Can people still pan for GOLD in Alaska?
Absolutely! There are still places where you can try your hand at panning! Many tour packages include a visit to places such as the El Dorado Gold Mine or Gold Dredge No. 8 mine where you can tour the mine itself and even do some panning at the end of the tour -- most people leave with a few flakes! Both are open to the general public. Supplies are included and, at most mines, food is available, along with a gift shop for picking up souvenirs.
For tour fees, reservations and shuttle service information, contact the mine:
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If you're looking for a more rustic and authentic prospecting experience where you are on your own, recreational gold mining can be done in various "public use" locations:
NOTE: Before recreational mining, you should ALWAYS study up on the state and federal regulations and mining laws for the area you are visiting.