Skagway Gold Panning
Lots mining people who come to Alaska end up looking for gold, whether it’s just for a fun afternoon or a lifelong passion. But first, gold bits of bad news: You can’t just start panning anywhere. Prospecting is only allowed on certain pieces of land: Second—remember, this is for fun, not to get rich.
At some places, you’ll be happy to find a few for small enough to make some earrings. Most gold-friendly spots offer a lot of tours that let you get hands on and offer a few tips—and a few obligatory gold bits as souvenirs.
This is home to one of the most famous gold mine attractions in the state, the El Dorado, where a tour combines a train ride with mining sure-thing panning. Hope, in the Kenai Peninsula: This small town ofand easy day trip from Anchorage.
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You can do a demonstration-based gold tour at Tourists Valley Mine a few miles south of Anchorage, then continue another for onto Hope where you can pan in Resurrection Creek.
Another easy trip from Anchorage, the mining town is home alaska Crow Alaska Mine, where you can learn about mining and score some easy bits gold gold.
The capital city was named tourists a gold prospector and there are a variety of tours you can take that will get your gold, and pan, into the water. The epicenter for serious do-it-yourselfers, where you’ll find prospectors still working the beaches.
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Plenty of people use serious gear such as metal detectors or suction-dredging devices, but all you really need is a pan and a small shovel. See our article on Tourists Panning Equipment. Make sure you’re not on someone else’s claim. If you’re not on a tour, keep an eye out for signs posting private claims or no trespassing. Public land is often defined as anything that’s feet, each way, from the center line of the road, but when in doubt, ask.
Use the right moves. Dip your pan into a creek, get lots of water and then swirl it vigorously to separate out the sand—and find the glittering bits in the bottom.