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  Historic Gold Mining & Panning Adventure
& Gold Creek Salmon Bake Combo

Outdoor Wild Salmon bake and guaranteed Gold panning!

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—and where local Juneau residents still find gold.

In a beautiful, secluded setting alongside Gold Creek (only commercially accessible under our tour's special permit), 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. You're guaranteed to find gold! And, all that glitters is yours to keep.

Around you are 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.

Take home a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate, all the gold you find, and an appreciation of what is was like to seek your fortune in the wilds of Alaska more than a century ago.

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The Gold Creek Salmon Bake is an event that's been grilled to perfection for 36 years. Savor an all-you-can-eat adventure, in a unique outdoor setting you'll find nowhere else. Arrive at a beautiful setting, in lush rain forest alongside a creek, under translucent domes that protect you from the elements, rain or shine. Savor the aroma of wild salmon, grilling slowly over fires of fragrant alder wood. And settle in for a feast for all your senses!

The sumptuous spread has something for everyone. Choose from grilled salmon, Cheechako Chicken, Chilkoot Baked Beans, Tongass Wild-Rice Pilaf, Alyeska Au Gratin Potatoes and a robust selection of other sides, salads and beverages. Beer and wine are available for purchase, and vegetarians, take note—there's plenty to tempt your palate! Come back for seconds, or thirds, while a local musician sets a festive mood. And, just when you think you've had enough—bring on the blueberry cake for dessert!

After dinner, roast marshmallows over a campfire. Stroll through forest to lovely Salmon Creek waterfall. Tour the remains of the Wagner Mine, learn about the natural history of the area, and try your hand at panning for gold. Visit the trading post to purchase a souvenir gold pan or other memento.

There's plenty to do, and shuttle buses run regularly, so your visit can last as long as you like. Don't return until your tastes have been satisfied—and you're filled with great memories!

Tour Includes: Escorted tour by prospector/guide from the dock, van transfer to Gold Creek, gold panning lessons and take home the guaranteed gold you pan, gold claim certificate, narration on the gold discovery of Juneau and hard rock mining, views of the Alaska-Juneau Mine Site. Plus WILD Alaskan Salmon, Chicken, Alyeska Au Gratin potatoes & Caesar salad, all-you-can-eat buffet with many side dishes and dessert, musical entertainment, gift shop and bar, Salmon Creek waterfall and salmon spawning stream, return transfer to the pier.
 
     
 
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AVAILABILITY:
MAY–SEPT. Multiple departures daily.
DURATION:
3 HOURS
COST:
ADULT $89 | CHILD $59
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By arrangement to meet tour & cruise ship
schedules. Operates in all weather conditions.
Times are approximate.
Child rate applies to ages 12 & under.
Taxes not included.
 
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Notes: 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. Request a Reservation
 
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Customer Reviews:
We critiqued 3 salmon bakes on tour, this one was by far the BEST. the young man grilling the salmon and his mystery grilling goop was delicious. The assortment of food was done well. We went on a cool day but they had outdoor heaters and also a band playing with great music. The gold panning was very realistic when you are near a rip roaring river panning for gold. The guide was very patient with us all novices. We wanted to stay longer to strike it rich, I think Gold fever was setting in... ~ Trip Advisor Review
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