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Gold Dredge 8

Fairbanks, AK, USA
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SEASONAL BUSINESS open May 11, 2022 to September 17, 2022. Two tours daily, departing at 10:30AM & 1:45PM. Call or book online to make reservations. 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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SLSCalgary_AB_Canada wrote a review Aug 5
Calgary, Canada108 contributions34 helpful votes
I have read that this opportunity is owned by the same family that does the Riverboat Discovery - this does not surprise me - it is also extremely well-run and worth the time and price. We stopped first at the Aleyska pipeline viewpoint, and were given great information about the pipeline and the role of oil in the history of Alaska. From there, we boarded the train, serenaded by a fantastic piano player, while we learned about the role of the dredges in gold mining. Unlike most of the tours we've been on, we actually got to go into the dredge and learned how it all worked through the narrator, movies, and signs and illustrations inside the dredge. Of course, we also got to pan for gold - unlike elsewhere, we were able to weigh our gold, and put it into a number of reasonably priced (to higher priced) pieces of jewelry or other trinkets (like a fridge magnet). They also said that if you couldn't find any gold, they would give you another bag of paydirt (no other spot offered that). We also ended up with more gold here than in the other two gold panning spots we did combined. The gift shop was great - lots to look at, and reasonable prices - would have liked more time to browse before we had to board our train. They also had the largest nugget found displayed in the gift shop. I thought that was super cool.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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steven g wrote a review Jul 2022
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We had no plans in Fairbanks but picked up a brochure for Gold Dredge 9 in the lobby. Turned out there was a tour leaving in about 45 minutes that we were able to book. It turned out to be a surprisingly great bonus to our trip. Well worth the charge. Staff were all helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Great cookies too.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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maawandoon wrote a review Jul 2022
Rochester Hills, Michigan171 contributions206 helpful votes
The Dredge is owned by the same company as the Riverboat Discovery. If you can only do one, I recommend the Riverboat. With that said, I hope that you can also do this activity as you learn a lot about how gold was found and collected. There is a short train ride to the Dredge and gift shop. You are able to tour the inside of the dredge which was very insightful. Also, you will learn how to pan for gold - between the 4 of us, we had about $36 in gold. Of course the shop can make jewelry with your loot, or you can just keep it. Free cookies and hot cocoa were served in the gift shop. I love any tour that ends with a cookie! Please see my review of the Riverboat Discovery for a money saving tip.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Gwen S wrote a review Jul 2022
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Everyone is given a bag of stones. You learn how to “pan” til the gold flecks appear. It was actually very thrilling and more difficult than expected. Your gold is then weighed and you learn it’s value. Mine was $11! A unique experience. Seeing the old dredge and the Alaska pipeline interesting. Guides very knowledgeable.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Christine P wrote a review Jul 2022
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Love the train ride. Had so much fun looking for gold. Gift shop had free coffee and cookies! Prices were very reasonable! Such a fun experience.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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