This gold claim, No. 6 above Discovery on historic Bonanza Creek, is maintained by the Klondike Visitors Association for visitors to experience the thrill of discovering gold using original hand mining tools such as pick-axe, hand shovel and gold pan.
This claim was first stakedby F. Ladouceur in October, 1896, not long after George Carmack made his famous discovery about a half mile downstream. Since then it has been worked by a variety of miners and mining companies, including Dredge No. 8 of the Yukon Consolidated Gold Company.
The KVA now owns the claim and visitors are welcome to pan for free and keep any gold that they find. Panning is restricted to hand tools only. Bring your own gold pan or rent from several locations in Dawson City.
The free claim is located approximately 9 miles/14 km up Bonanza Creek Road. Turn off the Klondike Highway and follow Bonanza Creek Road past Dredge No. 4 and the historic Discovery Claim. Watch for the signs on the left hand side of the road. GOOD LUCK!