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Recreational Gold Mining at Chicken, Alaska

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Great 'colors' in the gold pan at Chicken, Alaska Click each photo to greatly enlarge it

    In the past century, over 100,000 ounces of placer gold have been mined on Chicken Creek and its tributaries and there still remains a great deal of gold to be found. It is one of the richest placer gold deposits to be mined in Alaska. In 2007, we opened some of our claims to recreational placer gold mining so visitors could find gold in Alaska. These claims include virgin ground as well as some ground previously mined by crude methods at least 50 years ago. The claims have historically produced good placer gold including some nuggets as large as 3 oz. Our customers have found many gold nuggets including some larger than one ounce! In 2015, we added recreational mining access to our claims on Lost Chicken Creek. We will continue to allow access to the Lost Chicken claims, but do not provide support (transportation and instruction) for those claims. We have also opened our river claims on the South Fork and Mosquito Fork to recreational suction dredging.

    Guests* staying at the Chicken Gold Camp can pan or mine for gold on all of our nearby claims for a daily fee. We allow use of pans, metal detectors, hand sluices, small suction dredges and high bankers (2.5" max). It is approximately 2 miles by road and trail to most of the claims. The last mile to our Myers Fork claims requires an ATV or a hike. We provide transportation to our Myers Fork claims for prospectors and gear for a fee. No motorized vehicles other than ATVs will be permitted on the last mile of trail. The shuttle generally runs one round trip per day so come prepared for being out in the weather all day: rain gear, rubber boots, hat, water bottle and food. We require all prospectors to declare the amount of gold mined at the end of each day for our records, but all gold is yours to keep.

What to expect: Every morning a short orientation is held at 9 am for newcomers on the claims (Myers Fork only). The shuttle makes 1 trip in the morning at 8:15 for repeat customers and a 2nd trip at 9 am for newcomers; it picks up in the afternoon starting at 5:30 (there are no mid-day trips); be prepared to stay on the claims all day unless you want to walk back to camp. We do have an outhouse on the claims but there is no other shelter so be prepared for all types of weather ... rain gear, rubber boots, hat, warm jacket. Bring plenty of food and water. Your guide is there to instruct and assist, not to do the work for you. We want everyone to find gold in Chicken Alaska and hopefully find a gold nugget.

G and J Highbanking at Chicken, Alaska Rates:

      $20 per day for gold panning & metal detecting
      $35 per day for hand sluices - your equipment
      $55 per day for high bankers or suction dredges - your equipment (max pump intake: 2½")
      $75 per day for trommels and other mechanical classifying equipment (max pump intake: 2½")
      $20 per day for additional helpers for any of the above activities

      * Prices apply to those camped at Chicken Gold Camp and are per person per day.

      * Different rates apply to those not staying at Chicken Gold Camp.

Hours:

      Prospecting is available from 8am to 7pm daily except for newcomers who must sign in at 9am the first day and go through orientation. If you miss the 9 am orientation you will have to wait until the next day to go to the claims.

Equipment Rentals:

      $15 per day to rent a hand sluice (shovels, pans, classifiers and buckets included)
      $35 per day to rent a high banker or dredge (gas, shovels, pans and classifiers included)

      Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.

    Many 'pickers' and nice jewelry nuggets have been found by our guests with the largest to date weighing 1.4 oz. We have many members in our "1 oz club": those who have found one oz of gold or more in one season. We also have a number of guests who have made the "3 oz club". The claims have also produced some nice specimens of jasper, chert, agate, opal, amethyst and petrified wood for those who like rock hounding.

Suction dredging: Chicken Gold Camp has 5 claims on the South Fork of the Fortymile at the mouth of Lost Chicken Creek and 6 claims on the Mosquito Fork above the bridge which we have opened to suction dredging. All equipment and transportation must be supplied by the guests. All of our claims on the South Fork and 3 of our claims on the Mosquito Fork are open to dredges up to 6". These claims will only be open when river conditions warrant. Please email for more details.

Suction Dredge Rates:

      $55 per day for dredges up through 2.5"; $330 for one week punch card (one day free)**
      $80 per day for dredges up through 4"; $480 for one week punch card (one day free)**
      $120 per day for dredges 5" to 6"; $720 for one week punch card (one day free)**
      $20 per day for additional helpers for any of the above activities

      * Prices apply to those camped at Chicken Gold Camp and are per person per day. Higher rates apply to those not staying at Chicken Gold Camp.

      ** Punch card passes (7 days) can also be used for dredging or high banking (2.5" limit) on our Myers Fork claims; days do not have to be used consecutively...they are honored all season. Only dredges with motors up to 18hp and an intake hose of 6" or less will be allowed on Mosquito Fork #3-6 and our South Fork claims. Only dredges with motors up to 18hp and an intake hose or 4" or less will be allowed on Mosquito Fork #1-3 (nearest the bridge). Our claims are for day use only so no overnight camping is allowed on the claims

      Dredging is available from 8am to 7pm daily.



Nuggets from the creek at Chicken, Alaska
Miners show off the gold they panned out at Chicken, Alaska

Family fun - gold panning at Chicken, Alaska
Successful German 'goldwaschen' at Chicken, Alaska

Highbank gold mining at Chicken, Alaska
Panning and sluicing in the creek at Chicken, Alaska

Gold taken right from the creek - Chicken, Alaska
Panning and sluicing for gold at Chicken, Alaska


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Chicken, Alaska   99732

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