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Prospector John's Gold-N-Paddle

Mile 48 Sterling Highway, Cooper Landing, AK 99669
+1 907-598-1808
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Great Beef Jerky!

We stopped on our way to fishing on the Kenai River for some beef jerky - Prospector John's did not... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Excellent. Great fun!

We did not do the gold n paddle.We paid for the Prospecting in Alaska-which is the shovel up a... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
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My property is in Cooper Landing nestled in the Kenai Mountains and next to the beautiful Kenai Lake. We are approx 2/1/4 mile from where the Kenai Lake dumps into the start of Kenai River. We teach prospecting and gold panning skills and you learn how to find gold starting with a shovel and raw river gravel.We also have gem and fossil panning, my own brand of wild meat jerky, mining and prospecting supplies and a small gift shop with Alaskan made gifts. We also have a full day prospecting and back country excursion into the wilderness where you can see the Alaskan wilderness up close and prospect for gold in a wild stream if you so desire...
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“kenai river” (2 reviews)
“sluice” (8 reviews)
Mile 48 Sterling Highway, Cooper Landing, AK 99669
+1 907-598-1808
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

We stopped on our way to fishing on the Kenai River for some beef jerky - Prospector John's did not disappoint. The jerky was excellent!

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

We did not do the gold n paddle.We paid for the Prospecting in Alaska-which is the shovel up a bucket of pay dirt on their property off the side of the road and pan for gold. Their gift shop is nice. The 2 staff we...More

Thank CAtravelerCA
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

We came here with our 7 and 8 year olds. The gold panning kept them both very interested and they had a blast anticipating their big haul! The folks here are patient and friendly and treated them to some science lessons as well. There's also...More

Thank Carmen F
Reviewed 10 July 2016

When we booked this trip we weren't really sure what to expect. This excursion actually turned out to be one of the highlights of or trip. Prospector John took us deep into the woods as we made our way to a very secluded spot where...More

Thank Tammy R
Prospectorjohns, Owner at Prospector John's Gold-N-Paddle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2016

Thank you for a very pleasant adventure. I had a lot of fun sharing my world with you.

Reviewed 26 August 2015

Planned our trip to Alaska for 2 years. Read about the all day back country experience and had loved seeing more of Alaska country. Being afraid of bears was my only concern. Having a little more knowledge of them from this trip has eased that...More

Thank happyfor10years
Reviewed 3 August 2015

There really is a prospector John, and he'll show you and teach you how to find gold flakes using a sluice and a gold pan. He's the expert. Don't expect to get rich, but whether you are young or old you'll have a good time.

Thank Miranda D
Reviewed 22 July 2015

What a fantastic excursion this was. Our family had a great time on the hike with prospector John, he had some great stories to share and is a wealth of knowledge. He ensured that everyone had a great time. We may not have struck it...More

Thank 4ThBoys
Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

We had a lot of fun panning today. Our two teen boys got into it and liked using the sluice. While we didn't get rich, it was a fun hour and a half. It looks like it be might be a typical tourist trap since...More

Thank Kim B
Reviewed 15 July 2015

This was an awesome excursion. I loved the hike with prospector John. He was a wealth of information about the Alaskan wilderness. This trip gives you a true feel of Alaska. You hike with provided waders and a stick walking through creeks and animal trails,...More

Thank Black9782
Reviewed 7 July 2015

We were exploring Alaska with our 3 kids (ages 16, 14 and 11) when we heard about this fun little place! We got each of the kids a bucket to look for gold and sure enough, they found gold! It was so fun to watch...More

Thank Matzner5
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