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Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery

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Good family outing

You have to go when the salmon are running and then it is a great place to take the kids. The... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2016
Gold River, California
Observe nature and learn about life cycles

Fall is the best time of year to go to the fish hatchery, when they have the fish ladder out... read more

Reviewed October 17, 2016
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed October 19, 2016

You have to go when the salmon are running and then it is a great place to take the kids. The hatchery crew have a great tour and explain everything. It's also great fun to watch the salmon work their way up the fish ladder....More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank DonQuixote2016
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Fall is the best time of year to go to the fish hatchery, when they have the fish ladder out, diverting salmon to jump up the steps and enter the hatchery's holding ponds. Call to check dates and times of tours to get the full...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Krystin123
Reviewed September 25, 2016

This is not a Disneyland type activity, but an excellent "classroom" for kids (from 3 to 80+) to learn about the life cycle of salmon and trout. The hatchery raises the young fish from eggs, to when they are old enough for release and to...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Germanlady99
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

Date of experience: April 2016
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

Date of experience: July 2016
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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

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank gnowhb
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

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank Sylvia232323
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.

Date of experience: June 2016
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

Date of experience: May 2016
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.

Date of experience: October 2015
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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.