Prospector John's

Prospector John's


Gold Panning & ProspectingRafting Trips

About Us

Only 90 minutes south of Anchorage at MP 45 Sterling Highway, Cooper Landing. Easy access surrounded by mountain wilderness. Learn authentic prospecting skills including how to process raw gold ore using a sluice box and pan the concentrates. Enjoy the simple fun of gemstone mining. Book the guided adventure of a lifetime, rafting the Kenai River and bushwhacking to a remote stream to gold prospect. Mine our gift shop for treasure: mystical crystals, quirky gemstone trees, hand-made jewelry and souvenirs, rough and polished gemstones, quartz, crystals, agate, prospecting equipment, gold concentrates/paydirt, gold nuggets, fossils, leather items, knives, Prospector John’s wild game jerky, art capturing Alaska's last frontier heritage, exquisite gold and silver Alaskan jewelry, and Alaskan-minted precious metal commemorative and collector coins. We boast the most unique gift shop in Alaska; if you don’t agree, we will give you a free chocolate gold coin just for coming by!


Prospector John's Store Cooper Landing, Alaska
Prospector John, AKA John Belcik, prospecting
Gemstones and gold!
Mini Pro Gemstone Miner
Nice technique prospecting!
Rafting the Kenai River to John's Gold Claim
The motherlode!
Digging for gold in nature's beauty
Running raw gold ore through sluice at John's store locale
And panning the concentrates afterwards