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Gold Dredge 8

1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673
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You might really find gold.

This is a good opportunity to see how the gold mining really worked. We were entertained by... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Peebles, Ohio
via mobile
A great history lesson

You'll see and learn about the Alaskan pipeline, panning and dredging for gold. Very informative... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Steven P
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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%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 via mobile

This is a good opportunity to see how the gold mining really worked. We were entertained by storytelling and music on the train portion. Then given some pebbles and taught how to whisk around the pan and let the gold settle out. You might get...More

Thank RogerCruser
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You'll see and learn about the Alaskan pipeline, panning and dredging for gold. Very informative and you even get to pan for your own gold. Great gift shop and the free cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate really hit the spot.

Thank Steven P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Having visited here about 10 years ago, I can say the improvements are very nice. We enjoyed learning about the history of the area on the small train ride in to the dredge. Once there its nice to have freedom to walk inside the dredge...More

1  Thank TrainsRFun
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The organizers of this your hands or down pat. Information filled, professional, fun and friendly. You should not miss it if you are in Fairbanks.

1  Thank Renee T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Start by going under the Alaska pipeline to the station where you board a narrow gauge train. Alternately entertained by a singing guitar player and informed by the leader about the discovery, processing and exploitation of gold, reaching the mine. There you are given a...More

Thank Ian T
Reviewed 6 days ago

learned a lot about the pipeline, the gold rush, dredgers. you learn about the pipeline then board a train. while on the train, you get a history lesson. ends up at the gold panning station. that is hard work. then cookies and coffee for all....More

Thank captmom
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was cold and rainy day but we had rain suits so it was fine. By the way, seriously consider getting a waterproof pair of rain pants and jacket for a trip to Alaska. I wore mine 17 days in a row and was so...More

Thank Magnolia13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're headed to Fairbanks this is a must-do! We had such a great time here. The little train ride tour was fun and the gold panning was great fun. The whole operation was well-organized and staffed with friendly people who were helpful and knowledgeable....More

Thank ellamrohrer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a tourist trap, but a fun one. The tour started with some awful propaganda about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which was pretty tone deaf given that we also heard all about how climate is changing and there was no snow for the Iditarod, etc. My...More

Thank mazafratz
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gold Dredge 8 was a stop on my excursion. The place was very organized, informative and fun. You take a shuttle train around the property as they highlight the different sites/machinery used in the process of dredging for gold. There is even entertainment when...More

Thank educationrus
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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.