Gold Dredge Number 4
Gold Dredge Number 4 Review
Gold Dredge Number 4, a wooden-hull gold dredge along Bonanza Creek, is about 20 minutes outside town. The site is currently in transtion; Parks Canada used to offer tours, now they offer a brochure for what's billed as "the largest wooden hulled, bucket line gold dredge in North America." When it was in operation the dredge ate rivers whole, spitting out gravel and keeping gold for itself. (To get an idea of how much area the dredge affected, think of the economics of this: hauling this enormous piece of machinery this far into the middle of nowhere, at a time when gold was worth less than $20 per ounce, and still making money.) Pan for gold yourself in Bonanza Creek, where the Klondike Visitors Association offers a free claim for visitors. Be sure to bring your own supplies (almost every gift shop in town sells gold pans). Exit the Klondike Highway at Km Marker 74.