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Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery

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Beach day at the Flat

Nimbus Flat has a nice swimming area, and there are sailboats, kayaks, a SUPS for rent. The beach... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Roseville, California
Nimbus hatchery

A terrific place to watch fish being raised, good view of the dam, the river, fish being released... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2018
Dennis Y
Citrus Heights, California
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2001 Nimbus Rd, Gold River, CA 95670-4504
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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

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Reviewed 18 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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank porsche74s
Reviewed 12 November 2017

really fun to catch fish by the dam. Whenever i go, i always catch at least one. For me this is like the only spot that i would recommend to catch salmon.

1  Thank Gabriel D
Reviewed 19 April 2017

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 well. The hatchery is...More

Thank ryj706
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great weekend stop on The American River Parkway for a long or short hike to clear your mind and recreate.

Thank Ed O
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19 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.