Only in California - A Ladder For Fishes!

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565


When I have the opportunity to ride a little further from home on the American River Parkway, I enjoy stopping by the Nimbus Fish Hatcher, near Hazel Avenue and Highway 50.

Near the first of November each year, the hatchery becomes brisk with activity.  The Salmon, native to the American River, are return home from the ocean, to spawn.  

When Nimbus Dam was built generations ago, it impaired the Salmon journey.  So a “California” solution was found to the problem.  A fish rack, or weir was constructed, and a fish ladder with over 20 steps was built, to aid the fish in their destiny of reproduction, and then, ultimately death.  The rack assists in guiding fish to the ladder entrance.  The ladder guides the fish up more than 20 steps and into a holding pond at the hatchery facility.  

The nature of Pacific Salmon is to return to their original rivers during the annual spawn, and ultimately die there soon after the process.  Knowing this, helps one to understand the work performed at the hatchery.

During this trip I did not enter any of the buildings, where fish are sorted on tables, spawned or killed, stripped of eggs and fertilized.  I’m a gal that likes her fish and meat already Safeway wrapped.  I don’t need to witness all the gory detailsL

Outdoor ponds nurture young fish born of the hatchery process.  In the future, they will be released into the Sacramento River system.

Nimbus Fish Hatchery is located at: 2001 Nimbus Road, Suite F, Gold River, CA 95670

They have an informative website accessible via: Nimbus Fish Hatchery

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Fish Ladder at Nimbus Fish Hatchery - Rancho Cordova, California

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View encompasses the ladder, the weir, the river between the hatchery and Nimbus Dam seen in the far distance.


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The weir is put in place each year beginning approximately in September.


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The area of the river between the hatchery and Nimbus Dam is lined with fishermen, hoping to catch fish that have escaped the weir and ladder into the hatchery.


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These fish are contained in the hatchery holding pond, after climbing the ladder.

 

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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Hungry for pink meat salmon... maybe smoked with a little oil... holy mackerel. I mean salmon. We have those smaller scale fish ladders too Myrl Jeffcoat! Great images!

Nov 17, 2015 05:06 AM #33
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Myrl,

 So agreed with your comment on ISIS on I see they are having lots of countries drop in on them!

Nov 17, 2015 05:47 AM #34
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Hi Myrl,

Beautiful pictures. I remember seeing these ladders at the state salmon hatchery in Alaska outside Ketchikan. I think it is 'amazing' that they come back where they were born. 

Nov 18, 2015 12:00 AM #35
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Good morning Myrl. That is pretty amazing, thank you for sharing the history and information. Its working, so it was worth building the ladder.

Nov 18, 2015 06:35 PM #36
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Hi Myrl, We both hope you and your family are well and having a great week. CA is beautiful all year long and especially in the fall. 

Nov 19, 2015 05:11 AM #37
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Myrl,

Great pics and I hope you are having a great week!

Nov 19, 2015 09:27 AM #38
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Curtis Van Carter
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Myrl

This is one of things with good and bad. Preserving the salmon good, all this interference bad. I know we can't change things but it is nice to think of the way things were. cheers cvc

Nov 19, 2015 11:39 PM #39
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That's a new one on me.  Very cool and I love your photos.

Nov 20, 2015 02:25 AM #40
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Myrl,

 I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for your support here in the rain!

Nov 20, 2015 06:36 AM #41
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Hi Myrl,and get spend quality time with the family. 

i wanted to stop by to see how you are doing and say hello. I hope you have a great weekend

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Wonderful post, story and photos of this Nimbus Fish Hatchery. 

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this is interesting. I would love once to go to see the fish migrate at the stream to their ultimate death.

And fish egss is such a delicacy :)

Nov 21, 2015 10:37 AM #44
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Hello Myrl ... great post my friend, love the photos and there is a similar fish hatchery by the Hoover Dam on the Nevada Arizona border 

I like the photo with the trout air-born ...

PS: Catchy title!

 

Nov 22, 2015 09:46 AM #45
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Myrl

Just stopped by to say hello and see if that fish made it further up the ladder, cheers cvc

Nov 22, 2015 11:33 PM #46
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Myrl, I appreciate your comments about cats in my post about cat sitting. Cats are hard to figure as this morning peanut wanted nothing to do with me. Yesterday afternoon I was his best friend when paying attention to his needing someone to play with him. 

Nov 23, 2015 05:48 AM #47
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Myrl,

 I hope you are having fun getting ready for Thanksgiving the Holidays are upon us!

Nov 23, 2015 06:20 AM #48
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Pretty cool ladder Myrl Jeffcoat I've read about them but I had not seen one before.

Nov 23, 2015 11:32 AM #49
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Hi, Myrl...you did a great job with your pictures. These ladders are key to keeping the Salmon populations going in areas where dams and other water restrictions have been installed. This is a very informative post. 

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Myrl, This is an excellent post with excellent pictures as shown by all the comments. take care.. 

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Fascinating story, beautifully illustrated. And like you, I love my salmon but no need to witness the gory details.

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