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Newest Features: Gold Mining in Alaska and Canada

Gold Panning DemoAlaska, known for its historic gold rushes and current mining opportunities, offers the chance to pan for gold and to learn about recreational gold mining. Locals and visitors alike can get caught up in the hunt for this elusive yet valuable (more than $1,293 per ounce at press time!) metal.


The Russians first discovered gold on the Kenai Peninsula in 1849. After that, Southeast Alaska had a discovery at Sumdum Bay in 1870. Indian River near Sitka offered up gold in 1871 and, in 1872, an area near Wrangell produced gold. The Juneau area began discoveries in 1874 with the Windam Bay gold strike, then in 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris had a major gold strike at Gold Creek. The gold discoveries continued north with Yakutat Beach and Lituya Bay in 1887, Circle City in 1889, Kenai Peninsula’s Sunrise gold rush in 1895 and the Hope gold strike on the south side of Turnagain Arm in 1896. Shortly thereafter, true masses began to rush to Alaska and the Klondike Gold Rush was in full force in 1898. Discoveries continued with the Fairbanks area booming in 1902 after Felix Pedro’s discovery. Across the state, gold appeared in mining operations and still today, there are miners searching the water and the land.

Catch gold fever while you’re here, and try your hand at panning gold either on your own (see regulations) or at a tourism location that offers gold panning.

It is important to familiarize yourself with the current regulations before you begin. Panning, sluicing and suction dredging on private property, established mining claims or on Alaska Native owned lands is considered trespassing unless you have the consent of the owner. Recreational gold panning, mineral prospecting or mining using light portable field equipment (e.g. hand-operated pick, shovel, pan, earth auger or backpack power drill or auger) is allowed without mining claims in designated recreational mining areas managed by the Dept. of Natural Resources. Motorized gold panning on public lands set aside for recreational mining and panning is not allowed. This means, if you wish to do some gold panning of your own, you’ll need to do it with gold pans, or sluice and rocker boxes. Sluice boxes are available at many Alaska sporting goods stores such as Sportsman’s Warehouse (in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla and Soldotna; see inside back cover for addresses and coupon). For further information check out the Bureau of Land Management’s website.    

Panning can be a great outdoor activity, but to ensure that you have a good experience you’ll need the proper equipment. Plan on dressing in layers to prepare for changing temperatures; carry effective rain gear and waterproof boots; have insulated gloves for working in Alaska’s ice cold streams; and have plenty of bug spray on hand.

There are public lands in Southcentral set aside for recreational gold panning, such as on the Kenai Peninsula, where 4 different gold producing creeks are known to provide “colors” or gold: Bertha Creek at Milepost S 65.4 Seward Highway; Sixmile Creek on the Hope Highway; Resurrection Creek, off the Hope Highway; and Crescent Creek (Quartz Creek Road off the Sterling Highway). Use this is informative document on this area and opportunities for mining.


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