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Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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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.

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What fun to pan for gold!

This tour was very informative and a lot of fun. The little train ride back to the Dredge was very informative. We had fun panning for gold. We got to keep our flecks of gold... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kay L
Rapid City, South Dakota
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was very informative and a lot of fun. The little train ride back to the Dredge was very informative. We had fun panning for gold. We got to keep our flecks of gold too.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was included on our Princess ground tour and glad it was! You were put on a train that toured around sites that discussed various methods of gold mining. It was very interesting and quite informative with good narrative and demonstrations. At the end there was an actual dredge that you could walk thru. You were each given a bag... More 

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Lusby, Maryland
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The guides and staff at this attraction make it fun and interesting and educational. First you learn about the Alyeska Pipeline (TransAlaska Pipeline) then board a short train to the dredge site which stops for a few interpretive displays and shows hydraulic gold mining back when it was active. Then you learn how to pan for gold. We found about... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

My wife and I had a ball at Gold Dredge 8. You take a short train ride to the dredge. During the ride a guide tells you the history and the methods of dredging for gold. It really was fascinating. Then we stopped and panned for gold! Everybody struck it rich, some more than others :) My wife and I... More 

2 Thank Don S
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Our group of 10 did the combined Riverboat Discovery followed by the Gold Dredge in September and all enjoyed the tour. Yes it's a bit touristy but it's still fun, informative, interesting and something I would highly recommend. The Gold Dredge 8 tour was a great way to spend the afternoon. You first get to learn a bit about the... More 

1 Thank Tim D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

This trip came as part of the package we were on so I wasn't expecting much but was I wrong, it was a great morning and I would certainly go again. You take a small train to where the gold dredge is and along the way the guides stop and tell you about the history and how they prospected for... More 

Thank AucklandJonathan
Colden, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

On 8/9/15 my husband and I decided to go panning for gold so we made our way to this place. Cost $39.95 per person which I felt was a great deal for all we did and saw. It is located around 10 miles outside of town. We arrived in time for the 1:45 pm tour. They do tours at 10:30... More 

2 Thank chris45ny
Nashville, Michigan
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We tossed around the idea of going to the Gold Dredge 8 while in Fairbanks. Finally decided we had time to kill so why not. Pulled up just as they were beginning the presentation and tour. It was a very interesting and informative presentation. After the initial introduction we then boarded a small train and continued. At the end of... More 

Thank GGJune
Fairbanks, Alaska
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Excellent tour and history lesson on Alaska. Well worth the price and a must see for tourists. I can highly recommend this!

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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Loved this. All of the tour people in Alaska aim to please, very kind courteous and give lots of information from the bus driver that took us there to all the people at Gold Dredge 8. We booked this with Princess Cruise Lines so we were taken by bus from the Princess Lodge. I am surprised at any negative reviews.... More 

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