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Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure provided by Alaska Travel Adventures

Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure

Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure
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While you’re in port in Juneau, venture to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin for a true Alaskan gold adventure! Hear about the historic Alaskan Gold Rush and learn how to pan for gold – you’ll keep all the gold you find! Your guide, dressed in traditional 19th-century attire, will take you to a secluded location along Gold Creek, only accessible with a special permit, and show you what it was like during the Gold Rush for the thousands who flocked to the region. Choose to either pan in the creek or enter the waist-high water in the demonstration trough – either way, you’re guaranteed to find gold!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • On this shore excursion from Juneau port, you get to relive some of the histories you’ll be learning about, when thousands rushed to Gold Creek and the adjacent Last Chance Basin Mine during the Gold Rush in the late 1800s. After port pickup, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Juneau before continuing to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin, where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris found the jackpot of a lifetime in 1880. Hear entertaining history about the Gold Rush from your informative guide, dressed in traditional 19th-century garb. Head to a secluded section along Gold Creek, which requires a special visiting permit. Learn how to pan for gold, and then explore the creek or enter waist-high water in the demonstration trough to look for gold on your own. Take a few moments to note the surrounding building remnants of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which closed in 1944 due to the WWII labor shortage. Receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate as proof of the gold you found — which you get to take home! Your shore excursion ends with drop-off at Juneau port. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
  • On this shore excursion from Juneau port, you get to relive some of the histories you’ll be learning about, when thousands rushed to Gold Creek and the adjacent Last Chance Basin Mine during the Gold Rush in the late 1800s. After port pickup, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Juneau before continuing to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin, where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris found the jackpot of a lifetime in 1880. Hear entertaining history about the Gold Rush from your informative guide, dressed in traditional 19th-century garb. Head to a secluded section along Gold Creek, which requires a special visiting permit. Learn how to pan for gold, and then explore the creek or enter waist-high water in the demonstration trough to look for gold on your own. Take a few moments to note the surrounding building remnants of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which closed in 1944 due to the WWII labor shortage. Receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate as proof of the gold you found — which you get to take home! Your shore excursion ends with drop-off at Juneau port. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5474PRTJNUGOLD
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • All necessary equipment
  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Entry/Admission - Last Chance Mining Museum
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA JUNEAU MEETING PLACE: On the sidewalk, under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tram. When you arrive at the meeting area, look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative. They will be wearing a red jacket/shirt and a red hat. Look for our distinctive Caribou logo.
Additional information
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Inclusions
  • All necessary equipment
  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Entry/Admission - Last Chance Mining Museum
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA JUNEAU MEETING PLACE: On the sidewalk, under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tram. When you arrive at the meeting area, look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative. They will be wearing a red jacket/shirt and a red hat. Look for our distinctive Caribou logo.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Mount Roberts Tramway
    490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
    JUNEAU MEETING PLACE: On the sidewalk, under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tram. When you arrive at the meeting area, look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative. They will be wearing a red jacket/shirt and a red hat. Look for our distinctive Caribou logo.
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    Last Chance Mining Museum
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    Catch “gold fever” and experience what it was like to seek your fortune during Gold Rush days! Learn to pan for gold and keep all you find! Discover Juneau’s colorful mining heritage for yourself. Head out with your prospector/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. In a beautiful, secluded setting near a waterfall alongside Gold Creek — only accessible for groups under our tour’s special permit — your prospector shows you how gold panning is really done. Then, it’s your turn, as you expertly work the pan with helpful tips and advice in the creek, or in the waist-high demonstration trough. People of all ages and mobility limitations 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! See the remnants of the original buildings of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company all around you. At the height of production, it was the largest operation of its type in the world. You’ll learn about the mining techniques used, and the quest for gold that is such a major part of Alaska’s history. Take home a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate, all the gold you find, and an appreciation of what it was like to seek your fortune in the wilds of Alaska more than a century ago.
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punkhim
Seattle, WA30 contributions
Panning for gold in a beautiful setting
We had a great time panning for gold in a beautiful environment. The spot you are taken to is on gold creek next to a beautiful bridge surrounded by waterfalls in the mountains. There is also a few abandoned train cars that were historically used to bring miners to work.

Jeff was a great guide. Very entertaining and professional. What I appreciated most was his genuine interest in the activity and the gold mining period in the area. He also was excited to see how our pans were doing, and repeatedly offered help.
Written September 8, 2021
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Shelley K
4 contributions
Fun!!!!!
Aug 2021 • Family
Just a very enjoyable and fun experience. Easy, guides were knowledgeable and so fun to ask questions of.
Written August 10, 2021
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Jimmy L
Chattanooga, TN18 contributions
sept. 2019
Nov 2019
The gold panning was fun and we found gold and garnet. after panning was taken to open pit all you can eat salmon and fixings . GREAT Time and Good FOOD
Written October 27, 2020
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Sunshine694688
5 contributions
Gold panning and history of gold mining.
Jul 2019 • Couples
Sterling was our guide. He made the entire trip! We had such a great time learning the history and actually getting gold!!
Written August 19, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Glad you enjoyed!!
Written September 2, 2019
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EDHall
Baltimore, MD3 contributions
Great Guide
Jul 2019
Sterling was our guide for this excursion! Great Job!! Happy person who made trip fun with his great personality. Taught us the method to pan for gold. Thank you Sterling!!
Written July 21, 2019
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I'll pass along your kind words! Glad you enjoyed. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written July 23, 2019
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Tracey H
15 contributions
Gold panning with Sterling
Jul 2019 • Family
Sterling made our adventure panning for gold in Juneau an exciting time. His tour provided the right mixture of history and humor to make our time at the mine memorable.
Written July 19, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for the review, I will pass it along to Sterling. Glad you enjoyed! Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written July 19, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

betteewac
Wesleyville, PA496 contributions
GOLD
We had a great time when we get to the creek we get out and try to hand at panning for gold. Afterwards we plucked out or gold flakes into a small vile. Then return to town. Will definitely do again.
Written July 9, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for taking the time to give us a review! Glad you enjoyed the tour. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written July 13, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joann T
Midland, Michigan, United States6 contributions
Gold Panning in Alaska
Jun 2019 • Friends
Sterling was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and worked to ensure our experience was a good one. We all had a chance to pan for gold, found gold, and brought it home. Nice short excursion that gets you outside and learn a little history about Juneau.
Written July 5, 2019
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Thank you Joann! I will let Sterling know of your kind words! Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written July 13, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

asubmoa
Springfield, MO34 contributions
Time flies when you are having fun
May 2019 • Couples
Our guide, Sterling was very pleasant and informative. The history lesson which accompanied the practical exposure to panning for gold was worth every penny. The excursion felt like it was a little rushed. The hour and a half passes quickly. Time flies when you are having fun.
Written June 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to let us know how Sterling did! We'll pass the word along. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written June 8, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

243Elephant
Birmingham, UK16 contributions
Brief but fun.
May 2019
Went just outside Juneau town, the panning was set up and we all found some gold. We knew before hand that it would only be 1.1/2 hours.We saw a black bear and had fun which is all that matters!!!!.
Written June 4, 2019
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Seeing the bear was a bonus! Glad to hear you had fun. Dale E Smith Director of Sales & Marketing
Written June 6, 2019
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