Relive Juneau's gold rush mining history and pan for gold in the authentic setting of Gold Creek on this Juneau cruise port trip.
Throughout this Juneau excursion, 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.
On this Juneau tour, 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: Alixe Knight
We had the best tour guide--he was interesting and knew his history. You actually pan for gold dust and take it home in a tiny glass jar. The scenery is amazing. A fun little excursion.
Reviewer: Matt Meyer
We have four children and they loved the real feel of gold panning in the River. The tour was the right length of time and we enjoyed. Thanks!
Reviewer: Judith Weisman
We had done panning for gold the last time we were in Alaska but my daughter wanted to do it again. This was very authentic and the guide was excellent. Great presentation! We really got the feel of what it was like at the time of the gold rush.
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.