Relive Juneau's gold rush history by panning for gold on this Juneau cruise excursion, and then enjoy a delicious salmon bake at Salmon Creek!
A costumed prospector will drive you to historic 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. 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.
Gold-panning is hungry work, so you’re sure to have an appetite. Experience Alaska's original outdoor salmon bake. Upon arrival at Gold Creek Salmon Bake, Alaskan-caught wild salmon will be grilling over an open alder wood fire. The sumptuous spread has something for everyone with a variety of Alaskan entrees, sides, and blueberry cake for dessert. Relax listening to live Alaskan folk music in a truly unique, lush rainforest environment under heated, translucent domes.
Take a short stroll along a natural salmon-spawning creek to the entrance of the Wagner Mine at beautiful Salmon Creek Falls where you can pan for gold, see mining relics, and look for salmon. Have fun roasting marshmallows over a campfire and taking photos at our interactive, gold rush mural. The food, entertainment, activities, and ambiance make Gold Creek Salmon Bake an Alaskan experience that is much more than a meal. Explore at your leisure, and then hop on one of the buses provided when you are ready to go back to the pier.
Reviewer: Patricia Fiedler
Great time, even though the weather was cool and rainy. Our guide was nice and knowlegable. Please mark the busses somehow with the guides name or some other ID .
Reviewer: NANCY LEWICKI-MURRY
The weather was cold and wet--but the tour was excellent. Great tour guide--upbeat and entertaining. We learned a lot and were successful panning for gold. The guide was well prepared for everything we needed. It was rainy--and he even provided ponchos for us to wear when we were panning for gold. The food from the salmon bake was delicious--and abundant--in a gorgeous setting. Best ever!!!!!!
Reviewer: Mary Martin
We chose this excursion particularly for our grandsons, 7 and 9. We were brought to the gold panning site and our driver-prospector clearly explained the procedure. The boys had time to wash the dirt and discover the gold flakes, but not too much time to get bored. Then our driver took us to the salmon bake, again well organized, with lots of food. Even picky eaters were satisfied. We walked back a short trail to a waterfall and could see salmon in the creek, as well as an abandoned and blocked-off mine. Our driver gave us a short tour of Juneau as we returned to the ship, including a brief history of the area.
My wife and I really enjoyed the gold panning with our guide Kie. The Salmon Bake was a nice touch to the end of our excursion.
Reviewer: Michele Kalaveras
Great guide, fun time and great food!