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GPAA Alaska Expedition

Cripple River, Alaska

*ATTENTION – This is a Membership Vacation, you must belong to the GPAA or LDMA to attend.
  • Phone: 800-551-9707
  • Web site:
  • Length of Vacation: Week long outings
  • Cost: $1,450 first week / $1,050 each additional week (Does not include airfare) Space is limited! See their Information Sheet for more precise info
  • Open: Seasonal (see site for dates)
  • Type of Prospecting: Gold – high banking on beach, dredging, panning
  • Equipment: Provided
  • Instruction: Classes are conducted several times a week covering topics such as beach mining, basic geology, fine gold recovery, rock and mineral, flowers & birds, etc.
  • Lodging: Miners cabins (see Info Sheet for details)
  • Meals: Included in price

From their web site:

Come along on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Last Frontier! If you have ever dreamed of escaping the everyday life and wanted to experience great prospecting, fishing, and the beautiful Alaskan scenery then here is your chance. The GPAA Alaska Expedition is a unique, eight-week vacation on the gold filled beaches of Nome, Alaska. Aside from the exciting experiences of the Cripple River camp, Nome is home to the finish line of the world-famous Iditarod sled dog race, deep mining tradition of the first gold rush days, and filled with wildlife around every corner.

If you love to fish, the Cripple River has everything you need. Pink salmon run lasts almost the entire month of July, right along with Chum salmon. There is also a healthy presence of freshwater fish including Arctic Char and Dolly Varden that run during the trip and are some of the ‘fighten’est’ fish that ever knocked the fire out of a rod and reel. Not to forget about the Silver Salmon, most averaging between 8 and 12 lbs and 24-to-30 inches long. With all this excitement, it’s sure to keep your fishing experience interesting.

Since 1982, the Gold Prospectors Association has been escorting its members north to mining camps on 2,300 acres of the beautiful Seward Peninsula; providing them with food, shelter, mining equipment, and mining techniques in the form of classes and seminars conducted by knowledgeable experts. The Cripple River Mining Camp is located in a perfect setting, 12 miles west of Nome, tucked away on the tundra-laden shore of the Bering Sea, with picturesque backgrounds of deep- hued, enchanted hills.

 Video from Youtube Channel “sromrell” – 2013 Vacation


  1. Dale and Betty wheeler

    Betty and I were on our honeymoon, we live in grants pass, Oregon, and we thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality, the screening and the loot, also the friendliness of your bonde tour guide both in identifying and taking us in the jeep tour. I made some purchases. Of a large dinner plate size clevelandite as well as a nice miniature schorl. I wish I had gone ahead and bought the nice terminated schorl that probably weighed z20 pounds. Perhaps when we return next year there will be a similar xl. Have a productive year of fun and goodies. Dale and Betty wheeler

  2. Jared Simonds

    My dad spent a few weeks at the camp 3 or 4 years ago. I am very interested in coming to the camp on a volunteer basis. I’m 44 yes old and am a hard worker.
    I know a lot about prospecting gold and fishing.
    What would have to be done for me to possibly come to Alaska to work on the crew?
    Jared Simonds
    Presque Isle, ME.
    Thank you for your time

    • Dan

      Hi Jared, thanks for visiting my site. I am not affiliated with any of the sites listed here. I simply put them all in one place so people can find them easier. If you would like to leave a message for the GPAA, please visit their website. You can find the link above.

      Good luck!

  3. Glad to visit this blog, keep it going.

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