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.
In Our Hands: Salmon and Steelhead on the American River (Video)
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.
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. MAP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.