Departing from Skagway or Haines.
Break away from the crowds of Skagway for a unique custom tour to the remote Porcupine gold mines. This is the same gold field that has been featured on the popular TV show “Alaska Gold Rush.” You’ll have a chance to see a modern gold mine in operation, and learn the finer points of gold panning as you work your own pan of gold-rich dirt.
The trip begins with a 45-minute catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords, which connect Skagway to Haines. Enjoy the scenery as we look for humpback whales, harbor seals, and a variety of seabirds. Arrive in Haines and drive along the banks of the Chilkat River, through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and along the historic Dalton Trail to the ghost town of Porcupine. In 1905, Porcupine was a thriving town of two thousand people, complete with retail stores and a post office. Little evidence remains of the town, but the lure of gold is still strong, and there is still gold to be found in Porcupine Creek.
Arrive at Fred Hurt’s (aka Dakota Fred) claim at Porcupine Creek. This is not a reenactment, set up for tourists or TV cameras. What you will see are real gold miners at work.
Enjoy a personalized tour. You may be lucky enough to meet Dakota Fred himself, working tirelessly to wrestle gold from this remote spot. Watch the modern machinery pulling paydirt from the creek bed. After watching the high-tech method, you’ll have a chance to try the old-fashioned way. With some dirt in your pan, you’ll learn how to swirl the pan until the gold separates from the dirt.
There’s gold in every pan, and the gold you find is yours to keep!
After the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Haines and back to your ship in Skagway.
4 hours from Haines
6.5 hours from Skagway
2 person minimum
Call 877 766 3516 (toll free) or contact us via email for departure times and pricing