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    Wanting to sluice along the Alcan Highway to Alaska

    Hi Gang,

    My girl and I are going to drive up to Alaska from Seattle on the Alcan highway this summer. I've done quite a bit of prospecting but because of space limitations I just want to bring two small sluices. I just want to work a claim for a few days, nothing major, old fashion shovel and classifier.

    Can I just rent a claim for those days, should I work a public spot? How do I go about accomplishing my goal.

    Thanks everyone,

    Zig
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    There is a Canadian gold prospecting forum and may be a better place to ask your questions about prospecting along the highway before you enter Alaska. Here is a google link where you can find it...our forum rules say not to link it: https://www.google.com/search?q=cana...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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    I thought they had a no discharge into any stream rule in the province of British Columbia?
    so it might be wise to look into their rules and regulations.
    might look at areas after you cross into Alaska.
    Last edited by winners58; Feb 08, 2019 at 05:23 PM.
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    Yeah. I forgot about that. B.C. at least does not allow instream sluices.
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    If I may ask a question off subject a bit. I heard that the Alcan highway can be dangerous due to unsavory characters that prey on travelers. Is that true or bull feathers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackchipjim View Post
    If I may ask a question off subject a bit. I heard that the Alcan highway can be dangerous due to unsavory characters that prey on travelers. Is that true or bull feathers?

    I've done it twice. Early in the season late April once. Early May the other time.

    First time was four nineteen year olds in a Chevy Blazer. Best trip EVER!!First night instant legal age to drink in a bar. Since its twenty one in the states.

    Our sirst stop was somewhere along the Frasier River. Learned what Loonies and Twoonies were. Gas and cigarettes were insanely expensive. Compared to what we were used to paying.

    Second Time we came in through Alberta. Two roomates and my girlfriend.
    We split up after snowboarding in Banff for a few days.

    Hitting secluded towns with just my girlfriend, being some of the first few travelers other than trucks running the Alcan for the season.

    Some of the most unnerving times I've ever had.
    I felt like if anything was gonna go down. The whole town was gonna be in on it.


    Beautiful county. But, on both trips at most time 90 mph wasn't fast enough.


    Oh yea. You can't sluice the whole way..
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    Last summer my wife and I drove the whole Alaska Highway. I panned for a while in the Coal River after getting permission from the local land owner which is the Coal River Cafe (where we had lunch). A bear came down to the river to see how we were doing, that was a bit exciting but my wife (!) scared it off

    We did an 11 week trip up to AK and the Yukon with our travel trailer. I prospected in 17 different spots. Fun times and a couple/few spots produced pickers with just pan and sluice and Gold Cube.

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    Thanks for all the info everyone. It sounds like sluicing in Alaska is my best option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggenation View Post
    Thanks for all the info everyone. It sounds like sluicing in Alaska is my best option.
    I think so. I'm pretty sure in Canada you have to get a prospecting license to do anything and I bet they don't get issued to foreigners as easily. Just like in the US it's not legal for non-citizens to prospect if it's not on private land or a claim they have permission for.
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    I have driven the Alcan many many times winter and summer. I never had any issues with the locals or felt unsafe. The only locals that ever gave me trouble was the wildlife trying to commit suicide at 2am in front of me when I was pulling a 14k load.. Gotta watch the bison and the caribou, neither one seem to have much respect for heavy loaded vehicles with limited stopping power!

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    Akflyers experiences mirror my own. Many trips both directions and folks have always been great. Never an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenT View Post
    I think so. I'm pretty sure in Canada you have to get a prospecting license to do anything and I bet they don't get issued to foreigners as easily. Just like in the US it's not legal for non-citizens to prospect if it's not on private land or a claim they have permission for.
    Happily I think the rules are a bit better than this. Check online on the websites of each province you’ll visit to get the facts.

    Also, in the US, non-citizens can prospect, they just can’t file a claim...right?
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    Want to mention it wasnt like freaky or scary the whole time. and this was in 1997 and 2000

    If I was alone or was traveling later in the season with my girlfriend I would have felt better.

    It was early season and the only other vehicles were trucks and locals.

    In one remote area of B.C. we had a bit of a tense stop for food and gas with some creepy locals. Approaching my girlfriend and talking crap to me. It put me on alert the rest of the trip.

    I've always wanted to do it mid season as a tourist.

    considering I've only done it traveling for work.
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    Why would you leave gold to find gold? Plenty in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. It won't be any better in Alaska. The grass is not greener over the septic tank LOL! What would you do if you find gold in Canada? I had two buddies that worked in the Yukon for 4 summers. First year they were stopped at the border comming back and were fleeced quite well!!! Got about half their gold confiscated!!! Next three years they hiked for 3 or 4 days across into Alaska and sent the majority of their gold home by Fedex!!!! Last I checked the population of the Yukon territory was 30,000 humans and about 4 million bears

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Dickson View Post
    Why would you leave gold to find gold? Plenty in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. It won't be any better in Alaska. The grass is not greener over the septic tank LOL! What would you do if you find gold in Canada? I had two buddies that worked in the Yukon for 4 summers. First year they were stopped at the border comming back and were fleeced quite well!!! Got about half their gold confiscated!!! Next three years they hiked for 3 or 4 days across into Alaska and sent the majority of their gold home by Fedex!!!! Last I checked the population of the Yukon territory was 30,000 humans and about 4 million bears
    There was an interesting write up I found awhile back written by Dave McCracken, of the “New 49’ers” prospecting club, that documented a summer prospecting in B.C. and Alaska.
    Anybody remember that one? I didn’t see it on his web site. Maybe someone could provide a link?
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