Nimbus Fish Hatchery

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.

The hatchery parking lot located at 2001 Nimbus Rd, is open from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily.

Facility Closures and Fish Ladder

The visitor center, raceways, fish feeding and play areas at Nimbus Hatchery will stay closed to the public during the Fall 2021 salmon season. The public will not be able to enter the facilities and there is no access to bathrooms or water fountains.

A trail from the hatchery parking lot allows visitors to see stunning views of the American River. There is an ADA- accessible observation deck at the end of the trail.

The new fish ladder will be open for salmon season (November - December 2021) and steelhead trout season (January - February 2022). The ladder was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation and is managed by CDFW.

The new ladder includes 9 large viewing windows that are open for public viewing.

To safely access the end of the ladder near Nimbus Dam, pedestrians should cross at the Hazel Ave/ Gold Country Blvd intersection. There is a fire road open for public access near the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Pedestrians should not access the ladder using the bike path for safety reasons.

Live Fish Ladder Cam

Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center photos

Visitor Information


Temporarily Closed

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. MAP(opens in new tab)

Tour Information

In Person tours, on-site school field trips, and entrance into the visitor Center will remain unavailable during the Fall 2021 salmon season.

Live virtual tours for classes, community groups and organizations are available for groups of 10 or more. Request a virtual tour(opens in new tab).

Educational Information