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Wades Gold Mill

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Address: 12401 Deerfield Rd, Hill City, SD 57745-6500
Phone Number: +1 605-574-2680
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Opening Saturday, May 28th for the 2016 season! Open Memorial Day - Labor...

Opening Saturday, May 28th for the 2016 season! Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. 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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Authentic Panning

This family has been around gold mining since the early 1900s. They are great at showing you the way and helping out anxious kids. The creek was dry, so we were unable to pan in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Weband
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Bethesda, Maryland
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This family has been around gold mining since the early 1900s. They are great at showing you the way and helping out anxious kids. The creek was dry, so we were unable to pan in running water, but the kids still had loads of fun.

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

Thanks for coming to visit us, and for the review!! So glad your family enjoyed learning how to pan. Yes, we sure wish we weren't in a drought right now, so people could enjoy our lovely creek!! :) Thanks again, and take care!! More 

Coplay, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time panning for gold with Sis. She taught us how to wash away the bad dirt so we can find gold! We all found a few flakes of gold, but my daughter found gold in her own scoop of dirt! The rest of us found lots of gems. The January boys were really happy with all... More 

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

Thanks for visiting with us, and for taking the time to put up a review! Glad you enjoyed the gold panning and the garnets :) Congrats to your daughter for finding gold in her own scoop, too!! All our best to you! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing time at Wade's Gold Mill. Our instructor did a great, thorough job teaching us how to pan for gold and made sure to check in on us even after we finished our lesson and panned on our own. Very good value and so much fun!

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

Thanks for visiting, and for writing up a review! We're glad you had a great experience panning!! We always try to provide a thorough, educational and authentic experience. :) Take care - hope you had a great time in the Hills! More 

Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we pulled into the lot we were afraid to get out of the car at first. It is an old and unkept collection of shacks. Since we had driven all the way up to Hill City we decided to go for it and pay the $11 per person to learn how to pan for gold and garnets. You start... More 

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

Thank you for visiting and for writing a review. We are glad you had a lot of fun and felt like you had an authentic experience! We will pass your comments on to our staff. Hope you had a great time in the Hills! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we first pulled into the lot we had no idea what to expect, but the experience turned out fantastic! You get paired with a guide who teaches you how to pan for gold, and you even get to take home the rocks, garnet, and gold you find! Our guide was great; very nice and helpful the entire way through.... 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 a review! Glad you had fun panning for gold !! Enjoy your gold, garnets & other treasures :) Take care!! More 

philadelphia
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44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We (3 adults, 7 kids 13 and under) had a great time learning about panning for gold. The guides are fantastic - patient and interesting. The panning experience starts with a tutorial about the history of the facility, including innovations, and then hands on teaching about how to pan for gold. Everyone finds some gold flakes, then digs a bucket... More 

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

Thanks for stopping in to visit, and for writing up a review! So glad your group enjoyed panning! Great description of the process, and good advice :) We hope you enjoyed your time in the Black Hills - take care, and thanks again! More 

Beulah, Michigan
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83 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went off of Tripadvisor reviews, and was kind of dissapointed. Maybe we just didn't get a good "teacher," but we were hoping for more. She seemed to want to do most of the work for us instead of letting us learn. Place could be updated for sure, and while we did get to learn to pan for gold more or... More 

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

Thank you for coming to visit us and writing a review. I am sorry that the experience was not what you anticipated. We will make our staff aware of your comments. Just a note on the amount of gold that is provided in the sample - currently, gold is going for $1,323 an ounce; an ounce of gold is roughly... More 

Hill City, South Dakota
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seeing the big mill working down all that dirt to find gold nuggets is amazing. Then learning to pan for gold just thrills the kids. A must stop for anyone interested in learning the history of Black Hills gold!

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

Thanks for taking the time to come out and visit us! Glad you got to see the mill working, and that the kids really enjoyed panning!! We sure try our best to teach the history of gold mining in the Black Hills. Thanks so much, take care! More 

Wisconsin
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this place because of the reviews on tripadvisor but as a few mentioned, don't let the appearance of this place fool or scare you away. Super friendly staff, they taught our children (ages 9 & 11) so much about panning for gold, this is not your typical touristy attraction, they will definitely learn how to do it correctly! They... More 

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

Thank you very much for stopping in, and for writing up a review! We're glad your children enjoyed panning, and that you appreciated our educational, authentic experience :) We hope you had a wonderful time in the Hills - take care! More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is quite an unassuming little spot, but WOW! The kids (9 and 13) wanted to learn how to pan for gold while in the Black Hills and we picked Wades based on tripadvisor reviews. We were not disappointed. We paid for the kids and they had very thorough panning lessons with two other children and a very friendly and... More 

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

Thanks for choosing to learn to pan for gold at Wade's! We're so glad your family enjoyed the lesson & experience. We do love to pan in the creek, when we're not in the middle of a drought! We hope you had a great time in the Hills - thanks for your review! All our best! More 

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