The Cripple River property encompasses more than 2,300 acres. The first prospectors used only hand tools to extract gold back in the early 1900's. They built miles of ditches to bring water for sluicing the ancient gravels. Many ounces of gold were taken from this area in spite of the cumbersome mining methods.
Around 1910, a dredging company began to construct a bucket line gold dredge about six miles up stream from the mouth of the Cripple River. The dredge's heavy hull was completed and the rest of the heavy iron was hauled to the site. The dredge hull and its unassembled parts remain today where they were left when World War I abruptly halted all commercial mining. In effect, the ground here never was commercially worked. Little mining or exploration was done on this property until the late 1970’s when a geological survey was conducted. The survey reaffirmed the presence of commercially mineable placer deposits and coarse gold in some locations.
In 1985, Global Outdoors, Inc., purchased 2,300 acres at the mouth of the Cripple River and, in 1986, built a frontier town on the shore of the Bering Sea - the Cripple River Mining Camp.
Here the days are long and the summer tempered by northern breezes which are cool and refreshing. This is Alaska, plain and simple, and there are no limitations.
You can travel to Nome in as little as one short day. It’s incredible how close it really is.