Nimbus Fish Hatchery

Alert! The Nimbus Fish Hatchery parking lot will reopen Saturday, January 14.

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.

Visitor Information

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


  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • The raceways (little fish ponds) close at 2:30 p.m. daily.
  • The hatchery parking lot located at 2001 Nimbus Rd is open 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily.

Contact: (916) 358-2884,

Directions: 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. MAP(opens in new tab)

More about this Facility



2022-2023 Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center School Tours

At a glance:

  • For K-12 school groups only
  • Non-peak season tours available by reservation (throughout the school year)
  • 1.5 hour in-person guided tours for grades K-12
  • NGSS-aligned
  • Content areas: salmon life cycle, water systems, human impact on the environment, river habitats
  • 45 minute live virtual tours via Zoom for those who cannot travel to site

The peak visitation season tours are booked. We are taking reservations for non-peak season tours (2023 only).

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For questions, please call (916) 358-2884 or email Do not call Nimbus Hatchery directly.

Tours for Community-based Organizations

If you are a community-based organization and would like to schedule a tour, please call (916) 358-2884 or email This includes scout groups, professional and non-profit organizations, nursing care centers, etc. Do not call Nimbus Hatchery directly.

Educational Resources

Eggs being removed from fish
Nimbus Hatchery raised fall-run Chinook from the American River
Eggs being placed in hatching jar
Children feeding fish in long concrete pond
Feeding fish is fun!
Fish jumping up fish ladder
Chinook salmon in fish ladder
Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery © 2015 Google Earth
Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center photos