Gold rush

Gold rush in Alaska?

Your Alaska travel adventure starts here at Prospector John’s.

Try your hand at gold panning, gem mining or plan an outdoor river raft excursion down the Kenai to find your Alaska gold rush.

Prospector John’s has something for everyone of all ages.

We have teamed up with local businesses to make your stay in Alaska a great adventure:

  • Kenai River Fishing
  • Learn gold panning
  • Gold Pay Dirt concentrates
  • Jerky – John’s personal label jerky – From wild mild to very HOT!!!
  • Jewelry – Alaskan handmade custom earrings, pendants.
  • Pan-a-Month Club
  • Trailblazers Club
  • Arts – CollectiblesCrafts
  • Coins – John’s collection of old, rare, some gold, silver and others
  • Canoeing / Kayak information
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Boat launch to Kenai River — Cooper Landing
  • Public Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Accommodations
  • * We can help plan or arrange – lodging, trips and more if you need help *
  • Online store

Gold panning or gem mining. A fun activity for the entire family

Whether you’re first timer or you are an old pro you’ll enjoy the experience here. Prospector John’s gem mine has been host to kids day camps and birthday parties.  Both gold panning and gemstone panning are fun and easy, require no skills and can be very addictive in a fun way!

At our Soldotna location we offer Kid’s Gemstone Mining Day Camps all summer long. This is a huge hit with locals and tourists alike.

Don’t overlook or miss out on the master craftsmanship of Scott Hanson’s Town of Living Trees.

Scott has taken many awards and as you marvel at his working carousel made of life-sized, masterfully carved Alaskan animals, say hello to other characters both hidden and in plain sight.   Take a lot of pictures!


Learn to pan for gold with Prospector John and his knowledgeable staff. This fun, easy and relaxing experience can also be profitable!

Outdoors we teach you how to use sluice boxes to run your buckets of pay dirt gravel. We then show you how to pan it out the old-fashioned way. When you are done we carefully place your bounty in a vial for you to take home and show off to your friends!

Vacation rushed?  — it happens.

We also offer paydirt, gemstone / fossil bags you can take home and pan or sift through at leisure.

Exclusive Prospector John’s gem bags are chock full of raw and fantastic rocks and minerals.

Choose the size you want from four different sizes. 1/4 — 1/2 —  2/3 — or  (1) one full pound bags.