Gold Panning and Mining Tour (can be combined with Salmon Bake)
Catch "gold fever" and experience what it was like to seek your fortune during Gold Rush days! Learn to pan for gold (and keep all you find!), and discover Juneau's colorful mining heritage for yourself.
Head out with a prospector/guide in authentic 19th-century dress for a historical tour of Juneau including the state capitol. Then, turn up the road to Gold Creek and "Last Chance Basin", where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris struck gold in 1880.
Learn how to pan for gold in a beautiful, secluded setting alongside Gold Creek. Your prospector shows you how gold panning is done. Then, it's your turn, as you learn how to expertly work the pan with helpful tips and advice. You can choose to pan in the creek, in a waist-high trough, or in a barrel while seated. Every one of all ages and those with limited mobility can learn how to pan and capture the full gold-rush experience.
Take home a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate and all the gold you find! You're guaranteed to find gold! And, all that glitters is yours to keep.
See the remnants of the original buildings of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which at the height of production was the largest operation of its type in the world. You'll learn about the mining techniques that were used, and more about the quest for gold that is so much a part of Alaska's history.
- Suitable for all ages and no prior experience necessary, just good health and an adventurous spirit.
- Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian.
- This tour is not suitable for guests confined to wheelchairs due to the uneven terrain at Last Chance Basin.
Trip Activities: Escorted driving tour through downtown Juneau area, gold panning, gold claim certificate, narration on the gold discovery of Juneau and hard rock mining, views of the Alaska-Juneau Mine Site, return transfer to the pier.
Trip Duration: About 1.5 hours including transportation to/from cruise ship harbor.