|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.
Your prospector will show you how gold panning is done creek side, in a beautiful, secluded mountain setting. You can choose to pan in the creek, in a waist-high trough, or in a barrel while seated. Visitors of all ages and those with limited mobility can learn how to pan and capture the full gold-rush experience. We are the only company allowed to use this special place, but the locals know how much gold is still there, so you will likely witness some real panners. You will expertly work the pan with helpful tips, and you will find gold–guaranteed! Take home a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate and all the gold you find!
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The Gold Creek Salmon Bake is an event that's been grilled to perfection for 38 years. A feast as grand as Alaska itself! The Gold Creek Salmon Bake is an event that's been grilled to perfection for 38 years. Savor an all-you-can-eat Alaskan feast, in a unique environment you'll find nowhere else.
Arrive at a beautiful setting, in lush rainforest alongside a creek, under heated, 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—the signature entrée of an all-you-can-eat Alaskan experience. 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. Vegetarian or gluten free? There's plenty to tempt your palate! And, just when you think you've had enough—bring on the blueberry cake for dessert! Come back for seconds, or thirds, while a local entertainer sets a festive mood with Alaskan folk music.
After dinner, take a short stroll along a natural salmon-spawning creek to the entrance of the Wagner Mine at beautiful Salmon Creek Falls where you can pan for gold, see mining relics, and look for salmon. Have fun roasting marshmallows over a campfire and taking photos at our interactive, gold rush mural. Meet Tlingit Master Carver, Doug Chilton, as he and his son sculpt two 10-foot, red cedar totems and authentic silver jewelry. Visit the trading post to purchase a souvenir gold pan or other memento.
The food, activities, and ambiance make Gold Creek Salmon Bake an Alaska experience that is much more than a meal. 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 local musical entertainment and all-you-can-eat Alaskan feast including wild Alaskan salmon,
gift shop and bar,
Salmon Creek waterfall and salmon spawning stream. Return transfer to the pier.