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  • Location:Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Alaskan Gold Discovery: Gold Mining and Panning at Gold Creek from Juneau

You’re guaranteed to find gold on this 90-minute adventure to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin. After a brief tour of Juneau, travel to a remote section along Gold Creek, and with the help of a guide dressed in 19th-century attire, see where thousands journeyed to during the Gold Rush in search of fortune. Learn how to pan in the creek or cull through the waters in the demonstration trough. Round-trip hotel transport from Juneau included.

Highlights

  • Gold mining and panning tour to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin from Juneau
  • Keep all the gold you find!
  • Start your adventure with a tour of Juneau and the Alaska State Capitol building
  • Receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate for the gold you find
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Alaskan Gold Discovery: Gold Mining and Panning at Gold Creek from Juneau

Gold Panning in Gold Creek

On this 90-minute tour, pan for gold and relive some of the history you’ll be learning about, when thousands rushed to Gold Creek and the nearby Last Chance Basin Mine during the late 1800s.

After hotel pickup, enjoy a historical tour of Juneau before continuing to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin, where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris hit the jackpot in 1880. Get a kick out of your guide, dressed in traditional 19th-century garb, who provides fascinating commentary on the Gold Rush.

Follow your guide to a secluded section along Gold Creek, which requires a special visiting permit. Learn how to pan for gold — you can do so either in the creek or enter waist-high water in the demonstration trough. As you search for the shiny precious metal, take note of the surrounding building remnants of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which closed in 1944 due to the WWII labor shortage.

With all the gold you can find in your hands, take home an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate. Your tour ends with drop-off at your Juneau hotel.

Customer Reviews

Arlyne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

So much fun in the pouring rain. It was fabulous panning for gold and catching the fever. We laughed and thought tour guide was fun. We'd do it again.

Thanks!

marving g r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I lived in Juneau for 14 years in the 50s. I never really knew how to pan for gold until your tour. It piqued my interest so I went to the City of Juneau Museum and pursued the subject, learning that creeks were quickly, ten or so years, cleared of gold, which led to the greater mining industry. My dad and some of his friends used to golf on the tailings of the A-J Mine. They called it their million dollar golf course.

Mike S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Loved panning for gold and Eric had fun stories and advice. Would recommend this to others. Thanks for the fun adventure! Finding gold in the bottom of my pan was exactly as discribed...says my husband!

Robert C

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

We had a very good time gold panning. Wish we could have found more gold. Our guide was very good and we enjoyed him.

cinoynay

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

Great tour guide. He actually born and raised in Alaska!

Cristi M

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2013

If you get a very active guide, makes it more fun.

Angela L

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better November 2015

Guide was good but it was very hurried and not enough time and cost too much for what we got

Julia A. P

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2012

Juneau was a little disappointing. The town is smaller and not as interesting as the other towns. Our guide for the gold mining was 20 minutes late cutting our 90 minute tour short. The gold panning and site were fun and we were able to come home with a few gold flecks, but I wished the time there was longer.

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