Indian Valley Mine Gold Panning
During the 1880's rumours of gold in the Turnagain Arm area of Alaska brought a rush of early settlers to the region. Over time, many of the mines closed as less and less gold was found.
The Indian Valley Gold Mine, developed by Peter Strong, was one of the few mines that remained active, with quartz deposits discovered in 1905 and again in 1910. In the 1930's Strong staked an agricultural claim on the property and the mine went down in history as one of the longest-running gold load mines in Turnagain Arm.
Today, visitors to the National Historic Site can try their own hand at gold panning, tour the historic grounds complete with a cabin and assay building (among Turnagain Arm's oldest surviving structures), and visit a small museum and gift shop.
If you need transportation to the above tour please consider using the Turnagain Arm Shuttle.
The Turnagain Arm Shuttle is the region's largest transportation service providing visitors with an affordable way to access adventures along Turnagain Arm. Plan your trip ahead by visiting turnagainshuttle.com. Activities are an extra charge based on what you decide to see and do along the way.