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  • Location:Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:Flexible

Juneau Shore Excursion: Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo Tour

Spend your day in Juneau port panning for gold and indulging in a fresh Alaskan salmon bake. After a brief city tour of Juneau, make your way with a guide up to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin for an adventure in gold panning. When you’ve built up an appetite, head to a traditional all-you-can-eat salmon bake. Roast marshmallows over a campfire, visit Salmon Creek waterfall and witness a Tlingit Master Carver turn 10-foot-tall totem poles and silver jewelry into beautiful art. Best of all, keep all the gold you find!


  • Gold panning and salmon bake shore excursion from Juneau
  • Learn how to pan for gold in Gold Creek and about the history of the Alaskan gold rush
  • Enjoy a traditional Alaskan salmon bake for either lunch or dinner
  • Keep all the gold you find and receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate
  • Admire the artisanship of a Tlingit Master Carver and learn about his ancestral craft
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo Tour

Alaskan Salmon Bake

While you’re in port in Juneau, a true Alaskan experience can be yours! By day you’re as a gold miner, ravaging Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin for pieces of gold; by night you’re a true Alaskan, eating fresh seafood at a traditional salmon bake. 

After pickup from the cruise port, your guide takes you on a brief city tour of Juneau, Alaska’s capital. From there, continue to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin and soak up all there is to know about gold panning, the simplest form of gold mining. After learning the ropes, try it on your own — finders, keepers! You’ll receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate as proof of your discoveries.

Then, travel by bus to the traditional Alaskan salmon bake. Your lunch or dinner (depending on your choice of tour time) includes grilled salmon, Cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, Alyeska au gratin potatoes and more. Eat as much as you like, and then toast marshmallows by the fire.

After your meal, you can check out the historic Wagner Mine and peek inside its entrance, or take a snapshot by the Salmon Creek waterfall. But don’t miss the chance to watch Doug Chilton, a Tlingit Master Carver, and his son, work on two 10-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) cedar totem poles and silver jewelry. Feel free to ask them questions about their craft, and pick up original works of art from the gift shop.

You can take the shuttle back to the port whenever you wish. Buses run based off of cruise schedules for the day.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Kids had a great time panning for gold and the food at the Salmon bake was fantastic. Our guide, Tom, was a wonderful and entertaining individual who took great care of us. It was a great day and well worth the money!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Panning for gold was a great experience. The Salmon Bake was awesome. We even saw the salmon swimming up stream to spawn (mid Aug) food was good, nice picnic grove atmosphere.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Had a blast! Wish we had a little more time panning since you have as long as you want at the bake (also fantastic!).

4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

Struck gold on this one! Great fun, interesting for young and old alike. Gold Rush Randy went the extra mile with his local knowledge and the salmon bake was in the perfect setting with delicious food.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

Nice experience but the time to enjoy the salmon bake was too short. Maybe 30min more would be needed to really enjoy it and not to be in a rush. Great tour.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

Salmon bake was the best part!

4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

This was a fun experience and the best tasting clam chowder and salmon I ever had. THe one issue was with us being shuttled from place to place. We were sent to eat first when it said gold panning first so we had already eaten lunch - then when we were returned to get a shuttle to pan we ( 4 of us) were put on a shuttle with everyone else who was headed to the salmon bake- so I think that end of things could use some coordination. We waited for quite a while.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2012

This was a blast. The salmon bake was terrific, but both my wife and I truly enjoyed the gold panning experience. About the only thing I would ask for is more time prospecting.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2013

This tour was one that our group of four was really looking forward to, and since it was Father's Day and our men were very enthusiastic about it, my sister and I felt quite proud of ourselves for getting the tour booked. The only hitch was that just before the tour began the weather changed from a beautiful day to cloudy and by the time our bus arrived at the gold panning site the weather turned stormy with thunder, lightening, and heavy rain...which continued for the entire time we were there. Our guide told us this was quite rare but we attempted to go ahead with it until the continuing downpour and the unease caused by being out in lightening sent us back to the bus. Our guide offered ponchos so our upper bodies weren't wet, just our feet and up to our knees. We were fairly soggy but we went on to the salmon bake, which was wonderful! The whole setting was inviting and the food was plentiful and delicious. A guitarist serenaded us while we enjoyed our meal and to top it off we roasted marshmallows for dessert. It was chilly but there were heaters that warmed us up. I am sure this tour would have been the highlight of our trip if Mother Nature had just cooperated!

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2012

Excellent tour! Found some gold! Salmon bake was superb. Lots to eat and a good variety!

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