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Posted on Aug 18, 2008 in Fun For Kids, Sights To See | 1 comment

Nimbus Fish Hatchery

A frequent destination for Sacramento area school field trips is the Nimbus Salmon and Steelhead Hatchery, located off of Hwy 50 and Hazel Ave. The Visitor Center is open every day from 10-3 and visitors can view the young fish in ponds prior to being transplanted to various parts of the Sacramento River-San Joaquin Estuary. Because the water temperatures can get too cold for egg survival, a weir is placed in front of the Nimbus Dam so Salmon cannot swim further upstream. A holding pond is reached by a 20 step fish ladder. Some years as many as 10,000 fish will climb the ladder.

Nimbus Fish Hatchery Official Site

  • Anthony Bush

    Need something to do this summer? The Nimbus Fishb Hatchery is free and a great place to take your kids or even a science class. Bring some nickels to purchase a hand full of fish pellets. It’s pretty kool to see all those fish jump for the food. It can take anywhere from one to two hours to do a self tour. Make sure to bring your walking shoes and take a stroll by the river. You can also do some fishing near by if you want. Make sure to purchase a fishing license so you don’t get a huge fine. If you have kids 15 and under then you do not need to purchase a license. You can purchase a license at Walmart, and Big-5 Sporting Goods.