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Juneau Gold Panning Adventure in Gold Creek
Juneau, Alaska, USA
- Historical tour: Head out with a guide for a historical tour of Juneau including the state capitol. Then, turn up the road to Gold Creek and "Last Chance Basin," where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris struck gold in 1880.
- Gold Creek: See where early Alaskan prospectors struck gold in 1880, and learn about the early mining history of Juneau. 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.
- Gold panning: Catch gold fever and learn how to expertly pan for gold. It takes a good eye, a good arm, and of course, a little bit of good luck.
- Keep what you find: At Gold Creek, you'll be able to take a sparkly piece of Juneau home with you. You'll also receive a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate.
About this Juneau tour
Ever heard of Rockwell, Harrisburg or Pilzburg Alaska? No? Well, that's because it is now called Juneau, thanks to co-founders Joe Juneau and Richard Harris. Your guide will tell you all about this infamous pair who struck it rich (1000 pounds of gold ore rich), only to drink it all away and come back empty handed. With a little help and guidance from the natives, the two were once again finding the gold sweet spots, but were known for spending it faster than they could find it.
Once you reach the remote area of Gold Creek, your guide will demonstrate how the old prospectors panned for gold day after day in the hopes of finding their meal tickets. Once you've gotten the swing of things, it's time to try your hand at sifting and sorting; the techniques you'll learn are guaranteed to land you real gold – which you can keep all to yourself. You will also receive a souvenir "gold claim certificate" to prove your findings are legit, so you can consider yourself a gold digging expert.
All that glitters
Joe Juneau and Richard Harris, the founding fathers of Juneau, weren't so good at saving their gold findings, and spent it faster than they could find it. These men loved a good drink, and if it weren't for the help of Tlingit Chief Kowee, they would have once again returned home with nothing but a hangover – and Joe Juneau would not have been able to pick up the tab for all the celebratory drinks he ordered after his name was chosen to represent the city.
Transportation will be from the port/dock, please look for your driver by the vehicle, holding a sign with your name.
If your ship is docked at AJ Dock, there is a shuttle service available to the Mount Roberts Tram area. All other docks are within walking distance of the Tram area. If your ship is tendering, please allow yourself extra time to get ashore.
Ponchos are available at gold panning site in case of inclement weather. Half barrels provided for those who cannot bend over beside the stream.
Travelers must be able to walk over uneven terrain with large rocks at Last Chance basin to fully experience this tour.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Scenic, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
This tour is suitable for travelers of all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Half barrels provided for those who cannot bend over beside the stream.
All travelers are required to sign a waiver before participating.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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