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“Up close and personal with the fish”

Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery
Reviewed February 3, 2018

It is nice to be able to wander around and get right next to the fish holding areas. We were lucky enough to be there during feeding time and it was fun to watch the fish react to the food truck. It is on a beautiful section of the river with geese and ducks everywhere. The best part is it is free.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Mitch M
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Reviewed January 31, 2018

We visited as a family for several times over the past years.
Best time of the year is around November. It's when the mommy salmon swim upstream.
It's amazing to see them leap upward through the fish ladder.
The small museum offers free fish food for visitors to feed the baby salmon and trout.
We usually save 2+hours or half a day for this place.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Helen C
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Every time we went bike riding on the American Bike Trail with the kids we stopped and fed the young fish that were in these huge pools that are vertical not round. And there is the salmon run where you can see them go up the ladders.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank greybearder
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Reviewed December 1, 2017

The grand kids loved it feeding the fish running around seeing the fish climb the fish ladder we stayed for three hours

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Dale W
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Reviewed November 12, 2017

During the salmon run up the American River, the fish ladder right in front of the Lake Natoma Dam offers a great view of some very large fish climbing up the fish ladder to the fishery. There they are filets waiting to have their eggs stripped, to bring more new fish to the hatchery for planting back into the river. This happens every Fall in October and November, and it's well worth the trip (off Hazel Avenue at Highway 50) to see this cycle of life on the river. The filets are handed over to charitable organizations to feed those who need it, so nothing is wasted. Great experience for the kids and adults from out of town who've never been exposed to anything like this. There's an excellent interpretive display inside the building.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank porsche74s
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