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Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery

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Great Family outing

The early Fall is the best time to visit the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Watching the fish (salmon) climb... read more

Reviewed March 17, 2015
Sacramento CA
If you want an education on Salmon and Trout, this is the place to visit

Not only can you watch the salmon swim upstream, and jump up the fish ladder, you get to watch the... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2015
McCall, Idaho
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2001 Nimbus Rd, Gold River, CA 95670-4504
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Reviewed March 17, 2015

The early Fall is the best time to visit the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Watching the fish (salmon) climb the ladders is a rare and awesome experience for both adults and children. Note: check out online for dates and times the ladders are open. Also, not...More

Thank connollybb
Reviewed March 13, 2015

Not only can you watch the salmon swim upstream, and jump up the fish ladder, you get to watch the fishermen fight with each other as they stand shoulder to shoulder trying to snag a fish. The real fun is walking around the hatchery where...More

Thank johnwP9095WU
Reviewed January 19, 2015

Learn about salmon and steelhead in the small, but informative visitor center then go outside to see the young fish in the holding tanks. You can feed them, too. During the fall you can see the salmon climb the ladders to come in to spawn...More

1  Thank Stephanie M
Reviewed January 6, 2015

I remember one year volunteering at something called Salmon Festival! It was at this Fish Hatchery! Amazing to watch the salmon to try go up the ladders to spawn! It may be struggle for them, no wonder after they mate, reproduce, they die! That October,...More

Thank Karyn C
Reviewed November 3, 2014

It is about the time Salmon will be "spawning' during November and a must to see. Go all the way to the fish hatchery at the dam. Lots of parking space. Take time to go through the hatchery. Go on the drive up Gold River...More

Thank Miles R
Reviewed September 29, 2014

It might not be all that exciting for most adults but it is a place you can take kids to learn and have fun too. It is 90% outdoors so dress accordingly and bring change for the fish food machines (a must!). Also try to...More

2  Thank PeaboJones
Reviewed August 19, 2014

The calm waters were ideal for stand up paddling! Kudos to the staff at the Aquatic Center for their fast and courteous service. Our first visit and surely not the last!

Thank Julia A
Reviewed July 23, 2014

The dam is not an impressive building, but very important for the city of Sacramento and the surrounding area. The nature around the lake is nicely.

1  Thank Sac-Muc
Reviewed June 30, 2014

During the Salmon run it is great to watch the fish come up the fish ladder to spawn. A wonderful guided nature river walk talks about the area around the the fish hatchery.

1  Thank Trecia T
Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Nimbus Dam is a great place for boating, relaxing, whatever. Take some time to visit the nearby California Department of Fish and Wildlife's salmon hatchery, and see how they grow the little fishies before dropping them into the river. CDFW has a little visitor's...More

1  Thank Caillou H
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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.