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Wades Gold Mill

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Address: 12401 Deerfield Rd, Hill City, SD 57745-6500
Phone Number: +1 605-574-2680
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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We are now CLOSED for 2016! Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. An authentic...

We are now CLOSED for 2016! Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. An authentic experience - learn about the history of gold mining in the Black Hills, and try your hand at panning for gold. Guided tours, gold panning lessons.

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Highlight of our trip!

One thing I've always wanted to do was pan for gold so I looked up several options in the Black Hills and selected Wade's based on good reviews. It is located just north of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
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Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

One thing I've always wanted to do was pan for gold so I looked up several options in the Black Hills and selected Wade's based on good reviews. It is located just north of downtown Hill City and up a slight hill. When you pull in it doesn't look like much but it is the real deal. My daughter and... More 

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Thank pkmsMissouri
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us, and for giving us your feedback! We're so glad you enjoyed our authentic experience and finding gold and garnets, and appreciate your recommendation :) Hope you can come back for the tour sometime, too! Thanks again, and all our best to you. More 

Hambergen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We had our first lessons about gold panning a few years ago in Alaska. I can tell that there is a difference in how people do the same. Wades Gold Mill is not an overcrowded touristy place to go. Its a quiet and pleasant place. You will get a feeling how deeply the very friendly staff love the work. They... More 

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Thank MMOHZ
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting us and for writing up a review!! We do love to show people how to pan for gold!! You're right, it's not easy work! Thanks for coming back again - we enjoy getting to know people better! :) All our best to you! More 

Ozark, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Located in Hill city and easy to find this family operated mill. Come and see the musem of really neat mining tools and machinery and then pan for gold and find garnets and other neat rocks like quarts at the same time. This gives you the respect for Miners of the past and present.

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting with us, and for taking the time to post a review!! We are glad you enjoyed the tour and panning. You're right, those old miners deserve our respect - their lives weren't easy!! :) Thanks again, and take care!! More 

Anniston, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I took my four-year-old daughter gold panning at Wade's Mill. We had a really great time, and the folks were very friendly. The gentleman who showed us how to pan was very patient and taught us well. We didn't do the tour.

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Thank JodiH2025
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us, and for taking the time to write a review! So glad you had a great time learning to pan for gold. We will pass along your nice comments - thank you so much! Take good care! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Thankfully I had read previous reviews as when we pulled up it was a run down shack looking area. But the experience both my kids and I had will not likely be forgotten. They loved panning for their own gold. Our guide was wonderful and so kind working with kids and adults alike. My youngest (6) grew a little impatient,... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in, and for writing up a review. I'm glad you all enjoyed panning for gold! We do our best to provide an authentic, educational and enjoyable experience :) We will pass your kind comments along - thanks so much! Take care! More 

Coon Rapids, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Our boys aged 10 & 11 had a fabulous time learning how to pan for gold. Although there is currently a drought, so the creek is dry, the staff were still able to make this fun and they learned a lot! The place looks run down, but it is well worth the trip! Our boys highly recommend going here!!

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us, and for taking the time to write up a review! Glad we were able to make the panning experience both fun and educational for your sons :) Please thank them for their recommendations!! Take care! More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

This family has been around gold mining since the early 1900s. They are great at showing you the way and helping out anxious kids. The creek was dry, so we were unable to pan in running water, but the kids still had loads of fun.

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to visit us, and for the review!! So glad your family enjoyed learning how to pan. Yes, we sure wish we weren't in a drought right now, so people could enjoy our lovely creek!! :) Thanks again, and take care!! More 

Coplay, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We had a great time panning for gold with Sis. She taught us how to wash away the bad dirt so we can find gold! We all found a few flakes of gold, but my daughter found gold in her own scoop of dirt! The rest of us found lots of gems. The January boys were really happy with all... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting with us, and for taking the time to put up a review! Glad you enjoyed the gold panning and the garnets :) Congrats to your daughter for finding gold in her own scoop, too!! All our best to you! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing time at Wade's Gold Mill. Our instructor did a great, thorough job teaching us how to pan for gold and made sure to check in on us even after we finished our lesson and panned on our own. Very good value and so much fun!

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, and for writing up a review! We're glad you had a great experience panning!! We always try to provide a thorough, educational and authentic experience. :) Take care - hope you had a great time in the Hills! More 

Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

When we pulled into the lot we were afraid to get out of the car at first. It is an old and unkept collection of shacks. Since we had driven all the way up to Hill City we decided to go for it and pay the $11 per person to learn how to pan for gold and garnets. You start... More 

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for writing a review. We are glad you had a lot of fun and felt like you had an authentic experience! We will pass your comments on to our staff. Hope you had a great time in the Hills! More 

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