Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery, Gold River

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#656 of 1,207 in Outdoors in California
Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery is located in Gold River. To visit Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery on your holiday in Gold River, and find out what else Gold River has to offer, use our Gold River trip itinerary tool .
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  • The fish hatchery is an awesome place to visit. I have visited it several times and I did just this month. Even though there are no fish right now it is great o see the river so high and flowing so we...  more »
  • This is a great weekend stop on The American River Parkway for a long or short hike to clear your mind and recreate.  more »
  • We love visiting the hatchery. The hatchery offers a free toddler story and craft time during the cooler months (too hot in summer). We love watching the fish jumping up the ladder during salmon seaso...  more »
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  • This place has become my daughter's favorite spot. And the best part is this place is free and you can bring visitors too. And a great learning experience for the adults and the children. You can walk up and down the fish runs watching the young salmon learning to swim upstream. For just 25 cents, you can get a cupful of fish food. You can watch the young fish leap and splash to get the food. Also, if you are looking for something more exciting and want to bone up on your salmon facts you can drop into the visitors center. The guy at the visitor center was very helpful and give us hints when to come next time for salmon season and gave us in depth history about the place. There is also a play area with a giant salmon that kids can climb and my daughter and her friend enjoyed playing peekaboo. Definitely going back again with my kids.
  • Convenient place to park for free when you are jumping on the bike trail but you want to stay close to the major roads, not along the river access points which are not monitored.
  • Nice place! You can feed the fish there and you learn a lot. In the right season, you can even see the salmon climbing the fish ladder, or see the fish spawning. Used to go there for field trips or for fun all the time as a kid. They also have a nice visitor's center. However, the price of the fish food has gone up from a nickel for some food to a quarter, and the portions have gotten smaller as well. So if you're planning to feed the fish, remember to bring quarters! The staff there are all very helpful and polite. Great place to bring the kids!
  • Feeding the baby fish is fun but they need more activities for younger kids, some shady areas, play place with more learning hands on interaction
  • This is one of my favorite places to take my kids. On one hand it's sad that we have to do this in order to keep these beautiful fish alive, on the other hand, it sure is awesome to watch them climb the fish ladder.

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