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Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery

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Great Learning Place

I've always enjoyed going here. A great learning experience for EVERYONE especialy when the salmon... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2018
Great place to visit and it's FREE!

The Chinook salmon were still running up the fish ladders so we took a look. It's interesting to... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2018
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2001 Nimbus Rd, Gold River, CA 95670-4504
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Reviewed 3 days ago

get here during salmon spawning and experience the fish ladders the harvest and the holding tanks of fingerlings. something for everyone. mouthwatering for some cultures, interesting for others...

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Michael F
Reviewed 14 December 2018

I've always enjoyed going here. A great learning experience for EVERYONE especialy when the salmon run in the late summer, early fall. "So THATS how they do that!" Last I was aware, it was free.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank petediurni
Reviewed 12 December 2018

The Chinook salmon were still running up the fish ladders so we took a look. It's interesting to see the salmon going up the ladders, walk through the rearing ponds and see the trout, and of course see the visitor center. And it's all free....More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank rodneyk601
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Nimbus Flat has a nice swimming area, and there are sailboats, kayaks, a SUPS for rent. The beach and water aren't super clean because of all the ducks and geese there, but there is lots of shade because of the big tree's and there are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank seashoregal05
Reviewed 19 July 2018

A terrific place to watch fish being raised, good view of the dam, the river, fish being released at certain times, just a nise stop if you are out driving or bicycling along the American River Trail. The inside is not always open and available...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Dennis Y
Reviewed 4 February 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...More

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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Helen C
Reviewed 5 January 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...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank greybearder
Reviewed 2 December 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
Reviewed 13 November 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...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank porsche74s
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20 March 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
5 October 2015|
Response from Devin S | Reviewed this property |
No idea. Sorry.