom facility is right next to that. Parking is at 3500 Anderson Road, Davis, CA.

For further information and latest sightings at the ponds see the Friends of North Davis Ponds Facebook page.

As an Aside:

In April and May of 2020, a young Black Bear was spotted at the park. Sadly, the bear did not survive its encounter with humans. It was hit and killed on Highway 113 north of Davis. These photos were taken of it at the ponds in April.

Travels of a Certified California Naturalist