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.

Gold Dredge No. 8

1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
+1 907-457-6058
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #14 of 41 Activities in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Historic Sites, Educational Sites
Activities: Dig (archeology), Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Write a Review

421 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    186
    179
    37
    10
    9
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Philadelphia
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The first part is an explanation of the pipeline, which is adjacent to the parking lot. Then you take a short train ride to the dredge, where you are given a bag of "paydirt" and taught how to pan for gold. After the demo, you are free to explore the dredge and get some yummy cookies and coffee. A nice... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was part of a Holland American cruise/tour package. There were quite a number of buses in the lot when we arrived, and our group was combined with a few others. First was a talk about the oil pipeline and a display to help in understanding how it works. The speaker was fairly easy to hear and the message was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Everyone gets on a long open air train and are taken on a Journey through the history of gold mining. We got to pan for gold. Everybody got a bag of silt and we were taught how to pan for gold. Flakes of gold were put into a little vial and then turned in and weighed. We got $30 worth... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Near Boston
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A very informative and enjoyable lesson in how the gold mining days really were in the old days. Fun train ride while learning how complex the process was. Panning for cold and finding some was a highlight of our trip!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beechgrove, Tennessee
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
49 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Fairbanks area of Alaska is still known for gold and you can find some of your very own at Gold Dredge #8. No longer in use, this is one of the gold dredge operations found in Alaska that panned gold in a big way until the 1960's. The gold is still there in smaller quantities and you will be... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

From the moment you arrive you know your in for a good experience, You start out with a Pipeline program that informs and educates you. Then take the Narrow gauge railroad into the dredge. I really liked the guy singing on the train. He knows Johnny Cash.... how cool is that. Then comes the wok, you pan for gold.... with... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Macedonia, Ohio
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I have read a lot about the Gold Rush period in Alaska. This was a great living example of what some of it was really like. BTW it was raining buckets when we went. They provided little plastic rain ponchos & umbrellas for use. First you get a nice view of Oil Pipeline & even one of the little "Pigs"... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Peters, MO
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We went to the Gold Dredge No. 8. It was very interesting to hear how this had worked. We were given pans and a sack of dirt to "pan for gold". I am sure they have put some gold in each of these as most of us on the tour found almost the same amount of gold in our pans.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saxton, Pennsylvania
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I loved this experience. The site is directly near a portion of the Alaska pipeline and has an interesting history. The tour starts out with a train ride that takes you around to see a former dredge used to mine and explains the dredging process. Shortly after, visitors pan for gold on their own. Every visitor is guaranteed to have... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Anchorage, AK
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Being Alaskans, we don't often play tourist and visit the major tour attractions. The fact is, they are usually closed when we travel in the fall, winter and spring, and when they are open they are crowded with lower 48 and foreign tourists who don't necessarily share our interests and culture. Just this once we decided to try one of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Gold Dredge No. 8 also viewed

 

Been to Gold Dredge No. 8? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Gold Dredge No. 8, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing