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Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure

Juneau, United States
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


You’re guaranteed to find gold on this 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.
  • 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
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490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

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Returns to original departure point
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.
Stop At:  
Last Chance Basin
In a beautiful, secluded setting near a waterfall alongside Gold Creek — only accessible for groups under our tour’s special permit — your prospector shows you how gold panning is really done. Then, it’s your turn, as you expertly work the pan with helpful tips and advice in the creek, or in the waist-high demonstration trough. People of all ages and mobility limitations can learn how to pan and capture the full gold-rush experience. You’re guaranteed to find gold, and all that glitters is yours to keep!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • After booking, please contact the local tour operator to confirm your departure time and departure location
  • Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Travel Adventures Inc.

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure?
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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My seven year old daughter and I had...
Tracy H
, Aug 2016
My seven year old daughter and I had a great experience on this tour. The tour guide was very informative and fun. My daughter can't stop talking about the gold she found. Thanks for a fun experience!
Guide was good but it was very hurried...
Angela L
, Nov 2015
Guide was good but it was very hurried and not enough time and cost too much for what we got
So much fun in the pouring rain. It...
Arlyne T
, Sep 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!
I lived in Juneau for 14 years in...
marving g r
, Aug 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.
We had a very good time gold...
Robert C
, Jul 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.
Loved panning for gold and Eric had...
Mike S
, Sep 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!
Great tour guide. He actually born and...
, Jun 2014
Great tour guide. He actually born and raised in Alaska!
Juneau was a little disappointing...
Julia A. P
, Aug 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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