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.
Review Highlights
A dredge

Good for an hour stopover with the kids, you can climb around this old time dredge and see how... read more

Reviewed May 25, 2019
Carl R
via mobile
If you're a gold mining buff, this one's for you.

Oregon State Parks operates this interesting Heritage Site. There is a small interpretive center... read more

Reviewed May 24, 2019
739kathryn
Read all 71 reviews
All photos (55)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good43%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
73°
35°
Aug
64°
29°
Sep
51°
24°
Oct
Contact
482 Mill St, Sumpter, OR 97877-2102
Website
+1 541-894-2486
Call
Improve This Listing
Reviews (71)
Filter reviews
68 results
Traveler rating
36
29
2
0
1
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveler rating
36
29
2
0
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews gold mining pan for gold gold rush heritage site a small gift shop oregon history interpretive center self guided tour sumner volunteers riverbed land gravel equipment rocks
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 68 reviews
Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

I stopped in on a whim, and thought it was really cool. Had no idea how a dredge worked. It was so big. They had gold panning there too. If looking for a fun spot to stop, I would recommend this place.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 10coreyh
Reviewed June 22, 2019

We got yelled at by the volunteer. Be careful where you stop your car! The lady didn't care that she was yelling and insulting me in front of my children. The dredge is neat and the man in the visitor center was very nice and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Tracy M
Reviewed May 25, 2019 via mobile

Good for an hour stopover with the kids, you can climb around this old time dredge and see how mining really worked 100 years ago. Sumpter has a teeny population and the dredge now has a small interpretative center, short trails, and picnic tables. Cute...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Carl R
Reviewed May 24, 2019

Oregon State Parks operates this interesting Heritage Site. There is a small interpretive center and gift shop and free tours are offered of the dredge itself. The massive dredge operated from about 1935 to 154 and chewed its way through a mind boggling amount of...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 739kathryn
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

A must stop for anyone interested is gold mining or history! They have a small gift shop & a couple of small hikes with picnic areas. The dredge is an impressive piece of work and history. There is not alot in town so be prepared...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank grayshadow
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Take a little time to tour the dredge. Being a gold rush junky it was a really impressive piece of equipment. They also will show you how to pan for gold.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Razorgirl_12
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

I knew what a dredge was but had no idea how big they are and how much damage they did to the soils. When it was operating it must have been like a monster on the river. Nice gift shop. If you have kids go...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 759frankp
Reviewed July 26, 2018

We really enjoyed our visit to the valley dredge. My son and I are big fans of Gold rush so it was fun to actually see a dredge in person. We tried our hand at panning for gold on the property. I believe the gold...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank flapbreaker
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

Sumpter is in a beautiful mountain forest, surrounded by big valleys of green grass. The dredge is an interesting dinosaur that sits in a pond where it is easy to access and free to view. For 19 years it chewed through the valley floor, processing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BulldogSecurity
Reviewed May 25, 2018

The road to get to Sumpter was much better than expected. We were there on Memorial weekend and were surprised by the huge flea market sale, and multiple home sales, going on throughout town. The dredge is massive and a must-see if you're in the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank kemi991
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
Sumpter Stockade Motel, Event and Conference Center
27 reviews
.09 miles away
Depot Inn
21 reviews
.21 miles away
Lodge at Granite
5 reviews
11.73 miles away
Knights Inn Baker City
94 reviews
18.26 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 3 nearby restaurants
Elkhorn Saloon
14 reviews
.18 miles away
Haines Steak House
97 reviews
17.48 miles away
Lone Pine Cafe
280 reviews
18.42 miles away
Frontier Saloon
15 reviews
17.48 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 3 nearby attractions
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort
14 reviews
15.36 miles away
Bates State Park
5 reviews
18.51 miles away
National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
579 reviews
23.77 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Sumpter Valley Dredge staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines