The fish ladder at Nimbus Hatchery on the American River is open for the season, offering the public a chance to view the fall chinook salmon run up close.
The ladder opened earlier this week at the hatchery near Rancho Cordova, just off Highway 50. It is expected to offer quite a show, as the salmon run is large this year.
Nimbus Hatchery is one of three Central Valley salmon hatcheries operated by the California Department of Fish and Game. The hatcheries were established over the past 50 years to offset fish losses caused by dams that block salmon from historic spawning habitat upstream.
Each fall, the hatcheries breed and raise about 24 million fall-run chinook. After they make their way downstream and grow to adulthood, these fish make up the bulk of the commercial salmon caught in the ocean.
Nimbus Hatchery is at 2001 Nimbus Road in Gold River, reached from the Hazel Avenue exit off Highway 50. The hatchery offers a visitor center and public viewing areas at the fish ladder and the rearing tanks.
For more details, go to www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/Nimbus/ .
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