We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
Website
Today
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Dig (archeology), Group tours/walking tour
Description: Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at...
Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at Gold Dredge 8. Enjoy a close up view of the Trans Alaska Pipeline and a presentation about it's construction and operation. Then take a seat aboard a replica of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad and hear the conductor tell tales of prospectors who arrived by the thousands during the gold rush. The train ride takes you to Gold Dredge 8 where you will see first-hand how the dredge worked the gold fields, then receive a brief but informative course on gold panning. Once the train arrives at the camp, you will try panning for yourself! You will find gold- we guarantee it! Finally, explore the dredge camp and enjoy complimentary coffee and freshly baked cookies in the gift shop as your gold is weighed, then hop aboard the train and return to the station.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 495 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 232
    Excellent
  • 202
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
A chance to play and learn!

At the gold dredge you can get an understanding on some of the history of the quest for gold in Alaska. The dredge is owned by a couple that are real honest to goodness miners... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Carol S
,
Upland, California
Add Photo Write a Review

495 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
12 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I've tried to think of something unique to say, but can't. A short train ride with explanations of the gold panning process along the way, then you're shown how to find your own flecks. You can't cash them in. They are just an excuse to try and get you to buy some overpriced jewelry to go with them. And you're... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Upland, California
Level Contributor
94 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

At the gold dredge you can get an understanding on some of the history of the quest for gold in Alaska. The dredge is owned by a couple that are real honest to goodness miners and if you get a chance you should try to talk to them about their lives. You also get to try your hand at panning... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Phoenix, AZ
Level Contributor
100 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We went on this train ride to the Dredge. It was okay, a little narration and information. Then we "panned" for gold. Then came the hard sell to turn your few specks of gold into a $150 piece of jewelry. Not our thing.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paris, France
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was nice to see the old buildings but the explaination wasn’t very clear for foreigners and the videos didn’t work sometimes. The guided tour lasted like 30min. Then panning was fun but overall it wasnt worth all that money. Thanks to Earl Hughes who gave the place a human touch with his stories and singing.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Elko, Nevada
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It was very interesting to learn about the way gold was mined at that location and the guide was very knowledgeable and talked about the Alaska Pipeline as well. We were able to pan for gold and found a few flecks! They have a nice gift shop with a large variety of merchandise and they offered to put our gold... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paradise, California
Level Contributor
29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had a fun time learning about the old gold dredge and enjoyed being able to pan for gold. Our guide was very informative and interesting to listen to. He not only told us the history of the dredge but also talked about the Alaska pipeline that passes right in front of the entryway. They have a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kingsport, Tennessee
Level Contributor
19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lots to see. Starts at the Alaska Pipeline with informative displays. Then enjoyed a train ride with good live music and guided tour of mining history and relevant sites. The description by the lady miner at the dredge was good plus you could tour inside the dredge. Lots of fun panning for gold.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Whitby, Canada
Level Contributor
34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We recently did land and sea trip to ALaska . Through the cruise we did an excursion to the Golddredge8 which I would recommend for sure. It was very interesting to learn some of the history of the gold rush days, Earl provided some old time music and Joe our guide on train was informative . Doing your own panning... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level Contributor
107 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Visit to this attraction was part of cruise/tour and a fun experience. The history of the gold mining in the area as presented by the tour guides was quite informative and interesting. Panning for gold was a unique experience and the staff were very helpful. Definitely a place where they want to sell tourist stuff but overall a good visit... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Anchorage, Alaska
Level Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This was a very informative trip and the personnel were very customer oriented. Our guide, who is a teacher, was very knowledgeable and patient with the group, answering all questions. We hadn't planned on this excursion but added it to our agenda at the last minute and are so very glad we did.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Gold Dredge 8 also viewed

 

Been to Gold Dredge 8? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Gold Dredge 8

Address: Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Gold Dredge 8 and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Gold Dredge 8 staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?