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- Round trip transportation from your Juneau cruise ship terminal!
- English speaking certified guide!
- Experience gold panning in the same creek as Joe Juneau in the town named after him!
- Have the gold panning and mining history explained to you by a prospector excursion guide!
- You get to keep all the gold you pan!
- Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon bake buffet!
- Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy unique sights of Juneau and Alaska!
In 1880, two prospectors named Joe Juneau and Richard Harris stumbled upon Gold Creek, which was nothing more than a Tlingit Indian fishing camp at the time. They made friends with the local chief and when the chief showed them gold flakes he had found in the nearby creek, the prospectors wasted no time in staking their claim on Gold Creek. Within a month, other prospectors had arrived and almost overnight, the town of Juneau materialized. This led to one of the largest gold deposits ever found.
A costumed prospector will meet you at the pier and drive you up the valley along Gold Creek to Last Chance Basin, which sits in the shadows of the remains of the AJ (Alaska-Juneau) gold mine. The AJ operated for approximately 40 years and was the world's largest hard rock mining operation between 1920 to the 1930s. On this Gold Panning and Salmon Bake cruise excursion, you will hear about Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in their search for gold during your hands-on experience panning for gold in Gold Creek. You will also hear some of the other colorful histories of Juneau on this Gold Creek and Salmon Bake Shore Excursion from Juneau, Alaska.
Next, transfer to the original Juneau salmon bake, which features Alaskan-caught wild salmon grilled over an open alder wood fire. There is also chicken Parmesan, cheesy au gratin potatoes, baked beans with reindeer sausage, wild-rice pilaf, a variety of salads, cornbread, lemonade, coffee, tea, hot apple cider and hot chocolate, as well as blueberry cake for dessert. Beer, wine and soda are available for purchase.
For entertainment, there is a local musician, toasting marshmallows over a crackling campfire or take a walk to view the beautiful Salmon Creek waterfall. You may see a few remnants of the historic Wagner Mine. Explore at your leisure, and then hop on one of the transfer buses provided when you are ready to go back to the Juneau cruise ship pier.