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Muley
02-27-2013, 07:17 PM
With Ganes Creek shutting down their Pay To mine and also Moore creek no more Pay to mine.
Are there any pay to mine places to a detectorist can go in Alaska?
If I want to go dredging then my first choice would Chicken Gold Camp. http://chickengold.com/index.html

overtheedge
02-27-2013, 07:28 PM
From the website you posted on the recreational mining page:
"... We allow use of pans, metal detectors, hand sluices, small suction dredges and high bankers (2.5” max). ..."

I'll be honest, I've read the website pages more than once. Maybe this year.
eric

chickenminer
02-27-2013, 08:18 PM
Muley..
You might want to check this place out http://akaugold.com/.

Brian Berkhahn
02-28-2013, 10:46 AM
http://www.akmining.com/mine/recsites.htm

hybanker
03-01-2013, 09:33 AM
Crow creek just outside of anchorage

Steve Herschbach
03-01-2013, 11:49 AM
Not many I would detect at:

AKau

Crow Creek Mine

Paradise Valley

leonard
03-02-2013, 01:13 PM
Muley..
You might want to check this place out http://akaugold.com/.

Ahhhhh! The Nome adventure!
There is a lot to reccomend this even without the gold part. I can't speak about the gold part but going to Nome for a week or so gives you a lot of adventure to talk about even not looking for gold. We got a miniscule amount of gold for our 9 days there but it was an adventure I cherish. I can really relate to the weather when watching Bering Sea Gold.

http://golddredgervideo.com/alaska2008/nomebeach.wmv
http://golddredgervideo.com/alaska2008/tentfever.wmv

I wouldn't trade my experience there for several ounces of gold. My visit was before the big rush so there ought to be a lot more to see now.

Leonard

geowizard
03-02-2013, 02:02 PM
yep...!

You guys sponged up all the Wild turkey in town... :)

In the first video, looking west, the blue tent was Jessie James (his real name) and the white wall tent in the distance was Geowizard.

- Geowizard

leonard
03-03-2013, 07:03 AM
yep...!

You guys sponged up all the Wild turkey in town... :)

In the first video, looking west, the blue tent was Jessie James (his real name) and the white wall tent in the distance was Geowizard.

- Geowizard

We met then as I remember walking to it and talking to the owner. My memory doesn't picture you though. Thats not surprising. I have to think a little to remember what I ate last night. And also as you said, the Wild Turkey may have helped.

Even though it was crappy weather, it was a tremendous experience.

Leonard

geowizard
03-04-2013, 08:28 AM
To be brutally honest, I have paid to mine at even the public mining areas! :)

Nome for 2 weeks and the return trip the next year to move everything out of Nome cost $10,000.

Getting my own claims and mining at Ophir has cost $150,000.

I never went to a pay-to-mine because I just can't justify paying money to lose money.

You have to really have a lot of fun to say it was "rewarding". Adventure? Yep... there's adventure. Is it expensive? Yep... it's expensive. Can you have fun? Yep, you can have fun.

- Geowizard

Muley
03-05-2013, 08:17 PM
A great big THANK YOU to everyone for their suggestions.
I have 2 greenhorns that I work with that want the "Alaska Adventure experience". Both of them are in their 40's so they are early to bed and early to rise type's and hard workers, so maybe the AKau maybe the ticket for them.

ManVSgold
03-13-2013, 11:54 PM
Dont forget about my good friends out at Cache Creek Cabins http://www.cachecreekcabins.com/Accommodations.html I've never payed to mine there but everyone I talked to last season that did, easily made their money back + more daily.I dont know how much more though. Its a beautiful area and very quite.Not a lot of people around.Very peaceful and tons of room to strech out.Also the owner Ken is very knowledgeable and just being around him you can learn a ton. Also petters creek is close and the public area can pay very well in the right spots.