William Land Park

Easy to Locate?

Dog-Friendly?

Easy to Walk?

FREE?

Adequate Parking?

Restroom Facilities?

Yes

 Yes

Yes

Yes

Usually

 Yes

This is a sprawling dog-friendly park with an adjacent golf course and three distinct duck ponds that play host to a variety of local ducks, geese and vultures, along with some fancy seasonal visitors like green herons, blue herons, tufted cormorants, egrets,  merganser ducks, and coots.  There aren’t a lot of paths (paved or otherwise) but the grassy, sometimes wild-flower laden laws are relatively level throughout.  Fishing is allowed in the larger ponds (with a permit), as is picnicking and other like activities. Free admission; easy lawns to walk over.  Lots of photo-opportunities.  There are restrooms near the two larger ponds.

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This is one of my favorite places to walk all year round.  It’s adjacent to the WPA Rock Garden and the Sacramento Zoo, and also encompasses a smaller garden with a tribute to local agriculture.  The three duck ponds are spread out over different parts of the park: a small pond which hosts a lot of crayfish, a medium sized pond which is home to a wide variety of fish (including some silver and golden carp) and provides space for local ducks and geese to swim and feed.  In the springtime this pond also acts as a nursery to baby ducklings and goslings.  The third pond has a small island in the middle of it.  Watch the trees for herons, egrets and vultures; and watch the edges of the pond for families of pond turtles.  In the early spring the cherry trees in bloom around this pond are gorgeous; and in the fall you can see samples of sulfur shelf fungus (also called “Chicken of the Forest”) growing on some of the eucalyptus trees surrounding the park.  Oh, and when it’s mating season for the Mallard Ducks, you can see the males circle and dance for the females!

Although the park is large, you can see the whole thing and visit all of the pond within a few hours.

How to Get to the Park:

It’s hard to miss the William Land Park once you get near it.  It takes up acreage between Land Park Drive, Sutterville Road and Freeport Blvd., and is accessible from I5 (take the Sutterville Road exit).  There is some parking on the street, but if you drive around to where the zoo and Fairy Tale Town children’s park are, you can find a series of small parking lots that usually provide plenty of parking (unless there’s a special event going on).  For Google mapping type in: 3800 S Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822.

William Land Park. Thanks to Google Maps for this image.
William Land Park. Thanks to Google Maps for this image.