The BEST Episodes of Gold Rush: White Water

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2022

Network: Discovery

Gold miners Dakota Fred and his son Dustin are back – returning to McKinley Creek Alaska, determined to make a fortune no matter the risk. But to find the big gold payout, they'll put their lives on the line by diving deep beneath the raging waters of one of Alaska's wildest creeks.

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Royal Flush

#1 - Royal Flush

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 14, 2020

The Dakota boys finish out their season with a record gold haul. Fred discovers a pocket of gold above Thunder Falls. Two miles away, Dustin battles a boulder field. Despite heavy rainfall and raging waters The Dakota Boys find their biggest nugget.

star 8.02
170 votes
Buried Alive

#2 - Buried Alive

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 5, 2021

An early winter storm turns McKinley Creek into a raging torrent. Unwilling to call it quits, Dustin and his crew prepare for their toughest battle yet. At the trifecta, Fred's worst fears come true as the walls of his dive hole come crashing down on him.

star 7.91
118 votes
Hard Times at House Rock

#3 - Hard Times at House Rock

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 14, 2022

In an act of sheer desperation, Dustin Hurt gambles his future on a dangerous mining strategy.

star 7.88
59 votes
Rockfall Ravine

#4 - Rockfall Ravine

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 31, 2020

Fred fires his dredge back up and lands his biggest gold haul of the year. Dustin faces an uncertain future and Carlos makes a surprising discovery at the new dive site.

star 7.83
170 votes
The Widow Maker

#5 - The Widow Maker

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 1, 2019

The Dakota boys are dredging towards a nugget trap they believe holds a jackpot of gold. After a rough season, this could this be the life-changing fortune they desperately need.

star 7.81
189 votes
Hands Full of Gold

#6 - Hands Full of Gold

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 7, 2020

Dakota Fred taps out Thunder Falls with his biggest gold haul. Dustin hits the nugget jackpot at Rockfall Ravine.

star 7.81
175 votes
Fresh Blood

#7 - Fresh Blood

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 12, 2021

Dustin puts his money and reputation on the line, doubling down on two claims at once for the chance at a life-changing payday. Doubling the size of his operation means bringing in fresh blood who quickly learn the hard way just how dangerous mining the raging white water is.

star 7.80
107 votes
Enter the Superclaw

#8 - Enter the Superclaw

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 29, 2019

The Dakota boys bank their first gold hauls of the season. Dustin invents a custom super claw to remove massive boulders from his plunge pool. Fred and his crew are confronted by a deadly cable malfunction.

star 7.79
183 votes
The Nugget Trap

#9 - The Nugget Trap

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 1, 2019

The Dakota Boys and the crew face difficulties and delays when their equipment breaks, but, their hard work finally pays off when they find a huge amount of gold.

star 7.78
203 votes
Too Close for Comfort

#10 - Too Close for Comfort

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 25, 2019

Dustin and Fred cannot agree on where to find gold and decide to dig in separate holes. Later, a confrontation threatens the entire operation.

star 7.76
199 votes
In Too Deep

#11 - In Too Deep

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 19, 2021

Dustin risks the remainder of his season on an ambitious move upstream to raging waters in a quest to add to his record-breaking gold haul; after a brush with death, Fred must come up with a new plan before someone gets killed.

star 7.75
114 votes
End of the Rainbow

#12 - End of the Rainbow

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 17, 2020

Dustin cleans up with his biggest gold haul yet. At Thunder Falls, engine failure and giant boulders block Fred's path to gold, and as the problems escalate, his life is on the line.

star 7.75
168 votes

#13 - Landslide

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 22, 2019

Digging deeper than ever, the crew sees no sign of the promised bedrock gold; just when the crew starts to question Dustin's leadership, his determination pays off.

star 7.75
175 votes
Roll of the Ice

#14 - Roll of the Ice

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 5, 2021

Dustin Hurt takes the biggest gamble of his life. But will doubling his crew mean double the reward or double the danger? Fred hurt drops a bombshell on Dustin that will change their future forever.

star 7.75
106 votes
To The Edge

#15 - To The Edge

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 12, 2021

Determined to add to his season's record-breaking gold haul, Dustin pushes his luck to the very edge, as a freak accident sends him hurtling out of control towards the 80 foot drop at McKinley falls.

star 7.74
117 votes
Under Pressure

#16 - Under Pressure

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 26, 2021

Dustin’s crew make an exciting discovery that pushes them to test their limits. Fred’s crew is dangerously deep and under pressure to get down to bedrock tests them all.

star 7.73
125 votes
Depths of Despair

#17 - Depths of Despair

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 29, 2021

The Dakota Boys are close to a huge gold cleanup; Ryan faces his worst fears as he dives deeper than ever into a crumbling, narrow 14-foot hole; Carlos finally hits bedrock at Rockfall Ravine and reveals that this dive site could pay out huge.

star 7.73
128 votes
Good As Gold

#18 - Good As Gold

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

The Dakota Boys race against time and put their new crew members to the test to rebuild their mine sites and haul heavy equipment to the Trifecta and Rockfall Ravine. Their first dive is golden and promises a successful season.

star 7.72
138 votes
Burned Alive

#19 - Burned Alive

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 11, 2019

Equipment failure leaves one crew member with life-threatening burns, while the advantage of having two dredges up and running proves successful.

star 7.72
212 votes
Dustin to the Rescue

#20 - Dustin to the Rescue

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 22, 2021

Fred turns to his son Dustin for help when he uncovers a giant overhanging boulder at The Trifecta on the side wall that threatens to kill any diver below it. But tensions run high once Dustin takes control of Fred's operation.

star 7.71
117 votes
Swallowed Up

#21 - Swallowed Up

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 27, 2020

Carlos, Dustin and James battle the fastest and most violent rapids they've ever dove in. They must engineer a way to slow the rapids down or risk being washed over the 80-foot waterfall. A faulty dredge valve on Fred's operation becomes explosive.

star 7.70
140 votes
Sacrifice & Sabotage

#22 - Sacrifice & Sabotage

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 15, 2019

After being rescued from the water, Dustin is forced to look for a new mine site due to the flood, but he soon finds out that the McKinley site may not be a lost cause after all.

star 7.70
187 votes
No Guts, No Glory Holes

#23 - No Guts, No Glory Holes

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 22, 2019

Fred and his crew return to the glory hole to complete unfinished business. Dustin's crew strikes gold, but are blocked by massive boulders and must engineer an insane system of winches and pulleys to go deeper and get down to bedrock.

star 7.69
184 votes
When Bears Attack

#24 - When Bears Attack

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 18, 2019

A hungry and aggressive apex predator tears through the miners' camp, forcing the crew members to come together to find a solution; the crew uses new equipment to speed up their gold recovery.

star 7.69
210 votes
The Pound Zone

#25 - The Pound Zone

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 15, 2019

Fred and his son Dustin risk their lives to find a fortune in gold nuggets, taking them deep beneath the waters of one of Alaska's wildest creeks.

star 7.68
165 votes
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