This creek is rather unusual in that you can still pan for nuggets of gold here, something that has been done since the late 19th century. Visitors usually come to check out the historic buildings associated to the old mining operations, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They also come to try their hand out in some mining; it’s thought the creek as has much as a million yards of gold left. It’s not unusual to see people detecting with metal detectors either. Best of all, you keep all you find, no matter what method you use - pan, sluice box, suction dredge or highbanker.
The location itself is very cute. It is the home of Kate and Nate Williamson, both miners, who’ve set the place up like an outdoors museum. All together there are about 400 acres worth of minable area, and lots of hiking trails. The main mine itself is full of old mining tools. The creek mine area is apparently a popular wedding venue.
Two guided tours are offered - Prospector, which gives an idea of what life during the Gold Rush was like; and Gold Miner, which focuses on both history and gold mining techniques.
Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine Travel Tips
- Dress warmly.
- Be prepared for rain.
- Bring mosquito repellant.
- You’ll have to bring your own food.
- Contact the Williamsons about hosting an event here or to inquire about tours.
- You’ll your own metal detector or dredging gear.
- Reservations mandatory for camping.
- Dogs must be leashed.
Entrance Ticket Details For Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine
- Metal Detectors: $25 daily
- Dredging: $20 per inch per day (3 day limit)
- Sluice box: $10
- Camping/RV: $10
How to Reach Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine
- Drive to here.
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3.51% of people who visit Anchorage include Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine in their plan
33.33% of people start their Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine visit around 09 AM
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Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine Reviews & Ratings
The property was beautiful and the people were very friendly. We ended up eating dinner there and it was good. Also had live music. I’m not sure if that is a regular thing. It was $10.00 to get in and the meal was $24.00 and if you wanted to pan for gold that’s another $15.00. I don’t recommend the panning, there were several people down there and to my knowledge no one had success. You can go down to the river for your $10.00 admission fee, so unless you just want to say I planned for gold I would recommend skipping that.
Location is great. But they gave us a sample to look for gold in it. I found fake gold in the sample. After 2 weeks gold was dissolved.
This place is in the middle of nowhere. A great little slice of earth. It is a small community, it is what it would have been 100 plus years ago. A mining community with great aspirations of making it rich. The cabins as they were from day one. This is located in Girdwood, AK. We spent a hour or two or so walking around enjoying, nature, the river and relaxing. People were prospecting for gold, your not going to strike it rich. It is about enjoying family time with children. .. I didn't see anyone hit rich but did anyone ever, if you could they wouldn't let your mine there. It is geared toward family fun. You can even get married here. I, image it would be a great place to get hitched. LOL... They have a wedding cabin of sorts with an outdoor, alter/church. A great place. An enjoyable place for the entire family. This is what brings family together with lifetime memories. If your in the neighborhood you have to stop.. It is a children based atmosphere with nogistila for the elders. Take minute to look around and see how the mined for gold. I didn't pan for gold. I think ti cost 5 bucks per person. 5 stars.. They are trying real hard to make it worth the trip. Anyone leaving 3 or less stars is a fool in my opinion. Thank you...
My family and I went on an aventure in Alaska and one night we decided to go down to the "gold mine", there were four of us $12 for each person. then you get to go look at about six historical landmarks. They are fun for about five minutes but then you realize what is there else to do. My family payed $48 just to look at six little historical buildings there was a gold mind, meaning a river that you would be pine for gold. I want my money back!
Just a wonderful time panning for gold in the creek. It was rainy, but we actually got a few pieces of gold. The building and grounds were very well kept and interesting. I love History, this was a great look back in time. Fun Time !!