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Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery

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Educational but need some patience for reading

It is a great hatchery half a hour away from Sacramento, much more accessible than all other... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2016
Cupertino, California
Great Place to Take the Kids

This is good low cost fun for the whole family. You can feed the salmon and the trout. Salmon are... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2016
Saint Louis, Missouri
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2001 Nimbus Rd, Gold River, CA 95670-4504
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Reviewed August 1, 2016

It is a great hatchery half a hour away from Sacramento, much more accessible than all other hatchery that I know. It is at its best when Salmon come back through the fish ladder to spawn (probably sometime around Sept ?). For other seasons, you...More

Thank David2012C
Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

This is good low cost fun for the whole family. You can feed the salmon and the trout. Salmon are pretty small but the trout are bigger so kids love to see both. There's lots of information available on the inside and a small pay...More

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Reviewed July 6, 2016

We had a morning to kill some time before the aquatic center opened so thought we'd come here to check it out. We didn't have any expectations and just thought the kids could learn something from visiting. The visitor's center is interesting and well laid...More

Thank Luckydog28
Reviewed June 26, 2016

You get more than you pay for here--especially is you go at the right time of year. Check their website for calendar details and call ahead to be certain of current activities, but any time of year, it's an interesting, well-planned site -free to all....More

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Reviewed June 15, 2016

I love lake Natoma but it is also worthwhile to visit the hatchery and the dam. Both are interesting places and you can learn a lot about water and fisheries in California.

Thank Frank E
Reviewed June 8, 2016

This fish hatchery was very educational and interesting to see how the fish are raised and learn about how they grow. There is fish food available to feed the young fish in the pens. There was a couple of groups of kids on Field trips...More

Thank 550laurief
Reviewed March 22, 2016

This is a great place to take the children to see how things work in a natural setting. Love to see the salmon migrating.

Thank Mommason4
Reviewed February 8, 2016

Every year we go to Gold River to view the Cal Crew in great racing. The park and Nimbus is easy walk and bike area. Good acocmodations nearby and lots of good restaurants.

Thank Garry D
Reviewed January 2, 2016

Very nice facility if you are inclined to such things. I most definitely am. Be sure to call ahead if you want to view the seasonal harvesting of the eggs. We missed it, which was perfectly okay with my wife. And be very careful crossing...More

Thank lesj835
Reviewed December 30, 2015

We brought our 3 and 5 year old grandkids to see the fish at the Nimbus Dam Fish Hatchery. They enjoyed seeing and feeding the fish. In addition, there is a play area with a large fish. The visitor center is interesting as well

Thank Richard K
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March 19, 2018|
Response from porsche74s | Reviewed this property |
The fish only run up the ladder in September and October of each year, where the smelt are removed and the fish cleaned for distribution to homeless shelters etc. In March it is still interesting to see the tanks full of... More
Mark H
October 4, 2015|
Response from Devin S | Reviewed this property |
No idea. Sorry.