Eastern Washington Northern Idaho and western Montana
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John DykstraUser is Offline
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16 Nov 2015 01:21 PM
I was looking at the gold and fish booklet and was looking at times on some creeks and rivers in Pend Oreille county. First the little Spokane river by the town of ELK and according to map quest is about 50 min. from Liberty lake. Then I ran across Lost creek just outside the town of Lost Creek on hwy 20. Has anyone in the Spokane area been in those areas?
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13 Dec 2015 11:32 AM

I work in Pend Oreille County. Lost Creek isnt really a town and I am not too familiar with the creek itself but I'll ask some of my deputies what they know about it. I've been up to Sullivan creek a couple times and I know there is quite a bit of color in there but its finding a spot to put in thats the problem. I found a nice spot the last time I went but it was hard to find much color. A small dredge would be the best thing for that creek. Looking for new spots though. So far, Libby Montana is my favorite place and I always find gold. Again, a small dredge though would prove to capture a lot more than just me and my sluice box

 

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28 Jan 2016 11:08 AM
Hopefully before the end of March I can get out and check Lost creek. If not I will have to wait un till the end of April when I move to Minnesota to go prospect.
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12 Mar 2016 08:15 PM
I am in spokane wa just join the gpaa been trying to prospect have not had any success, building a side banker almost finished have a couple sluices and a lot of pans looking to hit some claims when it gets warmer.
Vince EmeryUser is Offline
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14 Mar 2016 05:22 AM

Morn'n Patrick,

I'm about 1.5 hours South of you. I'm going to get up around Prichard, Id. and Eagle Creek this summer. There's a place to set up your camper and pay for some creek time on Eagle Creek. I've never been there but might be a fun place to spend a few days or a week.

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18 Mar 2016 08:20 PM
Vince,
I stayed there a few years ago and we didn't get to prospect much because the weather was crappy. In the last newsletter I saw that the trailer area and many to most of the claims there are for sale. Not sure if that means they are closed or not.
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18 Mar 2016 09:44 PM
Anybody tried the one 11 miles out side of Libby Montana. i have not been to lost creek, but i have ran around up by flowery trail. still have not found any thing yet.
Vince EmeryUser is Offline
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22 Mar 2016 06:12 AM

Morn'n Thomas,

Well I'll be darned! Just communicated with Bob early last week. I was asking about the road conditions around there and to the Kevin claim. He knows I'm going up there as soon as it clears up some. He didn't mention anything about the park or claims being closed. Could all be open until it sells though.

I still want to get up to the Kevin claim. Might be a place to park the camper closer to the claim before the tight horseshoe turn just below the claim. Never been anywhere around that area. Read something a while back about some concrete pillers on the road there someplace. ?????  Guess I'll find out more when I get there.

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22 Mar 2016 11:41 PM

Vince. You won't get close to the Kevin claim. It's at least a mile hike from where the road is closed. The pillars you mentioned are on the wrong road. Check my profile and there are some photos I took a couple of years ago. Also search for 'Kevin' in the forum search field. Some better info for you. The claim book is wrong about how close you can get. 

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09 May 2016 04:04 PM

 

hi, Dave my name is pat I am in Spokane also and have tried, almost every thing north of town with no luck I would like to go to the libby claim I have built a pretty good high banker to really run material I have a engine ran pump on it but, not sure if they would allow that in there, we will have to go to that claim on a Saturday I work alot

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09 May 2016 09:48 PM
Posted By patrick buroker on 09 May 2016 04:04 PM

 

hi, Dave my name is pat I am in Spokane also and have tried, almost every thing north of town with no luck I would like to go to the libby claim I have built a pretty good high banker to really run material I have a engine ran pump on it but, not sure if they would allow that in there, we will have to go to that claim on a Saturday I work alot

Pat, The libby claim is no longer available to us. The owners took it away from the club. 


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24 May 2016 06:14 AM
Still,lookin for partners to get it with? I realy wanna put a dredge to work for us I got hella gear got a dive hookah im new to wa i been throwing pans everywere. Im doing horible atlwast i think so, im from colfax i just learned i panned\ sniped 3\4oz lat year, i found like dust particles so far hete lol am i just spoiled? Fuck im going home then lom
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16 Mar 2017 09:58 PM
Sorry, I was a bit inactive for a while. I'm back now though and I'm ready to get out and find some color somewhere. Thinking about going to Portland next weekend for the Gold Show. Anyone ready to get out there?
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16 Mar 2017 10:00 PM
Wait, what?? The libby claim is not available anymore Gareth?? Man, I loved going up there. Are you sure?????
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19 Mar 2017 03:23 PM

 

I am in Cheyenne Wyo and interested in Montana prospecting and claims.  Have not prospected there.

 

 

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19 Mar 2017 03:23 PM

 

I am in Cheyenne Wyo and interested in Montana prospecting and claims.  Have not prospected there.

 

 

Alejandro UriasUser is Offline
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23 May 2017 08:27 PM
hi my name is alex. I will be in Washington state at the end of june for about 5 days and I would like to take my family out digging or panning. do you know of a place I can take them for a day or 2. please let me know we can meet up. still trying to decide where to get a place to stay around Olympia area.
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25 May 2017 08:50 AM
Hi Alex, I do not know anyplace over by Olympia. One thing you may want to do though is go onto Washington Fish and Game website and download the Gold and Fish Pamphlet. You can probably pick it up at a sporting goods store as well. It is required to be on your person if your going to pan in Washington state. It also has a list of the areas within the state, the dates they are open as well as a list of the waters you can pan in. I'm on the other side of the state and the only place to go over here is only open in August. Washington state has some pretty messed up rules in regards to panning. Thats why I usually go to Montana or Idaho. Good Luck!!
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25 May 2017 10:02 AM
Thanks David for that info. Looks like we will be staying near ocean shores. Hopefully I can find a place to take my family to pan.
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25 May 2017 10:37 PM
Hey all I am Shawn. I live in Belgrade MT. This is my second season gold mining. I am looking to group with a few people if anyone is interested. Last season I pulled in 6.5 ounces of gold using gold hog equipment. I have several places within 50 to 60 miles of me that is leased to me to highbank with or if you are brave you can set up a stream sluice in the Missouri River. No dreadges pleases.
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