Posts Tagged With: gold panning

Where to find gold along stream & river bends by Prospector Jess….

Where to find gold along stream & river bends. This video from… shows how to know where to find gold after a big storm and flood. Watch to find out why gold pay streaks form.

Categories: How to find gold, placer gold, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rocks & Gold – How rocks tell you where to find gold by Prospector Jess….

Rocks & Gold – How rocks tell you where to find gold.
For more of my gold finding strategy take a look at the “20-20 Prospecting report” – Click here for 20/20 info –


Categories: How to find gold, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hunting for gold by Prospector Jess….

Learn about my “Government Gold Maps” report here:

Topo maps are a great way to find gold locations, once you know how to read them.

How to use topo maps and gold maps to find gold


Categories: How to find gold, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding Gold in rivers and streams…

How to find Gold | Reading Streams

How to read a stream and where to find gold have given a lot beginner prospectors and recreational gold seekers a hard time. Let’s face it, it’s not the easiest thing to find. There are a couple ways to go about finding gold and I’ll share one method that works best for me!

So.. Where do you find gold?? Well, creeks, rivers, and water run off’s are some of the best places! That’s not to say that they are the only places though! There’s ancient rivers that are long dried up now that are known to carry VAST amounts of very course gold… more on that in another post perhaps. For now lets focus on finding gold in rivers and creeks.
First things first. The rivers and creeks are not where the gold is coming from! They are where the gold collects! The water from spring run off, floods and landslides all wash gold into the stream bed for you to find later. The gold we find in streams are called “placer deposits”. Placer gold is gold that’s traveled from its original source – AKA the lode. The further the gold travels the more rounded and smaller the pieces become. With that in mind you can zero in on “new” course gold. If you’re finding quartz stone mixed in or even attached to the gold you are very, very close to the source.

Some people like running around with a shovel and gold pan like a chicken with their head cut off! It’s not the best method in my eyes, but it can be an adventure and it’s not a boring systematic way of doing things. It’s a “fly by the seat of your pants” way of doing it and if you’ve got the prior knowledge and some good intuition it can pay off! I think every newbie tries this once before getting frustrated with poor returns or hit and miss gold finds that don’t make any sense.
If you really want to locate a pay streak, the best way is to do a grid system or at least keep it linear. Try the following and see if it works for you.
Find a section of a creek you believe to be gold bearing and look for the high water mark. The high water mark is a good indicator of where the water was during the spring flood season. Those spring floods load and shuffle the creek (hopefully) with gold.
Highlighted in red is where the high-water mark ends. Highlighted in blue is a good place to look for gold. There’s lots of roots and it’s on an inside bend just after the apex where the water tends to move slowest and even pool around the peninsula.
Once you’ve located the high water mark grab your shovel and gold pan, take a sample, pan it out and note how much black sand you’ve found. You can be a little quick and sloppy because we’re only monitoring the black sand amounts for now. Continue in this fashion while working towards the center of the creek and taking samples ever foot or two. Note the black sands in each pan… how much… how little.. and where the most concentrations are.

Here you can see the path that gold and the heavier materials will follow along a stream.Once you have a rough idea where all the concentrations of black sand are grab your pan and shovel again. Go to the spot in the creek (or outside of it if the water is low) and begin panning the area closest to the center of the creek where the black sand levels began to drop significantly.
If the creek is an active gold bearing creek this will be your most likely spot for a pay streak! Continue sampling with your gold pan, and if thing are beginning to look good it’s time to move in the heavier equipment like a sluice box where permitted.

If you’re not finding much or anything in that spot move down or upstream to another spot and repeat the process. Several factors might be causing the gold not to collect there. For instance there could be a slow spot in the creek up stream where the water loses its momentum and most of the gold gets deposited there! It’s also possible that in the spot you checked the water was moving too fast, however if that is the case there should be very little black sand present.
…And remember the old saying: “Gold is where you find it”! It’s worth mentioning though that it’s best to start looking in areas where other people have found it before!!

Categories: gold, Gold Mine, Lost gold, Mines, placer gold, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gold Prospectors Space (radio)..update

Just a quick update on things happening on the site and show sure to tune in sunday night at 7:30 Est as we go live on prospectors radio just us for fun and information  and giveaways as well going to be fun for sure…also right now there are some great auctions going on at Goldprospectorsspace so check those out these items are for a fund raiser… but if you have a item you would like to place on aution go ahead it does not have to be a fundraiser auction just a regular auction but lets try to keep them short ok…also anyone that ordered shirts they should be here very soon  i will let you all know the minute they get here…thank you all and welcome to all the new members we have gotten this week    take care    Tim

Visit Goldprospectorsspace at:

Categories: Lost Treasure | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gold Prospecting Radio Show….

Tonight…December 21st, 2013…8:30 PM Eastern Time
Friends of the Detecting Lifestyle Network……check out
Come Tune In ToNight Ron Guinazzo (Chicago Ron) Will Be Our Guest. He is one of the Stars of Digg Wars,He Has made some amazing discoveries over the last 28 years. He also provides a service to find lost jewelry. You Can Check Out His Site At So Come Listen To Our Show: Gold Prospectors Space Radio Show.. For Prospectors and Treasure Hunters..All aspects are covered each week, Drywashing,Dredging,Highbanking, Sluicing, Fine Gold Recovery, Hard Rock Mining and much more..Join us tonight, Saturday, Dec 21st, at 8:30 PM EST, call in with questions or comments..Join the the Gold Gang for News and Entertainment..

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1900’s…Nome, Alaska…Panning for gold

gold panning 1900's Nome Alaska

Categories: Lost Treasure, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stream of molten gold signals return of large-scale underground mining to Calif.’s Mother Lode….

The gold miners who made California famous were the rugged loners trying to shake nuggets loose from streams or hillsides. The ones who made the state rich were those who worked for big mining companies that blasted gold from an underground world of dust and darkness.
The last of the state’s great mines closed because mining gold proved unprofitable after World War II. But with the price of the metal near historic highs, hovering around $1,700 an ounce (28 grams), the California Mother Lode’s first large-scale hard rock gold mining operation in a half-century is coming back to life.
Miners are digging again where their forebears once unearthed riches from eight historic mines that honeycomb Sutter Gold Mining Co.’s holdings about 50 miles (80 kilometres) southeast of Sacramento. Last week, mill superintendent Paul Skinner poured the first thin stream of glowing molten gold into a mould.
“Nothing quite like it,” murmured Skinner, who has been mining for 65 years.
It was just four ounces (112 grams), culled from more than eight tons of ore, but it signalled the end of $20 million worth of construction and the pending start of production. The company announced the ceremonial first pour before financial markets opened Monday, marking the mine’s official reincarnation.
By spring, the company’s 110 employees expect to be removing 150 tons of ore a day from a site immediately north of the old Lincoln Mine, enough to produce nearly 2,000 ounces (56,000 grams) of gold each month.
The company projects resources of more than 682,000 ounces (19.3 million grams) of gold worth more than $1 billion at today’s prices. Company officials say they are confident there is far more in their historically rich section of the 120-mile (190-kilometre)-long Mother Lode region of the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Reopening the mine has been anything but a gold rush, however.
It took three decades for the mine’s operators to obtain more than 40 environmental permits. By contrast, the old Wild West miners wreaked such devastation that they prompted some of the nation’s first conservation efforts nearly 130 years ago.
“We’ve gone from no regulation to probably the other extreme,” said Bob Hutmacher, the company’s chief financial officer.
In recent decades, most of California’s gold has come from the state’s desert regions. However, high gold prices recently spurred what authorities say was a rogue surface gold mine in El Dorado County, east of Sacramento. The owners now face criminal charges.
Farther north, several mines have started the process to reopen. Most of these kinds of hard rock mines have recently been known more as tourist destinations, including the Empire Mine, which was once the state’s largest hard rock mine. It became a state historic site after it closed in 1956.
Sutter Gold’s mine also hosted underground tours featuring gold mining history until about a year ago. A half-million people took the tours before they were halted for insurance reasons as the company scrambled to begin production.
Miners have now burrowed more than a half-mile (800 metres) underground and are digging another half-mile (800-meter) network of tunnels to reach the milky white quartz deposits that contain the gold.
Six-hundred vertical feet (180 metres) underground, Keith Emerald was soaking wet in a T-shirt, rubber boots and bib overalls in the damp, chilly mine.
The only light came from his battery-operated hardhat headlamp as he leaned into a deafening 135-pound (61-kilogram) jackleg pneumatic drill, driving an 8 1/2-foot (2.6-meter)-long bit repeatedly into a wall of solid rock. The more than 30 holes he drilled were packed with explosives to reduce a head-high archway to rubble.
“Fire in the hole,” came a disembodied voice over the mine’s radio system hours later.
The miners are using tools like the jackleg drill that have changed little in a century because they are searching for relatively narrow bands of quartz, averaging 2.4 feet (0.7 metres) wide. That makes it too costly to use modern mechanized equipment that would churn out tons of worthless rock.
“This harkens back to the 19th century where you follow the gold veins,” said chief operating officer Matt Collins. “We’re throwbacks.”
Their predecessors pried 3.5 million ounces of gold from the ground underlying the company’s holdings before the last mine, the Eureka, closed in 1958.
The company has mining rights under about 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometres) of the Mother Lode between the quaint Gold Rush communities of Sutter Creek, population 2,500, and Amador City, with 200 residents. The mining area roughly parallels Highway 49, named after the miners who rushed to California from around the globe after gold was discovered in 1849.
Sutter Creek is the namesake of John Sutter of gold discovery fame. The nearby mines once made Hetty Green the nation’s richest woman and propelled the success of railroad baron Leland Stanford, who went on to become governor and found Stanford University.
Now the towns boast more about their proximity to foothill wineries and the restaurants, boutiques and antique stores that line their historic main streets.
“(Highway) 49 is known as the Gold Rush road. If there’s gold to be found, I think it should be mined,” said Jan Hicks, who lives in nearby Jackson but clerks in an 1869 Amador City building that once housed a general store catering to miners.
“It’s still an allure, the mining history,” Hicks said as she unpacked tourist knickknacks in what is now a home and garden shop. “We’re very fortunate. We have gold and grapes and antiques. What isn’t there to love?”
Donald “Pat” Crosby, 85, moved to Sutter Creek in 1959, just in time to watch the gold, sand, clay and logging industries peter out. The former city councilman remembers laughing at the Lincoln Mine owner who first proposed reopening the mine two decades ago.
“You’re going to make more off of tourism than you ever would from gold,” Crosby recalls telling the owner.
“Now, gold is taking the first step coming back. Thank God for that — I never thought it would.”

Categories: Lost Treasure, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Man finds 1.2-carat diamond in mud from friend’s well….

A Wisconsin man sifting through mud from a friend’s well stumbled across a find that turned out to be a real gem.
Dan Fagnan of St. Croix County, Wis., was panning for gold flakes in wet mud from a 120-foot well which his friend had recently drilled.
“Everyone thinks I’m a fruit loop for panning for gold,” he told the New Richmond News of his hobby. The newspaper noted that the local gold Fagnan finds is often small flakes that don’t amount to much.
But something caught his eye while he was sifting through wet sand and stone from his friend’s well.
It was an irregular-shaped, transparent rock that Fagnan initially thought was a piece of glass.
Was he ever wrong.
A trip to a local jewelry shop revealed Fagnan had found a rough diamond—1.22 carats of it.
Still, the owner of the shop, Karen Greaton, wanted to confirm the finding, the New Richmond News noted. Greaton had it checked by a mineralogist, who confirmed it was a diamond.
“My dad told me it’s unlikely to find a diamond here, but diamonds can actually be found anywhere in the world,” Greaton told the newspaper.
One thought about how the diamond reached Wisconsin is that volcanic activity from Canada pushed the stone south and deposited it in the state after the ice age.
Fagnan told the newspaper he was thrilled about his find and plans to incorporate the stone in a necklace for his soon-to-be-born child.
Some things are just too precious.

Categories: Lost Treasure | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at

Riviera Maya Travel Guide

Cajun Food, Louisiana History, and a Little Lagniappe

Preservation of traditional River Road cuisine, Louisiana history & architecture, and the communities between Baton Rouge & NOLA

Jali Wanders

Wondering and Wandering

Southpaw Tracks

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” ~Samuel Adams

Pacific Paratrooper

This site is Pacific War era information

what's the formula?

Nurturing awesomeness: from the parents of celebrities, heroes, trailblazers and leaders

Tarheel Red

A Voice of Conservatism Living in Carolina Blue

cancer killing recipe

Just another site


A great site

Mike's Look at Life

Photography, memoirs, random thoughts.

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

Birthplace of James Madison and Southern Plantation

Letters for Michael

Lessons on being gay, of love, life and lots of it

Sunny Sleevez

Sun Protection & Green Info

Backcountry Tranquility

A journal about my travels and related experiences :)


Art and Practice

Lukas Chodorowicz

Travel, culture and lifestyle experienced on my adventures around the world. All photos taken by me. Instagram: @colorspark

%d bloggers like this: