William B. Pond Park

The William B. Pond Park is part of the American River Parkway and across the river from the American River Bend Park. It’s a large manicured park with lots of picnic areas, access to a boardwalk and viewing platform, the American River, and the Jedediah Smith bike trail .

Easy to Locate? Yes
Pet Friendly? Yes. Dogs MUST be on a leash
Easy to Walk? Yes.
Is there a Fee? You can get a day-pass at the kiosk by the front gate or get an annual pass which is good for all Sacramento County parks along the American River Parkway.
Are there Restrooms? Yes.
Is there Accessible Parking? Yes
Other Notes: Watch out for the cyclists; they generally don’t stop for pedestrians.

See my FLICKR account for more albums of photos taken at this location throughout the last several years.

I don’t go to this park often because it’s “too manicured” for my taste. I like nature parks developed primarily for nature not for humans. But, I do go out here in the early mornings to watch for otters in the river; and I also like to go here in the summer to look for galls on the oak tees.

How to Get to the Park

The Park is located at:
5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA 95608
Phone: (916) 875-6961
CLICK HERE for the park’s official website

From Sacramento:

• From Highway 50 East exit on Watt Avenue
• Turn LEFT onto Watt Avenue
• Take Watt Avenue to Fair Oaks Blvd.
• Turn RIGHT onto Fair Oaks Blvd.
• Take Fair Oaks Blvd. to Arden Way
• Turn RIGHT onto Arden Way
• Take Arden Way through residential areas until it ends at the gate to the park. Drive into the park and pay the fee at the kiosk

Travels of a Certified California Naturalist