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TED BARNETTUser is Offline
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07 Jun 2014 08:41 AM

    I am new to this and we have been panning and sluicing in UT and we have found nothing we are wanting to go to Nevada for something bigger then nothing . We are 1 hr and 20 from Las Vegas we don't mind driving where would be a good place to start in Nevada. Thank You

    Ted Banrett

    RANDY WITHAMUser is Offline
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    08 Jun 2014 06:59 AM

    Ted,

     

    First, don't get discouraged...  Prospecting is both challenging and rewarding.....and folks that don't give up early usually do the best in the long run.

     

    One of the first rules of prospecting today and having success, is to research, go where gold has already been found.  The old timers were pretty smart, worked hard, walked the hills, canyons, gulches and found a lot of the areas gold was to be had.  They didn't get it all...moved on when it wouldn't pay, left a LOT behind for us today to find.

     

    Not sure where you live, BUT planning to pan & sluice in Arizona my be a bigger challenge due to dry conditions, lack of water.  Lots of folks tend to metal detect or drywash in the desert Southwest. 

     

    If you're willing to drive to Kalifornia (The People's Republik of) and want to go gold prospecting there in the Mother Lode country, there's LOTS of places to hit...  I go once a year.

     

    One of my favorite spots that's open to the public, which keeps you out of trouble with private property owners and claimed public land is the Auburn Recreation Area.  It's state land closed to claiming BUT open to prospecting with other than motorized/powered equipment.  That means panning, sluicing, crevicing, bedrock busting, etc. are all good to go.

     

    Google up the Auburn Rec Area and look at the boundaries.  I suggest you work the North Fork American River.  I have found very little on the Middle Fork. 

     

    You can go to "The Confluence" of both forks just East of Auburn, CA.  Walk up the NF American.

     

    Or, you can go to Mineral Bar just East of Colfax, CA.  Or, you can go to Ponderosa Way just East of Weimar.  Be sure to take some time walking UP or DOWN river to get far enough away from where everyone else stops, digs, prospects.  The areas close to the road/access points have all been hit real hard over the years.

     

    Maybe check out some of my California Trip Reports on my Gold Adventures web site Forum?

     

    http://goldadventures.createforumhosting.com/

     

    Look under "Western Gold States" for the last few years and "Trip Reports" for the ones from say 2009 and before.

     

    HTH,

     

    Randy Witham  "C-17A"     www.goldadventures.biz

    WALTER EASONUser is Offline
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    12 Jun 2014 06:43 AM

    Hi Ted

    I would suggest that you contact a local chapter in the area where you are going. GPAA Chapters will welcome locals, non-locals as well as members and non-members. If not a member most will invite you out on an outing in hopes that you eventually will join GPAA. There you can rub shoulders with people that have been accomplished in mining of all types. Some better than others but all accomplished. This is the best kind of learning experience you can get. You learn where and why you look in a certain area, how to set up different types of equipment and what to expect as being acceptable means of recovery and extraction. Over nighters give you an ideal time to make life long friends and acquaintances while having some fun around the camp fire. 

    Here is the chapters link:   http://www.goldprospectors.org/Chapters

    If you notice an error in the Online Mining Guide or with claim information please add in the updated information into the online mining guide to inform other members. Thank You Walter H. Eason
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