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Gold Dredge 8

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

This was part of tour through Holland America and I am so glad we got to do this. It was very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Magnolia, Texas
Find GOLD at Gold Dredge 8!

I took my sons to Gold Dredge 8 to introduce them to gold panning. It was very educational! This is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda A
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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1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was part of tour through Holland America and I am so glad we got to do this. It was very interesting, informative and relaxing. We took a train ride to the Dredge and then got to pan for gold. Husband got $28 worth and...More

Thank kivec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my sons to Gold Dredge 8 to introduce them to gold panning. It was very educational! This is an experience every tourist must partake in. The staff is proffesional and helpful. So, what are your waiting for? Go, find some GOLD!

Thank Linda A
Reviewed 6 November 2017

My husband and I visited Gold Dredge 8 as part of our Princess excursion in Fairbanks. My husband was especially interested to learn about and touch the Alyeska pipleline before we took the train up to the dredge. It was fascinating to learn how the...More

Thank gnancy2011
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

If you watch any of the gold mining shows this is a must see. You need a car or to hire a cab/shuttle to take you there but it is worth it. At the entrance you get to see a section of the Alaska pipeline....More

1  Thank dianeb2612
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Awesome experience.... The trip starts with viewing and a short history on the Alaska Pipeline. Then you board an old locomotive for the ride up to the dredge site. The staff are very helpful and friendly. They demonstrate how to pan for gold and then...More

1  Thank gypsynurse1960
Reviewed 18 October 2017

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 12 October 2017

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 9 October 2017

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 7 October 2017

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 25 September 2017 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
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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.