What Areas Near Sacramento To Detect?
Last Post 10 Mar 2016 08:02 AM by David Saunders. 4 Replies.
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BRANDON JOHNSONUser is Offline
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04 Dec 2014 11:59 PM

    I'm much newer to detecting and looking for areas that it is acceptable to swing a detector for gold. 

    Okay, I hear desert areas are the best for metal detecting and in the dry washes, but I'm not familiar enough with the Sacramento Area to have an idea where to go that is not on private land, not already claimed, or that LLEA (Local Law Enforcement Agency) won't have an issue.  Example, I didn't know there was a public land area around the Sutter Buttes, but apparently there is areas for public access as the Butte Nugget was found there.  I still don't know what is public and what isn't public access in that area, but there is apparently gold over there.  Also, I see all the tailing piles in the Folsom Area on Google, but most of them (if not all) are on Aerojet property, so that's a no go. 

    Any suggestion of open to the public areas that may produce gold is appreciated.  I'm not looking for anyone's secret spot, just general ideas.  Or if you know of a local metal detecting club in the Sacramento Area that doesn't meet only on Sundays, that would be great too.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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    06 Jan 2015 06:14 AM
    Auburn rerections area, or anywhere that's labeled "public" like all the SRA's...
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    10 Jan 2015 11:22 PM
    Thanks Samuel! I thought you couldn't detect in the Auburn Recreational Area, but after your comment I read the information guide, which, if anyone is interested, states the following:

    Metal Detectors may only be used at the Auburn State
    Recreation Area under the following restrictions:
    1. Metal detectors may only be used for recreational
    mineral collection and/or searching for recent items.
    2. Metal detectors may not be used in area possessing
    historic or prehistoric resources.
    3. No historic or prehistoric items discovered by
    metal detection or otherwise, may be collected or
    possessed.
    4. The area west of Hwy. 49 in El Dorado County is
    closed to the use of metal detectors.

    So as long as I remain east of HWY 49 and away from the historical areas I should be fine then.

    Thanks again!
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    09 Mar 2016 05:33 PM
    There are plenty of areas to use a metal detector you are near/in gold country.. Bring up mine cache and do a little homework you will find some good areas. Also if you ever get out to the Reno/Carson City area I will let you detect on a few claims I have have and can show you some other spots.
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    10 Mar 2016 08:02 AM

    I am also looking for areas to metal detect.

     The Auburn State Recreation Area Iowa Hill, Yankee Jim's on the north fork of the American River has been pretty much picked over I have never found anything there.

    The GPAA has some claims in the Forest hill Area I am going to check them out when the weather gets better.  

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