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. This Juneau excursion is open to 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. Throughout this Juneau tour, 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 after your Juneau shore excursion.
Reviewer: Paul Greenwald
The gold panning was interesting and fun but the high point was the salmon bake. Food was great. Best salmon ever. Fun atmosphere.
Reviewer: Rose and Dave Goodrich
Great tour guide (her name began with S). Very informative and helpful. Salmon Bake was delicious. Just not very exciting/
Reviewer: Janet Musialowski
Gold panning was fun but it lasted too long. The Salmon bake was awesome. Great food, nice friendly people running the Salmon bake.
Reviewer: Leona Frost
A lot of fun and we all realized how hard it must have been to earn a living and strike it rich! the salmon was wonderful and the walk to the waterfall was an added bonus!
Reviewer: Debra Straatmann
Our tour guide took time to show us how to pan for gold. Several in our group found some specks of gold. The salmon bake was okay. The salmon was VERY dry and overcooked, but we had a good time and the employees were very nice.