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Gold Dredge 8

1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673
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Gold Dredge 8 HAL Tour Package

This tour was included as part of our cruise tour package. It starts at the Trans Alaska Pipeline... read more

Reviewed June 2, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI
Fun Tour

We did this on our own after our land-sea cruise was over. My husband and I had a great time on the... read more

Reviewed June 2, 2017
Sequim, Washington
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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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1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673

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Reviewed June 2, 2017

This tour was included as part of our cruise tour package. It starts at the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Our guide started speaking here long before our busload of people caught up to him, so we ready the signs about the pipeline instead. You board a...More

Thank Beentheredonethat777
Reviewed June 2, 2017

We did this on our own after our land-sea cruise was over. My husband and I had a great time on the train ride, learning about the history of this part of Alaska. Gold panning was also included. Everyone received a canvas pouch to empty...More

Thank benandollie
Reviewed June 2, 2017

The visit was begun with an opportunity to get up close with Alaska pipeline we were then taken by a small train down through the gold field to main area where we saw the huge gold dredge machine and given a demonstration of panning for...More

Thank DaveR1947
Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

It's nice to here the history of the old gold miner days plus you get a chance to pan for gold. You never know you might be the next person to hit it rich while your there. They do a good job getting people in...More

Thank lanspeedr
Reviewed June 1, 2017

This is a great place to learn about gold mining in Alaska, take a train ride, enjoy music on the train and pan for gold and be almost guaranteed to walk away with some gold. The train takes us through an area where there was...More

Thank nkimperial
Reviewed May 31, 2017

Board the train that tells you the history of gold mining/panning in Alaska. Frequent stops for folk to explain just how it all worked, and the piece de resistance at the end is you are given a bag of dirt and allowed to pan it...More

Thank Chrissybubs
Reviewed May 30, 2017

This tour was outstanding! A great thing to do as a couple or family. After a live train tour with reenactment scenes you can actually pan for your own gold AND keep it as a momento.

Thank ashley m
Reviewed May 30, 2017 via mobile

As part of a land tour package with our cruise, this was the afternoon excursion. Not only did include panning for gold, but also has a discussion of the Alaska Oil Pipeline and a bit of history of the gold rush in Alaska. Everyone does...More

Thank Arankaglenn
Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

The Gold Dredge 8 was included in the land portion of our vacation and not something we had researched or scheduled. We thought it would be silly and more of a "tourist" thing, but were pleasantly surprised. Yes, it was a tourist thing, but also...More

Thank Carolyn D
Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

This tour was totally enjoyable and informative. Didn't expect how much fun this would be. Bus trip from Fairbanks Princess Lodge was about 30 minutes where our driver Rick told us history, folk lore, etc., which made the short trip to the dredge amusing. The...More

Thank Alynn1421
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January 6, 2017|
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Response from HappyTravlr18 | Reviewed this property |
We went in July. I am not sure if it is open in September. I suggest that you email them for their schedule and cancellation policy. It was both informative, fun and touristy. We were skeptical about going, but I definitely... More
August 27, 2016|
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Response from Rick W | Reviewed this property |
U can purchase lockets with chains starting at $15-20 but they are not gold. The gold u get from dredging get are basically flakes not nuggets. Everyone is given a bag with pebbles , sand and hopefully gold . U go... More
Heather S
July 6, 2016|
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Response from Tina C | Reviewed this property |
They talked a little about the leaves changing and said the best time to see that is late August into September.