California’s Gold Country has many numerous gold panning places to go for recreational panning for gold.
Recreational gold panning is an exciting, popular hobby in California and is enjoyed by the locals and visitors, alike.
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at panning for gold, but never have?
Well there are a few things you might want to know before setting out on your trip. Like...
Even beginners - like us - can give it a try if we're shown what to do.
If we want to go looking for some gold and have fun doing it... gold panning provides many happy hours of outdoor activity for the entire family.
But where do we start?
More than 80% of the gold in the Mother Lode is still yet to be found, this makes gold panning even more exciting!
...lode deposits and erosion have occurred. Look for gold nuggets in streams, rivers, ravines, lake areas and dry ravines.
Such as... finding a stream or creek where gold has been discovered before. That's important when you're panning for gold!
Make sure your spot is on public land where recreational prospecting is allowed, or otherwise you’ll need to get the owner's permission - if the land is privately owned.
When digging... find a spot where the water has slowed down - either from a gravel bar, tree roots in the stream and so on.
That's where the gold drops to the bottom because of its weight.
Other places to pan for gold is around and behind large rocks, or downstream of a fast-moving rapids where the water has slowed back down.
Here’s just a few of the local rivers to explore...
Folks who live in California's gold country claim that 80% of the gold is still in the ground. There's even talk of some mines that have been closed for quite a while... are reopening.
Some locations are private claims, mines or restricted use areas. So please read signs carefully.
And let's have some fun!