We are in Cooper Landing now and today visited Prospector John's to learn how to pan for gold. First you run dirt thru the sluice and shake it, looking for flecks of gold. When you find flecks of gold, you pick 'em out with TWEEZERS. lol. The sluice looks kinda a like a three level washboard with spongey type filters between the levels. Anything the filters catch you put in the gold pan and pan it.
Boy I sure wouldn't want to do this for a living. But it was fun learning how. It sounded romantic - panning for gold in Alaska. I pictured myself at some isolated stream, panning away. Not anymore. Think I'll stick with fishin'.
Ha! John makes more money charging you for that experience then he gets for the gold in the gravel. The sluice is easy, try using only a pan, it is art form if done properly. If still in Cooper Landing visit with Ron and Sue, they are the hosts at the rest stop/boat launch. Full time rv'ers that came up here like you about 4 years ago and forgot to go back to the lower 48.
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We were in Chicken AK and they had a pile of ore next to water troughs. With some help I was able to pan a few flecks of gold and about a cup of gold bearing black sand.
I took the black sand back to the rv and put it in a container to be panned later. Later the DW looked into the container could'nt figure out what it was and threw it out. I'll bet there was enough gold in the sand to pay for the trip. ....oh well