Juneau Historic Gold Panning & Salmon Bake Tour

7 reviews

Excursion Overview

Gold panning experience with a wild Alaskan feast!

Experience the history of Alaska with this informational and engaging excursion!

Meet your guide just a few steps from the pier, at the main cruise ship terminal. After everyone is comfortably settled in the motorcoach, you will embark on your journey. Your local guide will provide narration as you make your way through downtown Juneau. Have your cameras ready as you pass by the capitol building before heading up to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin.

Once you arrive at the creek, your gold-panning adventure begins. Your guide will detail the rich history of gold panning that first began in 1880 when Joe Juneau and Rich Harris successfully found gold. Next, you will be given a proper introduction to gold panning, before trying your hand at getting lucky yourself. Take home any gold that you find. The area is so plentiful, that we guarantee you will strike gold!

After 45 minutes of panning for gold, make your way to the salmon bake for an all-you-can-eat Alaskan-style buffet! At the salmon bake, you'll enjoy the signature Alderwood-grilled wild salmon, Cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, hot chowder, a selection of sides, salads and homemade blueberry cake for dessert. As you enjoy your meal, take in the views of the majestic Alaskan rainforest and listen to the tunes of a local musician.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship dock
  • Use of rain ponchos if needed
  • Gold panning lessons
  • Gold Claim Certificate for the gold you find
  • All-you-can-eat buffet: Signature Alderwood-grilled wild salmon, Cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild rice pilaf, fresh clam chowder, and a selection of side dishes and salads. Don't forget to save room for the homemade blueberry cake!


  • Guests should wear warm layered clothing and plan to bring additional raingear to ensure maximum comfort
  • All children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Guests age 13-17 must present a signed parental consent form in the absence of parent or guardian

Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 45 minutes - roundtrip scenic driving tour with narration
  • 45 minutes - gold panning instruction & exploration
  • 20 minutes - transfer from gold mining to Salmon Bake
  • 60~70 minutes - at the Salmon Bake

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets in front of the Mt. Robert's Tramway building. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not limited mobility accessible, as there is rocky and uneven terrain.

Frequently Asked Questions

This tour will operate as scheduled in rain or sunshine.

We welcome all ages on this tour, with a couple of requirements in regard to minors. Any children age 12 or under must be accompanied by an adult. Those minors age 13-17 must have a signed waiver from a parent or guardian to be permitted on the tour without them.

Yes, you will be able to keep any gold you find during the panning session. Guests are given a small container as a keepsake.


Guest Reviews


7 total


Pamela F

On Sep 2023

Salmon bake was excellent panning for gold was cut short

Judith H

On Aug 2023

This was a nice experience, and the guides were very helpful. The atmosphere at the salmon bake was lovely. I would just suggest having more kid friendly food options in addition to the delicious salmon and soup.

Gregory P

On Jul 2023

The excursion was fun. Our gold panning guide was knowledgeable... but long-winded! The salmon bake was pleasant... I expected more native Alaskan interaction, but it was pretty much a buffet dinner with your own group. It was worth the adventure, but I had different expectations.

Kristin R

On Aug 2022

Our guide was very informative & panning for gold was so much fun!

Steve V

On Jul 2022

Jimmy was our gold guide and we genuinely enjoyed our gold panning excursion and learning about the history of Juneau. Everyone found gold in their pan!


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Duration: 3 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 3 hours

Adult: $119.00

Child (4-12): $89.00

Infant (3 and under): $66.00