On this shore excursion from Juneau port, you get to relive some of the histories you’ll be learning about, when thousands rushed to Gold Creek and the adjacent Last Chance Basin Mine during the Gold Rush in the late 1800s.
After port pickup, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Juneau before continuing to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin, where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris found the jackpot of a lifetime in 1880. Hear entertaining history about the Gold Rush from your informative guide, dressed in traditional 19th-century garb.
Head to a secluded section along Gold Creek, which requires a special visiting permit. Learn how to pan for gold, and then explore the creek or enter waist-high water in the demonstration trough to look for gold on your own. Take a few moments to note the surrounding building remnants of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which closed in 1944 due to the WWII labor shortage.
Receive an Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate as proof of the gold you found — which you get to take home! Your shore excursion ends with drop-off at Juneau port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.