Relive Juneau's gold rush mining history and pan for gold in the authentic setting of Gold Creek on this Juneau cruise port trip.
A costumed prospector will guide you through a historic residential area en route to Last Chance Basin. You will trace the route taken by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in their search for gold over 100 years ago. Near the famous Alaska-Juneau gold mine, one of the world's largest hard rock mining operations at its peak, you will get hands-on experience panning for gold in Gold Creek.
You can choose to pan in the creek, or in the waist-high demonstration trough. Everyone of all ages, and those with limited mobility, 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.
Around you are remnants of the original buildings of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which at the height of production was the largest operation of its type in the world. You'll learn about the mining techniques that were used, and more about the quest for gold that is so much a part of Alaska's history. Take home a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate, all the gold you find, and an appreciation of what is was like to seek your fortune in the wilds of Alaska more than a century ago.
Reviewer: Mary Wilson
We had such a great time panning. It was lightly raining but we did not care. The young lady did a fantastic job of explaining what we had to do. Her narration on the trip to the creek was very informative. I would love to send you pictures but unable to. So glad I booked ahead and NOT on the ship.
We planned for gold along the Gold River and the experience was awesome. We saw actual gold panners out on the river with us. Neat.
It was so much fun. My guide was great.
Reviewer: Tammy Muscio
You will have a great time with this excursion. We learned a lot and had fun. I would recommend this excursion to everyone.
Reviewer: Deborah Corvey
My 8 year old grandson really enjoyed this even with not so great weather