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Alaska Trip Planning

Hello Folks,
Seems there are some of you that are planning trips to Alaska. I
thought I might do a little post with places I’ve been and pay-to-pan and free
areas where I have gotten good gold.
Kennecott Copper Mine in McCarthy, Alaska. If you guys are planning a trip here, message me and I’ll give you some tips on making this trip, its a little tricky with shuttles and places to park, etc.  Its breathtakingly beautiful to see the old mining town overlooking a glacier.

Kennecott – Wrangell – St Elias National Park &Preserve

Independence Mine. This is not too bad of a drive from
Anchorage, they even rent pans and let you work the tailing piles.


Independence Mine State Historical Park, Alaska State Parks

Now, my most favorite, pay-to-work claim. Its a little spendy, but I’ve always gotten my monies worth in gold in the end. In face quite a few people have joined the “one ounce club”
on their facebook page this week. This is quite a drive, but if you are driving
through Canada to get here, its not too far from where you cross the border in
Chicken Gold Camp ,Chicken, Alaska: RV Park, Cabins, Caf, Gold Mine & Dredge

I have never worked here myself, but I have heard realty good things about Crow Creek
Mine in Girdwood, only a short drive from Anchorage.

I recently met some of these guys in a Mining Safety class I had to take, I have never been to their camp, but have heard good things.  I have prospected in the area (see below petersville).  In fact the first gold I ever found was near their camp.  They run a bed and breakfast with gold mining.


Now for free to pan areas:
This publication is for areas on the Kenai Peninsula. I have gotten good gold in most of them, though some of the streams require a permit to dredge and
open\closed dates if there are salmon in the stream. If you have any questions
on these I may be able to help you, as I have worked most of them.  I’ve had the best luck on Resurrection Creek.


I have also visited the Petersville area and had good luck, the road can be
treacherous. If you are going to visit Denali National Park, its on your

There are many others in the interior, I have not visited them all but here’s a little
bit of info on them.


For you GPAA folks, there are a lot of really great claims, some are not too far from Anchorage.

Also, my biggest piece of advice, if your driving around
Alaska, you need to buy a Milepost book, you wont be sorry.