Nimbus Fish Hatchery

The Visitor Center, raceway ponds, and play areas are currently closed to the public. The parking lot and River Discovery Trail are open until 3:00 p.m. daily, but access is limited due to construction on the fish ladder.

Located in eastern Sacramento County, Nimbus Hatchery raises Chinook salmon and steelhead for release to the American River. The Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center offers fun and educational activities for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy the on-site nature trail along the American River to view wildlife, as well as the American River Parkway trail directly adjacent to the Nimbus Hatchery.

link opens in new windowIn Our Hands: Salmon and Steelhead on the American River (Video)

Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center photos

Visitor Information


Visitor Center open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Saturday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.

Raceways (fish rearing ponds) open daily 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Phone Number

(916) 358-2884


2001 Nimbus Road, Suite F, Gold River, CA 95670


Off Highway 50, 18 miles east of Sacramento. Travel north on Hazel Ave. 0.7 mile, make a left hand turn at Gold Country Blvd. Travel 200 yards to the parking lot entrance on the right. link opens in new windowMAP

Tour Information

In-person tours are still not available at this time. However Nimbus Hatchery is now offering K-12 teachers and students FREE virtual field trips for the 2020-2021 school year! This distance learning experience is an interactive videoconference between a presenter, the teacher(s) and their students. During the field trip we will explore the dangerous and fascinating journey that salmon make from the ocean to the American River during spawning season. For more information, please email

Educational Information