Jan. 24 is the anniversary of the discovery of gold by James Marshall at Johann Sutter’s mill in 1848. Once word about Marshall’s findings got out, California became known around the world. There might not be such a rush today, but there’s still gold in them thar hills and people working hard to find it.
Gold panning is legal in most rivers and streams running through state and national parks in California , but your luck will be best if you head to regions where gold has been discovered in the past.
The REAL Top 10 Places to Pan for Gold American River, California. Fairbanks, Alaska. Black Hills, South Dakota. Northern Nevada. The Klondike Region, Yukon, Canada. Pike’s Peak, Colorado . Rogue River, Oregon. Dahlonega, Georgia.
The Kern River is one of the most popular gold prospecting rivers in California . Gold was first discovered on the river in 1851 following the start for the California gold rush. If you are new to the river, the best place to start is the Keyesville Recreational Mining area.
Gold became highly concentrated in California , United States as the result of global forces operating over hundreds of millions of years. Volcanoes, tectonic plates and erosion all combined to concentrate billions of dollars’ worth of gold in the mountains of California .
No permit is required for low-impact gold panning , however respect the rights of existing mining claims. There are many areas within the BLM Redding Resource Area that are popular for panning including areas along Butte Creek, Clear Creek and the Trinity River.
California earned its nickname “The Golden State” from the mid-19th century gold rush. Not only was gold found by placer miners in the streams and hard rock miners in the mountains, but beach placers at the ocean’s edge also produced a substantial amount.
Your finds If you discover gold or other minerals or gemstones on land not covered by a mining tenement, and the ground is Crown land (under the Mining Act 1978), then you are free to keep what you have found (as long as you hold a Miner’s Right).
Every river in the world contains gold . However, some rivers contain so little gold that one could pan and sieve for years and not find even one small flake. After rigorous chemical analyses, rocks that are found to contain gold in levels where only one part in one million is gold can be professionally mined.
As an amateur, you can test a rock for gold in several ways. Simple Field Tests. Many people confuse iron pyrite – fool’s gold – with real gold . Placer Gold . Placer – also called nugget – gold is typically found by panning creeks, streams and rivers. Crush the Rock . Acid Test. Hire an Assayer.
Gold is usually found embedded in quartz veins, or placer stream gravel. It is mined in South Africa, the USA (Nevada, Alaska), Russia, Australia and Canada.
The largest gold nugget ever found in California weighed 1,593 troy ounces (49.5 kg; 109.2 lb). It was found in August 1869 in Sierra Buttes by five partners – W.A. Farish, A.
The largest gold nugget ever found in Sierra County, known as the “Monumental,” weighed 103 pounds and was discovered on the Sierra Buttes Mine property at approximately the eighth level in 1869.
A few specific places that you could try metal detecting for gold include Butte Creek and Clear Creek in the Redding area, the Keysville Recreational area in the Kern County along the Kern River near Isabella Lake, and the South Yuba Valley at the South Yuba Recreational Area.