Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine, Anchorage

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  • Address: 601 Crow Creek Rd, Girdwood, AK 99587, United States, Anchorage
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9072293105
  • Ticket Price: 10 EUR
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Mine, Historical Site, Family And Kids
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About Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine, Anchorage

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 Information

  • 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.

Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine Ticket Prices

  • 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 by Public Transport

  • Drive to here.

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  • 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 !!

  • The old mining camp is well preserved and the surrounding grounds are well maintained & beautiful. Trails to the mining areas is not a difficult walk from the main camp and the trails are well marked. Shovels & tools are provided if you don't have your own. They offer instructions if needed. They provide military discounts.

  • My family has been a few times and it has always been a wonderful experience but especially our last visit. My daughter is not quite 2 and had to fast before a medical procedure that she would be put under for, how do you explain to a tiny tot that they can't eat when hungry, you don't you distract them. She loves rocks and I love the scenery of this place so it was a win. The staff were above and beyond amazing and helpful. A kind lady working the desk even gave her a gorgeous pink rock shaped like a heart. It's her new prize possession among her collection, she even had it in her little bag to bring with to the hospital. I just want to say thank you for a truly amazing alaska experience last time and every time we have been.

  • Absolutely outstanding venue for our wedding. Beautiful grounds and an excellent staff made for a great day. Our guests raved about the location!

  • A fantastic place to experience what Alaska was and still is. Panning in the creek is calming and rewarding $...if you're lucky. The grounds are well kept and the staff is helpful and friendly.

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