On this 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.