Just as Fred gives up on the Glory Hole, it suddenly pays out big. Tony Beets starts to tear apart his 500 ton dredge. At Big Nugget, Parker clashes with his grandfather when John wants to shut down the wash plant. Meanwhile Tony Beets plans to resurrect a floating dredge that hasn't been used in 30 years. Tony's crew battles over how to fix the bucket line on the dredge and Todd calls upon Freddy Dodge for help. Good sized nuggets like these are getting a little harder to find each year. Todd's Roulette cut provides both rewards and problems.
Todd runs two massive washplants, Tony pushes to get his dredge out of the water before it freezes and Grandpa John arrives to find out if Parker has beaten his rival Todd. Tony Beets becomes furious when he finds that Parker has moved his whole operation over the creek. Todd junks his old washplant, after finding out it's losing gold, only to discover his new washplant is weeks away. Parker Schnabel uncovers the two-year mystery of Smith Creek just as his grandpa reveals some bad news. Parker races to get his second wash plant running, but struggles. The delay on Todd's replacement threatens to ruin his season. Tony races to dismantle the final sections of his million-dollar Dredge.
Parker's crew pushes hard in attempt to have Treasure Island live up to its name. Will big risks lead to an even bigger pay out? Parker's need for speed destroys his wash plant. With the brutal Alaskan winter threatening, they battle floods, cave-ins and equipment breakdowns. Todd doubles down with a second monster washplant. Tony discovers his dredge is pouring gold out of its sluices. Tony needs to re-float his sunken dredge and turns to a familiar face from the Hoffman crew for a solution.
You will also find some great information about mining, panning, metal detecting, dredging, any all kinds of good stuff related to prospecting for gold. The power on Tony's 75-year-old dredge is upped to speed up production. Parker is out of cash and must find gold — but Tony Beets has bad news for him. Parker faces a mutiny and seeks advice from his grandpa. Parker and Todd wager on who will get the most gold, leading to big changes on the claims. With his excavator down, Parker risks moving his washplant with a dozer.
He hits his goal, even with a gold thief on the loose. Fred has to abandon his best paydirt yet when his excavator gets stuck in the pit. Parker and Tony face off over royalties and land access in a confrontation that threatens to end one of their seasons before it's even begun. These beautiful gold nuggets were recently mined up near the mining town of Chicken, Alaska. Dave's mine at Indian River digs deeper in search of gold, and pulls 33 oz in a week. And, Freddy drops a bombshell. Parker does the work of two men until an argument with his mother threatens to shut him down.
Todd searches for a fix so he can stop losing gold out of the sluicebox. The Dakota Boys receive a visit from an inspector with the power to shut down their mine, but they pass inspection. Then disaster strikes as Todd's daughter fights for her life. Meanwhile, massive rocks break Dakota Fred's de-rocker and Parker reconsiders his future after smelting his 35 oz season haul into a solid gold bar. Plus, Parker must move Sluicifer but is short on crew.
Todd desperately tries to stop his crew from falling apart. At Indian River, Team Turin bites off more than they can chew. Parker faces a crew rebellion and Dakota Fred attacks the Glory Hole with his secret weapon — the bedrock shark. With features from Moonshiners, Gold Divers and Deadliest Catch. This reality series follows the exploits of various family-run gold mining businesses as they look for the shiny metal in some very inhospitable environments. Parker's gamble to run his washplant without protection from rocks proves costly. The Hoffmans find a gold nugget that becomes a game-changer and Dakota Fred accomplishes what Jack Hoffman never managed to do at Porcupine creek.
Loaded with supplies, they leave their loved ones behind and drive from Oregon to southeast Alaska in a Klondike convoy. Tony's dredge takes a hit as he puts a rookie winchman in the hot seat. Parker tries a risky plan to keep the gold coming in and must choose a new foreman. Todd recovers his weekly loss by opening the roulette cut. Tony attempts to remove the wheelhouse from his 75 year old gold dredge. The inspector finds safety violations and both operations face closure.
A look forward reveals where the miners will be next season and who will return. Parker risks his life to get pay dirt from an abandoned mine site down a dangerous mountain road. After a million-dollar rookie season, Parker Schnabel re-invests every penny in hopes of doubling his take this season. Parker is on the warpath when a new crew member throws out his gold. Parker faces a breakdown that leaves his mining season at a standstill.