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Gold Dredge 8

1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673
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Fun trip

Start by going under the Alaska pipeline to the station where you board a narrow gauge train... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ian T
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better than I expected

learned a lot about the pipeline, the gold rush, dredgers. you learn about the pipeline then board... read more

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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%
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1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673

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Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday

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 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 days 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 4 days 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
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a great time on the Gold Dredge 8. The information on the pipeline was interesting, but the train ride was fun and very informative. There was a guy playing a guitar and fiddle while we waited for the train to load. The gold...More

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 6 days ago

I went to Gold Dredge 8 with a tour bus. I live for this sort of thing. Loved the experience. The thing that took away from it was when we were starting to pan the girl helping me grabbed something out of my pan. When...More

Thank janwie11
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have seen these dredges in film but it was cool to actually see this dredge set up like it was in the day. You're allowed to go on it and there is a person there to answer any questions you may have. I also...More

Thank Rick F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had great fun going on the train to the Gold Dredge 8 and hearing how prospectors lived and worked during the gold rush. It was not so easy as it looked panning for gold, they had to work hard for small reward. Can understand the...More

Thank Celia M
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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.