To find a gold or gem vacation spot, click on the Gold Prospecting or Gem Hunting menu and select your location. I have them listed by State or International. All locations that I have been able to find on the net are listed. If you know of a vacation spot (that has a website) please let me know, I’m always looking to add more.
If you go on a prospecting vacation, please come back and let us know how it was. Don’t forget to take plenty of pics and video!
On Oct. 6, Mike Corbley and his mining partners Andy Herndon, Curtis Dorr and Sam Price, dug up two extraordinary pieces of gold from a patch of ground in the Swauk mining district near the town of Liberty that for 140 years, among the miners of the area, has been affectionately referred to as the potato patch.
While metal detecting a newly exposed area of bedrock under the ancient river channel that once flowed through the district, Andy, having already picked out a half ounce and a quarter ounce nugget, suddenly got an “odd” signal from his detector. “It’s a low high” he said, referring to the sound in his earphones.
A new site has been added to the gem list! Gem Mountain Montana in Philipsburg, MT. Search for sapphires at their mine location, their downtown store, or order online! Yes, you can order gem material online and have it shipped to you!!
Help Dave McCracken fight for our mining rights. He’s giving away 3 OUNCES of his own gold to to replenish their legal defense fund to keep up with the cost of defending small-scale miners on multiple fronts. Dave McCracken is the founder of The New 49′ers prospecting club; which has been in exsistence since 1985. Both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have acknowledged this organization as being legitimate under the 1872 mining law; because so many of the members actually go out and develop high-grade gold deposits.
To help Dave and The New 49′ers with their legal defense fund, go to their website and donate to get entries. CLICK HERE
So it looks like Dave McCracken from the New 49ers in Northern California has devised a way to get to those underwater pay streaks we all dream about; but have been unable to pursue due to the current regulations of the California Department of Fish & Game. He has devised a way to “transfer” NOT “dredge” the underwater gravel from the bottom to a holding location to be processed later. Since he is not running the gravel through a sluice box, it doesn’t count as “suction dredging”.
From the New 49ers Website:
I am very happy to announce that on April 19th, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) denied a recent Petition from the Center for Biological Diversity which attempted to expand the regulatory definition of “suction dredge” to include our new method of underwater suction mining. Had the Petition been approved, our new method would have been prevented by California’s existing state-wide moratorium on suction dredge mining.
Amongst other reasons for denying the Petition, DFW pointed out that the Karuks and their allies had plenty of opportunity to expand the regulatory definition when they participated in the multi-million dollar administrative process that was formally completed about a year ago.
See the full story on the New 49er Website: CLICK HERE
I’ve read several articles on how to use Google Earth, even watched a few videos, but I’ve never quite gotten the hang of how it was supposed to help me. I found a You Tube video today that changed that. An outfit called Yankee Gold Prospecting Adventures has a quick 10 minute video that is very informative and easy to understand. Hopefully I’ll put a little more color in my pan now!
Ever wondered what it would be like to find treasure? Visit Prospector’s Plus, a real, working gold mining and prospecting store located in Gold Bar, and it may only be a matter of time before you are experiencing that seductive gold flash-in-the-pan for yourself.
Walking into Prospector’s Plus, you are welcomed by owners Chris and Michele Brawn, along with their 5-year-old son Cody, who is a sixth-generation gold prospector. This is a store with heart. A heart of gold, to be exact. The store is busy on a Friday morning, and Chris is in the process of selling one of his custom gold pans, the Brawn Two-in-One.
Prospector’s Plus has been in business for close to five years, and fills a unique niche within the Sky Valley’s repertoire of outdoor recreational activities. Prospecting for gold is a family-friendly hobby that is attractive on many different levels; splashing around in rivers, creeks and streams is fun for kids and adults alike; it’s great exercise; you can choose to go it alone or enjoy group camaraderie within the prospecting community by becoming a member of Prospector’s Plus.
THE WALDO MINING DISTRICT AND THE EASTERN OREGON MINING ASSOCIATION ARE GIVING AWAY ANOTHER ONE HALF POUND OF GOLD!
Buy a chance to win a half pound of gold (6oz Troy) and/or a prize from a sluice box full of other treasures during our series of drawings for only $5/ticket.
All entries in preliminary drawings are eligible to win in all subsequent drawings (including the final drawing).
EOMA/WMD will be holding at least three drawings, with the 1st preliminary drawing on march 30, 2013, the 2nd preliminary drawing on july 21, 2013, and the big final drawing with a grand prize of 1/2 pound of gold in the spring of 2014.
Each drawing will have a sluice box full of other treasures including several consolation prizes, 1st & 2nd place prizes, along with a fantastic grand prize. All proceeds from these Drawings will be used in EOMA/WMD’s continuing litigation against DEQ’s 700PM Instream Mining Permit.
Our mission is to educate the general public on the techniques of gold panning, gold mining, sluicing for gold, drywashing for gold, and metal detecting, relic hunting (treasure seeking). If your interest is in finding gold, relics or treasures, your needs will be met here at American Prospector Treasure Seeker! We appreciate your interest and encourage you to consider becoming members of the GPAA and its’ chapter clubs. Click HERE for more info.