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

The Visitor Center remains closed. At this time, there are no restrooms or drinking water available on site.

Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center photos

Visitor Information


Open: Outdoor areas, including the raceway ponds, playground, picnic area and trail, are open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The Visitor Center is closed at this time.

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 temporarily unavailable. Live virtual tours for classes are closed for the 2021-2022 school year.

CDFW still offers the following learning opportunities in 2022:

Educational Resources