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7 Replies and 6794 Views Low Visibility  6794  7 Started by  chiptrip I have made over a thousand scuba dives in my life.  Several, where there was No (I literally had to touch my mask to see my fingers), or extremely low visibility.  Has anyone ever been dredging where the conditions were similar  If so, What considerations should be taken for safety, and for success  What would those conditions do to equipment or would it do anything    Thanks, Chip
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by  Brad LambJump to last post
06 Mar 2017 06:45 AM
6 Replies and 6522 Views New dredge!  6522  6 Started by  TintedSnow Hiya fellas! Well today, I put some money down on my first dredge! Kind of a weird situation. My friend manages a pawn shop and called me up. He hooked me up, $500! But I have not seen it in person yet. I just have a picture of it. Anyone know what kind of dredge this is I know he said that it's a B&G engine with a Keene sluice. Not sure of the size though. Any help would be appreciated! I won't actually get it until I pay the rest off in full, and I have plenty of time left for that since ...
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by  WILLIAM HALLJump to last post
21 Feb 2017 04:00 PM
4 Replies and 6239 Views California Water Board Shannon Poe 2/7/17  6239  4 Started by  prospectorjack   Here is a video of Shannon Poe at the California Water Board 0n 2/7/17 presenting the facts about dredging. This fight has been going on for a long time, Why do we keep losing The facts should win the day, but they don't, why What is eventually going to happen every state is going to be reduced to nothing more than panning, every state will resemble the state of Vermont which is hands and pans only. We can't wait for someone else to fight this fight for us, every one of us has to take ...
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by  ADAM ANDREWSJump to last post
15 Feb 2017 08:47 AM
11 Replies and 12225 Views 2 Backpack Dredge - good idea?  12225  11 Started by  ewbragg After 3 years into this, I'm ready to get my first dredge. I've got an opportunity to acquire a Keene 2' backpack dredge for $550, lightly used. Is this worthwhile, or should I just be saving up for a 3 or 4'  Are the nozzles interchangeable  Besides a wet-suit, what kind of equipment do I need besides standard prospecting gear for highbanking/panning   Regards, Ed
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by  Nicholas LionbergerJump to last post
09 Feb 2017 06:46 PM
11 Replies and 6508 Views WA State HB's 1077 and 1106 2017-18  6508  11 Started by  prospectorjack   I wanted to share this video from the public hearing on WA State HB 1077 and 1106:  
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by  WALTER EASONJump to last post
06 Feb 2017 09:37 AM
0 Replies and 4552 Views Gold dredging in New England  4552  0 Started by  prospectorjack   We dredge a lot in New England, if you start too early in the season you may find that it can be quite cold. The spring of 2016 was unseasonably warm early so we decided to dredge in the middle of May. When we arrived it was pleasant and our first day was beautiful, that night it started raining and then it rained all the next day. We had to pull the dredge out of the river because it started to rage. Late that afternoon the weather started to clear but then that nigh it got cold. When w...
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05 Feb 2017 01:13 PM
8 Replies and 12701 Views Randy Dredging the Arkansas River, Colorado -- Aug 2014  12701  8 Started by  C-17A Greetings GPAA Gold Prospectors... Time for a summary Trip Report of my gold dredging exploits for the last 9 days in the beautiful Arkansas River here in High Colorado, just North of Buena Vista about 15 miles North of town.  My prospecting buddies Bill & John were out for their big annual suction dredging trip and again invited me to join them on their claim that is permitted from the BLM for motorized ops/suction dredging...   Problem starting off this year is that las...
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by  Michael PlessingerJump to last post
01 Feb 2017 04:17 AM
3 Replies and 6627 Views Coastal Dredging: Idle Thoughts  6627  3 Started by  babel17 Anyone know anything about coastal dredging  Specifically, is it legal, and how do you go about estimating the required capital investment.  Even more specifically, the area I'm thinking about (and I'll tell you, cause I know I'll never be the one to dredge it) is 'False Klamath Cove, California'.  I thought that I once read, though I can't find the source now, that this was once the mouth of the Klamath river.  Certainly you only have to look at a topo map to see that this ...
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by  WALTER EASONJump to last post
07 Dec 2016 07:11 AM
9 Replies and 6221 Views Gold dredging and sluicing  6221  9 Started by  Troverusa Hello my name is michael and me and my wife are avid treasure hunters, we metal detect all the time. We go once a year to gold n grubbin mine in Georgia and gem and gold hunt. I have a 4 inch dredge, a sluice pans, my metal detectors all 9 im looking for some members that would be interested in having someone else to hunt with. Im new to the gpaa and would be interested in any help. Thanks
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by  JIM SHANNONJump to last post
25 Nov 2016 06:40 AM
3 Replies and 8479 Views Necessary Permits for Kenai Alaska?  8479  3 Started by  TexGemCutter Well, I'm down to my final two months of planning my Alaska trip.  Need some help from some of you experienced or local members of the Kenai Alaska area.  I've got the general permits for: (1)Resurrection Creek, (2)Six-Mile Creek, (3)Peterson Creek areas.  Also have submitted and approved, the 'Other Streams in the Kenai' permit for the GPAA claims there. These were all from the Alaska Fish & Game.  Also have the ADEC general permit for small mining.  I plan on doing...
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by  Sam BritchJump to last post
22 Oct 2016 11:26 PM
7 Replies and 10580 Views AZ dredge permit.  10580  7 Started by  nevkid Talked to the BLM   and Corp of Engineers and both said they don't issue dredge permits. The Engineers kept telling me the claim is the one that gets the permit and anyone can work under it.  Never heard anything like that and just wondering where the permits are available from what dept.  This is small mining not commercial and that is where directed to find info.
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by  Christine GoldJump to last post
24 Sep 2016 07:24 AM
14 Replies and 26257 Views Dredge Locations  26257  14 Started by  jshannon  This is  a topic for dredge locations. Please help out and add locations and add info about your dredging experience, tips, and comments at the different spots     
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by  JIM SHANNONJump to last post
13 Sep 2016 11:44 PM
9 Replies and 9212 Views Water wheel dredge  9212  9 Started by  Tim Hibbs Has anyone with a Claim in California put in a Water driven wheel to run pumps and compressors for dredging It cound be mounted on a mobile barge next to dredge or have supply hoses run from it to several dredges. No moter. We have been running Mills and generating electricity this way in the past. You do not need great elevation changes to turn a wheel. justy flowing water and the right gearing. 
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by  Tim HibbsJump to last post
25 Aug 2016 06:20 PM
1 Replies and 4344 Views Could you measure your dredge baffle to help me with a homemade one?  4344  1 Started by  uoduck  Hello all! I have a 3' keene highbanker/ dredge and I would like to add a baffle. Since it did not come with one originally I am curious what material is usually used for baffles I am thinking of using a 1/4' EPDM rubber mat but I am curious how thick the mats that generally come with dredges are. If someone with a stock baffle could measure the thickness I would appreciate it. Thanks!
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by  Brad LambJump to last post
12 Aug 2016 08:01 AM
6 Replies and 7491 Views 6 dredge  7491  6 Started by  bmxkyle5@icloud.com Looking to buy a brand new 6' dredge , I just need to know where I am allowed to take it without getting in any sort of trouble.
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by  joseph LoydJump to last post
02 Aug 2016 08:01 PM
18 Replies and 12039 Views New to me  12039  18 Started by  goldhammer Well went and did it, pulled the trigger and bought an older Keene 2 1/2, 3 hp B&S, Keene pump.  Used to sit on the inner tubes but has no frame or tube/float system.  Will be put on regular floats so she won't play rollover.  Get her all set up for next year, probably going to have to replace a couple of hoses and will put on a hose bib for a crack clean out hose.  Been thinking of going to Hog mats but will see, and would have to figure out which one(s) and get Doc...
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by  ARTHUR WAUGHJump to last post
10 Jul 2016 09:30 PM
6 Replies and 6825 Views Permission to Dredge Claims in Idaho  6825  6 Started by  SPRUNG77777 I talked to Chris Houghes an Idaho geologist he said i need to fill out forest service NOI and EPA NOI  and plan of operations or POO and Letter permit with the IDWR. he also said that i need to get permission to dredge the claims I'm planning to be at to put in my plan of operations. Im planning on one of these Chomco revised, nahkohe morning star, Boise gold or Idaho special 2. I don't know which one yet because I live in Illinois. So who do I talk to to get permission to dredge He said ...
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by  joseph LoydJump to last post
10 May 2016 03:37 PM
15 Replies and 12980 Views Oregon Dredge Moritorium  12980  15 Started by  goldhammer Division ofState lands has published a news release and a draft map of waters that will be closed to motorized mining for 5 years.  This is classified as Essential Salmon Habitat along with Bull Trout waters.  You can find  by looking at the DSL site.the map or here: http://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/web...900e9300de   This includes the public corridor in Quartzville along with the 3 GPAA claims up there.    Brice, Sharps and Champion Creeks out of Cottage Grove...
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by  ARTHUR WAUGHJump to last post
29 Apr 2016 02:32 PM
2 Replies and 6553 Views gpaa claim and dredging  6553  2 Started by  Rylo I got a lil back pack dredge that I would like to use . Unfortunately I live in California where I will be put in jail if I dredge out here . I am a member and was wondering what it takes to dredge out side of california maybe Arizona or Nevada . Can I just go up to a gpaa claim and dredge Been doing research but so many different permits and practices. Please help and send me in the right direction . Thanks for your time to all .
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by  Ryan RodriguezJump to last post
07 Apr 2016 08:13 PM
2 Replies and 5232 Views where to go?  5232  2 Started by  simplemountain My son is going off to a trade school this summer, it will be my first summer alone in 22 years. I have a old motor home, and a 2 inch dredge, anybody got any ideas on a good spot a guy could go to for a week or two.
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by  MONTE WIEBKEJump to last post
20 Mar 2016 12:50 PM
3 Replies and 6225 Views GOLD DREDGEING IN NC WHAT ARE THE RULES REGULATIONS  6225  3 Started by  garyschwall   Hey, I have a 3 inch floating  keene dredge ready to put in the water I was just wondering like I driving down the road pass over a bridge can I just get into any creek bed and start using equipment here in n.c.  And are there any permits that I would need I have been offer to go on private land  but I would just like to be able to prospect when I see a good spots with out any trespassing charges that a lot to hall in to be told to leave 20 min later please any help...
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by  joseph LoydJump to last post
19 Mar 2016 08:00 PM
13 Replies and 9858 Views dredges  9858  13 Started by  dmason385@gmail.com Looking for advice on a good dredge to start using and to learn on. Thanks
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by  Terrence PrebalickJump to last post
14 Mar 2016 05:54 PM
0 Replies and 2908 Views dredging in the huachuca mountains or nearby  2908  0 Started by  terrence44 does any one know if it is legal to dredge one of the many small creeks in this area of Arizona, Thanks in advance for the help also any local clubs for gold, gems, rock-hounding that I could join have tried to get a hold of the gpaa chapterthat was listed long ago.  Thanks again Terry
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14 Mar 2016 05:44 PM
1 Replies and 6428 Views dredging boise national forest idaho  6428  1 Started by  tristynmac I was wondering what permits I need to dredge in Idaho. I have found department of water permit, department of lands permit, and the NPDES permit and do I need them all or not. Any help would be great thank you.
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by  WALTER EASONJump to last post
15 Feb 2016 04:49 PM
2 Replies and 4142 Views Dredging out by Stanton?  4142  2 Started by  crocodile1 This year the wife and I were out poking around, not at camp, just out S/E of Decision corner, and we saw a guy in one of the washes dredging. We just had some pretty good rain and some of the washes were running. We have a little 2 1/2' triple dredge, and I was thinking of bringing it out when it's too wet to drywash and give it a try. Has anyone on here done it before We do belong to a couple other organizations, so there are plenty of washes to try, but just curious if it is worth it, or ...
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by  JOSEPH PEARSONJump to last post
09 Nov 2015 03:20 PM
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