Dustin returns from the mountains just in time for the final clean-out. Parker tries a risky plan to keep the gold coming in and must choose a new foreman. Todd searches for a fix so he can stop losing gold out of the sluicebox. The Dakota Boys drill to find out whether the glory hole contains millions in gold. Todd moved his entire operation to Oregon in search of a mountain of nugget. Parker brings in dynamite to blast a big solid rock to finish building a new road to Smith Creek.
Todd discovers a major design flaw in the equipment and is forced to make huge modifications. Tony attempts to remove the wheelhouse from his 75 year old gold dredge. Parker faces a crew rebellion and Dakota Fred attacks the Glory Hole with his secret weapon — the bedrock shark. And, Freddy drops a bombshell. Veteran miner Dakota Fred thinks he can turn things around and he cranks up production faster than ever before. The Dakota Boys set their sights on the virgin mountain claim known as Cahoon Creek. Meanwhile, Fred Hurt brings in a new wheel-loader, and hires two new miners, but a shocking revelation one week in forces him to quickly fire one of them.
Parker refuses to give up on Treasure Island and a fight between Tony and his crew spells the end for some of his crew. The team of greenhorns beg, borrow and build all the equipment they need to mine for gold. Disaster strikes for Tony and Todd gives his crew a shock ultimatum. Dustin fights to reach his first mountain gold. John Schnabel returns to the Big Nugget Mine after his heart attack.
Tony orders son Kevin to train up a new dredgemaster, but a vital piece gets damaged and brings them to a halt. Parker is on the warpath when a new crew member throws out his gold. Beets tries to find better ground for his dredge. Parker faces a breakdown that leaves his mining season at a standstill. Tony mounts a massive operation to replace a 24-ton bucket line and Parker's parents arrive for his birthday bearing extraordinary gifts. Meanwhile, the crew fine-tunes their wash plant — which doubles their efficiency at finding gold.
Parker gets the biggest gold clean up in Gold Rush history. 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. Parker and Todd wager on who will get the most gold, leading to big changes on the claims. The Hoffman's rock trucks struggle to run on a sketchy haul road. Tony Beets becomes furious when he finds that Parker has moved his whole operation over the creek. Parker Schnabel starts his new season without his grandfather and mentor.
Archived from on 23 October 2014. Meanwhile, the Dakota boys lock horns trying to re-open their mine. Tony begins rebuilding his 75-year old dredge. The Big Nugget Mine faces closure if Parker fails to hit a pay streak and Dakota Fred thinks he's finally found Jack Hoffman's glory hole. Todd is thousands of dollars in the hole and the 1,000-ounce goal looks impossible.
The Dakota boys need to find a safe route over thin ice. Todd junks his old washplant, after finding out it's losing gold, only to discover his new washplant is weeks away. Tony Beets expands his empire, buying a huge second dredge. Parker hauls his washplant across the claim and Tony takes to the skies to get from his claim to the gold dredge. While Rick is at his grandpa's funeral, Parker shuts him down by taking his equipment, and the Hoffmans discover that their wash-plant doesn't work in their new mine.
The inspector finds safety violations and both operations face closure. Parker is furious that Ricks's failure to manage the cut has forced it to be shut down. Archived from on April 10, 2012. Parker attempts a treacherous river crossing and Tony Beets hits a snag removing a massive piece of his million-dollar dredge. Parker chases a record breaking 7. Parker ignores Tony Beets, but still manages to hit his first pay dirt.
Jason is furious and threatens to pull the plug on their season. When the families arrive from Oregon and question the lack of gold — and master mechanic Harness becomes dangerously ill — the tension builds so high that Dorsey and Todd almost come to blows. Parker finally hits bedrock at Emerson Trench and two broken machines force Fred to go deeper in debt. At Indian River, Team Turin bites off more than they can chew. Parker's hopes are drowned by multiple issues including a flooded cut.