Historic Gold Panning & Salmon Bake
Strike it rich with guaranteed gold and a wild Alaskan feast!
Tour includes escorted tour by prospector/guide from the dock; use of rain ponchos if needed during gold panning; a souvenir gold claim deed; all you can eat Salmon Bake; return transfer to the dock.
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 for a historical tour of Juneau en route to “Last Chance Basin”. Your prospector will show you how gold panning is done on the banks of Gold Creek, in a beautiful, secluded mountain setting.
Savor the aroma of wild Alaska salmon grilling over a fragrant alderwood fire—this sumptuous all you can eat feast features our signature alderwood-grilled WILD Alaska salmon, Cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, hot chowder, a selection of sides, salads, beverages and homemade blueberry cake for desert. Beer and wine are available for purchase.
|May – September
Multiple departures daily
Times are approximate
Child rate applies to ages 12 & under. Taxes not included. Times are approximate. By arrangement to meet tour & cruise ship schedules. Operates in most weather conditions. Please see our Trip Interruption Protection & Terms & Conditions.
Notes: We recommend guests to wear warm comfortable layers and bring gloves and an extra pair of socks. No prior experience necessary. Children must weigh at least 40 pounds to fit into required life jackets. Children under 12 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.
We critiqued 3 salmon bakes on tour, this one was by far the BEST…The gold panning was very realistic when you are near a rip roaring river panning for gold. ~ Trip Advisor Review
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Catch “gold fever” and experience what it was like to seek your fortune during Gold Rush days! Learn to pan for gold and discover Juneau’s colorful mining heritage for yourself. Head out with your costumed prospector guide 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 today.
In a beautiful, secluded setting alongside Gold Creek — only accessible to groups under our tour’s special permit — your prospector will demonstrate 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. Everyone 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! Take home a souvenir Gold Claim Certificate and all the gold you find!
Gold-panning is hungry work so you’re sure to have an appetite for what’s up next on your Juneau adventure. Featured on Bravo Television’s Top Chef, Gold Creek Salmon Bake is an event that’s been grilled to perfection for 38 years. After a 20-minute scenic transfer, find yourself in a truly unique, lush rainforest environment under heated, translucent domes. Savor the aroma of wild Alaska salmon, grilling over a fragrant alder wood fire—This sumptuous all you can eat feast features our signature alderwood-grilled WILD Alaska salmon, Cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, hot chowder, a selection of sides, salads, beverages and homemade blueberry cake for desert. Beer and wine are available for purchase.
Relax listening to live folk music or 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. The food, entertainment, activities, and ambiance make Gold Creek Salmon Bake an Alaskan 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!