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Wades Gold Mill

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Address: 12401 Deerfield Road, Hill City, SD 57745
Phone Number: +1 605-574-2680
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Description: OPEN FOR 2015 SEASON on SATURDAY, May 23rd!! An authentic experience...
OPEN FOR 2015 SEASON on SATURDAY, May 23rd!! An authentic experience - learn about the history of gold mining in the Black Hills, and try your hand at panning for gold. Guided tours, gold panning lessons.
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What a treat!

We had a gold panning demonstration by Annette, and she was so incredibly wonderful. We were a three generation family group and we all loved it! Annette took extra time with us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Albany, Oregon
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Albany, Oregon
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had a gold panning demonstration by Annette, and she was so incredibly wonderful. We were a three generation family group and we all loved it! Annette took extra time with us and showed us "extras" like parts of what to do when panning in a creek. She was very patient with all of our questions and was so good... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks so much for stopping in to visit us (and to your friends for recommending us!). Reviews like these sure make our day! So glad you enjoyed your time with us! Take care!! More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This place is a must do if you want a true experience. We were able to take the mine tour and pan for gold, what an amazing experience. We actually saw old equipment used in mining. The whole thing takes 3 hours but very worth the time if you want true panning and history. My 8 year old loved it... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing so much of your vacation time with us! We are glad you enjoyed the tour and the panning. Enjoy showing off your gold!! Take care :) More 

Gretna, ne
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Bill was amazingly patient and thorough in teaching our 3 girls how to pan for gold. Also taught us about the different kinds of rocks in the area. Did not rush us and let the kids ask all kinds of questions. Really enjoyable visit. Well worth the $.

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in to pan for gold!! We love when kids ask questions, and we enjoy sharing our enthusiasm for gold panning, rocks and mining. We're glad you enjoyed it! Take care! More 

Avon, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is not some fancy tourist trap. It is the real deal. My family and I were impressed with the tour given by the owner. We loved seeing the antique gold milling equipment in action. We were then able to pan for gold with some one on one help. Everyone was an experienced gold miller and they were very friendly... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to stop in and visit us, and to write up a review! We're glad you enjoyed learning about mining in the Black Hills on our tour, and had fun panning for gold!! That's what we love to hear :) Take care!! More 

Midwest
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We decided to visit here over more advertised places because of reviews on Trip Advisor. It was worth it. We had our own gold mining instructor who walked us through step-by-step how to pan for gold. We spent a good hour and a half with her which was great. We didn't find gold, but my boys had fun trying and... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

We're so glad that you read up about us on Trip Advisor and decided to visit! Thanks for taking the time to write a review - we're glad you had fun!! Take care! :) More 

Elizabeth, Illinois
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We were looking for a panning experience that was not heavily commercialized. Wade's also happened to be close to where we were staying. We arrived too late in the day for a tour of the mining equipment but the kids probably would have been bored with it. We started with a short video on the history of Wade's before taking... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting, and for taking the time to write up your thoughts & a great description of our panning process. We're glad that you enjoyed it! Take care! More 

Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We visited Wades on the recommendation of a friend, and were not disappointed. If you want big and touristy, there are other gold mine experiences. Wades is small and family owned and we felt it was a good value for the money. We skipped the tour, and the kids just opted for the panning lesson. Bill spent about 90 minutes... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to write up a review! We're glad the kids enjoyed panning :) Take care!! More 

Waterloo, Iowa
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

They had a blast! The staff was super nice and helpful; especially with the kids. I'm so glad we decided to go!

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping and visiting and for writing up some comments! WOW, being a favorite is a big honor, especially with all the wonderful things the Hills have to offer :) So glad they enjoyed it! Take care! More 

Minnesota
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50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We visited just after the 4th of July. There was just one other group ahead of our party of 3. We watched a video first, & were given the choice of a tour & panning, or just panning for gold. We chose the latter. Bill showed us the techniques necessary to pan & also filled us in on the mining... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in and visiting with us on your holiday weekend, and for taking the time to leave us a review! We do try to spend a lot of time with our guests - we're so glad you enjoyed it! Take care!! More 

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We stopped because of the reviews and so glad we did. The place is not neat but who cares. They know their stuff, you get help finding good and they check your pan just to make sure you didn't miss any gold. They are amazing with kids a well. We have been to the others and they are a waste... More 

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Thank you for stopping in to visit, and for taking the time to leave a review! We're glad you enjoyed panning with us! Take care :) More 

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Address: 12401 Deerfield Road, Hill City, SD 57745
Phone Number: +1 605-574-2680
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Hill City
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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