Parker piles on the pressure and it proves to be too much for one of his young crew members. When he weighs his Slucifer cleanup he nets 496 ounces of gold and when he weighs gold from Big Red the mine boss gets an additional 440 ounces of gold. What was special about this episode was that Todd Hoffman's comeback was admirable despite multiple near disasters this rough season. Just as Fred gives up on the Glory Hole, it suddenly pays out big. But hard work late into the night finally hits a pay streak. Parker battles his ancient washplant and the treacherous road from Discovery Claim while Dustin risks it all diving for hidden gold in the frozen glory hole water. Parker races to get his second wash plant running, but struggles.
Tony's daughter Monica gets stuck in a bad situation. The Dakota boys get the biggest clean-out of their season. Parker brings in dynamite to blast a big solid rock to finish building a new road to Smith Creek. The dredge is stuck in his own tailings. 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. 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.
Parker faces a mutiny and seeks advice from his grandpa. For anyone counting, that's 1 million dollars worth of gold more than last year. Rick makes a shocking discovery about his gold mining claim and turns to his dad for help. Parker makes a last-ditch effort at Smith Creek Hill and the Dakota Boys' season may be over when Dustin smashes the side of the wash plant. Parker's crew goes into meltdown when he forces them to replace a bridge, while Fred attempts to make a precision part for the 270's track out of scrap metal. Disaster strikes for Tony and Todd gives his crew a shock ultimatum. Todd says his Fairplay mine is carrying the ball this season and Sacramento mine isn't paying up as he hoped.
Parker ignores Tony Beets, but still manages to hit his first pay dirt. The Dakota Boys find their first bedrock gold in the glory hole. Tony and Monica fire up their wash plant as they battle to beat Parker to the gold. The tension mounts as they wait to see whether they're sitting on a gold-rich paystreak — or about to go bust. The risk for moving the dredge without a permit would be getting fined about double the price of the dredge.
Unwilling to admit defeat, Parker uses a new piece of equipment to thaw his frozen pay dirt. He hits his goal, even with a gold thief on the loose. The Dakota boys need to find a safe route over thin ice. But while he's gone, his chief investor Jason Otteson arrives on the claim to find chaos — and no Todd. 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.
Next year, with a land use permit, Tony can perhaps move the ancient hunk of metal back to his mine and make it dredge gold. Beets tries to find better ground for his dredge. Its all hands on deck as Tony and family finally start to rebuild his million-dollar second dredge. The Dakota boys face the threat of historic floods and Parker desperately needs to secure new ground. Under extreme pressure, Dave confesses that he thinks he's let his crew down. Dakota Fred's glory hole is thought to contain millions in gold, but 4ft of snow is in the way. Todd is thousands of dollars in the hole and the 1,000-ounce goal looks impossible.
Archived from on October 23, 2015. The miners start to rebuild the mining ghost town but the bears aren't so keen on their new neighbors — and they let them know it. Plus, Todd attempts to use chemical integrity to break a monster boulder that's in his path. Tony's dredge takes a hit as he puts a rookie winchman in the hot seat. Tony sends son Mike on his first voyage as Captain on his tug the Kid Commando. Because he doesn't own the property and is without the proper permits he's not legally allowed to move the dredge or disturb the land it sits on. Parker's gamble to run his washplant without protection from rocks proves costly.
Dustin participates in a dangerous operation. Parker gets the biggest gold clean up in Gold Rush history. Todd doubles down with a second monster washplant. Todd discovers a major design flaw in the equipment and is forced to make huge modifications. To earn some quick cash, he takes on a contract to replace the bridge leading to the Dakota Boys' claim. Tony Beets takes on his biggest challenge yet in tearing down his second dredge.
Parker tries a risky plan to keep the gold coming in and must choose a new foreman. Tony Beets, The Viking, buys a 75-year-old gold-catching dredge, and plans to transport it to his claim and get gold this season; Todd Hoffman is left a broken man without a crew and with no plans to mine, but his father convinces him to travel back to the Yukon, where he strikes a deal on a new gold-rich claim. Dave's mine at Indian River digs deeper in search of gold, and pulls 33 oz in a week. And, there's a look back at the biggest payouts of gold, crab cash, and treasure. Parker and Todd wager on who will get the most gold, leading to big changes on the claims. Tony seeks for a new investment. Dave's race to open a new cut leaves his dozer hanging over a cliff.
Whatever the case, Dakota Fred and his son are now operating in a place called McKinley Creek, which can be found in the state of Alaska. The power on Tony's 75-year-old dredge is upped to speed up production. Archived from on February 18, 2015. Parker hires a new crew and sets his sights on new land. Parker faces a breakdown that leaves his mining season at a standstill. He's a hard worker and has clear goals, but damn if he isn't problematic with his temper and personal skills. Wedding bells ring in the Yukon as the Beets family readies for the marriage of Tony's daughter Monica.