riverboat discovery

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  • Chena Indian Village Walking Tour-Be immersed in frontier living first hand with a guided walking tour of an Athabascan Indian village. You’ll see an Athabascan Indian village with cabins made of spruce logs, a cache used for storing supplies, a primitive spruce bark hut and fur pelts. Our guides will explain how the wolf, fox, martin and beaver were used to provide food and protection in the harsh Arctic climate. They will also share how the Athabascans skillfully survived for over 10,000 years and how they adapted to village life and Western culture in the past century.

  • Bush Pilot Demonstration-See an Alaskan bush pilot takeoff and land right next to the boat! Our pilot will share his stories of village life and explain the vital role planes play in remote Alaska.

  • Susan Butcher Kennels-Next you’ll visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher. Learn firsthand about kennel life and the challenges that go into making a champion dogsled team. Dave Monson, Susan’s husband, or a senior handler at Trailbreaker Kennels share stories of life on the trails as puppies play in anticipation of joining the team. Keep your cameras ready; you will not want to miss the dog mushing demonstration!

  • Alaska @ 40 Below Experience-Winter in Fairbanks, where it often drops to 40 degrees below zero or more, can be downright brutal. With “Alaska at 40 Below”, you’ll step into our specially designed subzero chamber where we keep it a brisk, you guessed it, 40 degrees below zero. That’s a mid-winter day in the upper Alaskan interior. Can you take the challenge?

  • Discovery Dining Hall-Enjoy lunch and a special presentation from Iditarod champion Lance Mackey. Included in lunch is a hearty miner’s stew (beef stew with vegetables), Italian style pasta salad, biscuits and a blueberry crumb cake. We also serve potato leek soup which is a gluten-free/vegetarian option. We can accommodate every dietary need. Iced tea and coffee are complimentary; beer, wine and soda are available for purchase. Your meal is all you can eat and will be served family style; each component of the meal will be brought to your table and guests may serve themselves.


Rates: $69.95 Adults / $42.95 (3-12 yrs old) Infants are free

Times: 9:00am & 2:00pm Duration: 3 hours
Payment/Cancellation Policy:  Reserve your space early, pay at hotel check in. Cancel 72+ hrs. prior to avoid $25 cancellation fee.

The Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8 tours are designed so you can do both tours in one day. However, please note that these tours are not at the same location.


gold dredge 8

  • Tanana Valley Railroad-Your adventure begins at Gold Dredge 8 with a ride on a replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad near some of the original rail routes. Once aboard our narrow gauge railroad, you will enjoy a short narrated journey to the dredge. Your regular conductor and commentator is Earl Hughes, who provides festive music along your journey.

  • Trans Alaska Pipeline-Your first stop at Gold Dredge 8 is an up-close view of the 48-inch Trans Alaska Pipeline, a marvel of modern engineering and part of the largest industry in Alaska. The Trans Alaska Pipeline is responsible for approximately 15% of the nation’s domestic oil production. At this stop you may view informational displays and you will hear commentary regarding the history and function of the pipeline. You will walk underneath the pipeline to reach the next stop of your tour! Make sure to snap a picture of your loved ones ‘holding up’ the pipeline!

  • Gold Dredge 8-Described as either a floating workhorse or a mechanical gold pan, Gold Dredge 8 extracted millions of ounces of gold from the frozen Alaskan ground. Today, Gold Dredge 8 National Historic District serves as a monument to the hard working miners who built Fairbanks. The train will stop beside the dredge and miners will give a sluice box demonstration and talk about mining in Alaska. Later in the tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the dredge and feel the gold history come alive!

  • Gold Panning-As part of your tour, Alaskan miners will show you how to pan for gold, and you will receive your own poke filled with pay dirt. Friendly guides are on hand to help you uncover the gold in your pan. Comfortable benches and warm water make this an easy and enjoyable experience. Everyone will share your excitement when you strike it rich— and nothing beats the thrill of taking home real Alaskan gold!


Rates: $42.95 Adults / $26.95 Child (3-12 yrs old) Infants are free
Times: 10:30am & 1:45pm
Duration: 2 hours 

Payment/Cancellation Policy:  Reserve your space early, pay at hotel check in. Cancel 72+ hrs. prior to avoid $25 cancellation fee.

The Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8 tours are designed so you can do both tours in one day. 

Please note that these tours are not at the same location.

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