If you're planning a trip to Alaska, you have a few choices to make especially if it's your first year. It's best to have a destination in mind. Many claim owners will let you do some "recreational" mining on their claims, but you will need their permission first. You can also start out in some of the free mining areas and from their you can check out other possibilities. Information on these areas including maps can be obtained from the BLM or DNR office in Fairbanks.
BEYOND THE ORDINARY - MINING IN ALASKA (PART 2)
A 4x4 pickup and travel trailer are your best bet for a comfortable stay. Believe me, tents will not cut it up here. If you're not eaten alive by mosquitoes before you can even get your tent up, you won't rest soundly with the type of wildlife in this country. You will need a rifle. Since you can't bring one with you, it's best to either purchase one when you get here or mail one to yourself. Never go anywhere in the wilderness of Alaska without a firearm suited for bear and wolves. Not that you'll even run into any, but you'll want to be prepared.
Be sure to research the nearest "Roadhouse" in the area where you're headed. The Alaskan roadhouse is the mainstay of any community. They provide a store, restaurant, bar, fuel, propane, showers, laundry and even rooms to rent. And, they are scattered throughout Alaska and Canada.
Alaska is absolutely one of the most awesome states in America. The lure it has is like no other. It can cause to you behave in bizarre ways....like wanting to move there or never leave. It's truly amazing. And so is the fishing, the scenery and, of course, the gold.