Hello! Im a member of the Ravalli County Prospectors, I drive up from zootown to attend meetings. Theres some good info around and theres plenty of people who would love to join ya. If your not big into groups, try Northern Ravalli county, the bitterroots havent had great gold luck aside from Big Creek. Ravalli county prospectors has a meeting every 3rd wednesday of the month. More info can be found on the facebook page 'Montana Gold Prospectors' hope this helps if your looking for a group, or meeting people out and about, not many of these folks are lode nor hardrock specialists, mostly just placer panning, as myself. Best regards, hope to see ya soon, signin off.
-YatesWalf the Scourge of Mineral County