The BEST Episodes of Gold Rush: White Water

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 4, 2020

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.

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 8.00
155 votes
Rockfall Ravine

#2 - 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 7.85
158 votes
The Widow Maker

#3 - 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 7.82
177 votes
Too Close for Comfort

#4 - 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 7.82
187 votes
Enter the Superclaw

#5 - 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 7.81
172 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 7.80
161 votes
The Nugget Trap

#7 - 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 7.79
192 votes

#8 - 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
163 votes
End of the Rainbow

#9 - 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 7.73
157 votes
No Guts, No Glory Holes

#10 - 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 7.71
169 votes
The Pound Zone

#11 - 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 7.71
150 votes
Burned Alive

#12 - 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 7.69
202 votes
Nugget Heaven

#13 - Nugget Heaven

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 20, 2019

Dustin Hurt hits bedrock and a pile of nuggets at Rainbow's End. Fred chases the gold upstream into a dangerous new spot, forcing him to rethink his plans.

star 7.68
173 votes

#14 - Cliffhanger

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 24, 2020

Dustin takes a gamble to return to a spot just above McKinley Falls for the remainder of the season, but while moving his dredge down the side a cliff, giant falling rocks threaten his life.

star 7.67
153 votes
When Bears Attack

#15 - 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 7.67
199 votes
Two Teams, One Dream

#16 - Two Teams, One Dream

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 8, 2019

Fred and Dustin Hurt decide to split up in their hunt for gold in the raging waters of Alaska's Chilkat mountains. While Fred has an ideal spot picked out, Dustin has a big decision to make about his location.

star 7.66
153 votes
Sacrifice & Sabotage

#17 - 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 7.65
179 votes
Birthday Gold

#18 - Birthday Gold

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 6, 2019

Dustin's crew is left shorthanded after an unlikely injury, forcing him to take a calculated risk that nearly turns deadly. After his luck turns, Fred's dives on his 76th birthday to decode a bedrock gold mystery.

star 7.65
179 votes
Mckinley, We Have A Problem

#19 - Mckinley, We Have A Problem

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 8, 2019

Finding their biggest gold nugget of the season is a great sign, but soon enough heavy rain means flooding, and, despite the danger, the Dakota Boys still go out and dive.

star 7.64
188 votes
Gold Strike

#20 - Gold Strike

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 8, 2019

The group cleans up and does a final gold weigh-in for the season. Meanwhile, Dustin leads the crew to a new mine site that quickly proves to have huge potential.

star 7.63
192 votes
Thunder Falls

#21 - Thunder Falls

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 10, 2020

Dustin's on the best ground he's dredged when a new discovery opens the door to even more gold. Fred faces a life-and-death situation opening new ground at Thunder Falls.

star 7.61
151 votes
The Dakotas Strike Back

#22 - The Dakotas Strike Back

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 4, 2019

Television's most dangerous gold mining is back. The Dakota Boys double down on everything including crew, locations, and equipment, while the remote Alaska conditions punish their efforts like never before.

star 7.60
211 votes
The Gold Cave

#23 - The Gold Cave

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

Dustin discovers a secret gold cave that could hold millions. Fred and his crew head upstream into a mini-waterfall to find a huge deposit of gold, but first they have to move their 700lb dredge up dangerous rapids.

star 7.47
131 votes
End of Days

#24 - End of Days

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 23, 2018

A flash flood racing down McKinley Creek threatens to kill the crew and destroy their operation, but the Dakota Boys still manage to find more gold than they've got all season.

star 7.42
262 votes

#25 - Hypothermia

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 2, 2018

The Dakota Boys' desperate bid to hit bedrock gold is thwarted when 73-year-old Fred's heating system fails mid-dive and he's is overcome by the glacial Alaskan water.

star 7.41
286 votes