Gold Dredge 8
Take a journey through Alaska’s gold rush history aboard a replica Tanana Valley Railroad narrow gauge train to the historic Gold Dredge 8. This ladder-style dredge extracted millions of ounces of gold while in operation from 1928 to 1959 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll learn how to pan for gold and get to keep whatever treasures you find.
Gold Dredge 8 can only be visited as part of a guided excursion. Tours begin with a ride on a narrow-gauge train, where you’ll enjoy commentary about the Alaska gold rush while passing by goldfields and mining artifacts. The train makes a quick stop at the Trans Alaska Pipeline before arriving at Gold Dredge 8, where you’ll then meet the miners and watch a sluice box demonstration before trying your hand at gold panning.
Things to know before you go
- A fun, family-friendly activity just outside of Fairbanks.
- A fee is required to tour Gold Dredge 8 and discounted admission is available for children 12 and under.
- Tours are outside, so bring along extra layers and a jacket.
- Gold Dredge 8 tours are wheelchair-accessible.
How to get there
Gold Dredge 8 is located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Fairbanks along the Old Steese Highway. Take Route 2 north out of Fairbanks and then take a left on Goldstream Road and then another left on the Old Steese Highway. Gold Dredge 8 is the first driveway on the right. Public transportation does not service Gold Dredge 8, so a rental car or the Fairbanks summer shuttle service are the best ways to get there.
When to get there
Gold Dredge 8 tours are typically offered from mid-May through late-September and hours vary depending on the season. Gold Dredge 8 tours are popular and may sell out. Reservations are not required, but are strongly recommended.
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