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Gold Dredge 8

1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673
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Touristy Panning for Gold

In July 2017, we visited Gold Dredge #8. To begin with, you are able to observe the Alyeska... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cindy R
Dover, PA
And they have the best cookies lol

It had been a good twenty years since we'd been to any of the gold panning experiences around town... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fairbanks, Alaska
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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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  • Average7%
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1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673

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Reviewed 2 days ago

In July 2017, we visited Gold Dredge #8. To begin with, you are able to observe the Alyeska pipeline. You are allowed to touch the pipe if you want to, and an employee spoke about the history of the pipeline. Then you take a little...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 1 week ago

It had been a good twenty years since we'd been to any of the gold panning experiences around town. this was a great visit with dredge mining background explained, a quick train ride, help for the kids panning and plenty of time to explore the...More

Thank Goeatinfairbanks
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of my favorite tours in Fairbanks! The info about the pipeline, the train ride and history, and then panning for gold....so fun!!! I loved having our gold made into keepsake jewelry right on the spot and being able to actually go and...More

Thank nhcajunqueen
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of four, including out 2 adult children had a blast!! We took a train ride, we were entertained by our conductor who used to play for Don Ho, learned some history of the gold rush in Alaska and then actually panned for gold....More

Thank TrvlJunkE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It started with a bit of a history-of-the-mine talk underneath an above-ground portion of the Alaskan pipeline. Along with some info regarding.rhe stats of the pipeline itself. Interesting...you walk down the hill to a waiting train that takes you slowly along the grounds of what...More

Thank rschmitt73
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour is about two hours. It started with a short talk about the Trans-Alaska pipeline. From there you take a short train ride to the Gold Dredge and then get to try panning for gold - where they do make sure everyone has at...More

1  Thank Glenn D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't think we were going to strike it rich, but... we didn't. Lol. Great time here. Learned so much about the gold rush, gold mining, and the Alaskan oil pipeline. Teams of young people work well together to give us tourists an entertaining and...More

Thank Beth P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Start out with a short presentation on the Pipe Line, then board a train to the dredge. Full explanation on how the dredge worked was given along with all the associated functions of the facility. Next came the time to pan for gold. Each person...More

Thank Captnslow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited gold dredge eight in conjunction with riverboat discovery. They were not too far apart and their tour times coordinated with each other. We listen to some information about the Alaskan pipeline, took a fun little train up to the gold dredge, listened to...More

Thank DCEowner
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had an interesting tour of the pipeline as well as the gold dredge, then a go at 'finding' our own gold. Was expecting to be able to find a gold charm representing Alaska at this location and so was surprised when I didn't . Aside...More

Thank LMCLongmann
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7 January 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
27 August 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
6 July 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.