Resurrection Creek is the site of the exciting second discovery of gold on the Kenai Peninsula in 1888. Since 1895 this creek has yielded an approximated 30,000-40,000 ounces of gold. Itís been over 100 years since mining began at Resurrection Creek, but it is still a popular site for recreational gold panning.
There is a half-mile stretch available for recreational gold panning that starts 4.5 miles from Hope, at the Resurrection Pass Trail footbridge, and ends at a patented claim (private land) thatís marked with a gate. Use Palmer Creek Road out of Hope to access this area.
There are two specific spots in this area where you have the best odds of finding a very small fortune. One good spot to try panning is near the campsite .25 miles above the footbridge, you might come across some fine, flat gold. Near the recreational mining information sign along the creek bank is another good spot.