Discover the Gold Tour


Riverboat Discover Fairbanks owes its founding to the discovery of gold. Your driver-guide will bring those early days to life explaining the misadventures of one Capt. E.T. Barnette and how a rumor of gold actually panned out.

Included are stops at Gold Dredge No. 8, the historic structure that dug the river bedrock of Goldstream and Engineer Creeks for Alaskan miners right up until 1959. While you’re here enjoy a hearty miner’s lunch and try your hand at panning for gold. Keep your findings as a special memento of your visit.

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is an 800-mile engineering miracle that carries Alaskan crude from Prudhoe Bay in the Arctic to the seacoast at Valdez. You’ll have the opportunity to visit a portion of the pipeline that passes near Fairbanks and hear many a tale of how “black gold” brought prosperity to Alaska.

What To Wear

Due to unpredictable Alaskan weather, we advise dressing in layers, which will allow you to stay warm and dry as the outdoor environment changes. For this event, please also bring comfortable walking shoes and a jacket that can shield you from light wind or rain. Don't forget your camera and binoculars for the many photo opportunities along the way.

Length: 4 Hours


Departure Information:

* 9:00 AM depart Riverboat Discovery dock
* 1:00 PM depart Riverboat Discovery dock