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Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery

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Entertainment at a Bargain.

If you have overly-energetic kids this is the place to go. There is no admission fee and the kids... read more

Reviewed April 21, 2015
Fair Oaks, California, United States
Always a fun day

The Fish Hatchery is a small but fun and informative outing for all ages. Just off the American... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2015
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2001 Nimbus Rd, Gold River, CA 95670-4504
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Reviewed May 18, 2015

Family and I saw the hatchery "process video" and were mortified to see an actual harvesting of eggs which meant the killing of a female salmon Just thought I would chime in before you take your kids

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank 3xplosiv3
Reviewed April 21, 2015

If you have overly-energetic kids this is the place to go. There is no admission fee and the kids can see all the fishes swimming in the holding tanks. Fish food pellets are available and they get a kick from feeding them. There is a...More

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank Explorer953
Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Fish Hatchery is a small but fun and informative outing for all ages. Just off the American River Bike Trail, it is a good destination for a bike ride. The Rangers in the information center are always ready to share their knowledge. The early...More

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank Accka
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

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank Becky C
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

Date of experience: September 2014
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

Date of experience: December 2014
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

Date of experience: October 2014
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

Date of experience: November 2014
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

Date of experience: October 2013
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!

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank Julia A
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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.