What would you do if you found gold?
If you’re anything like the tens of thousands of 49ers of the early days of the rush, or the modern prospectors, who did hit the Pay Dirt, you’d catch the Gold Fever, too.
Gold Fever has been raging for a long time and it still induces people to try their luck on finding the ultimate riches.
People have been hunting and panning for gold for hundreds of years in rivers, streams, mountains, mines, and wherever else they saw signs of those little shiny gold nuggets.
If you are one of those effected by the “Fever”, here are some of the best places you can still pan for gold in the U.S. today.
The Alta Ranch is a beautiful place about 4 hours south of Glacier National Park. It is the ultimate place for gold prospecting.
You can even see the remains of on old gold mining town that used to be a vibrant place for gold hunters at the turn of the 20th century.
Aside from skiing, Colorado is also a good place for finding something of value.
Colorado Gold Adventures offers planned guided field trips with all the trimmings. These trips guarantee that you can find something during your adventure.
There are quite a number of scenic, historic locations for your trip which will allow you to keep what you’ll find.
These guided tours can cost $100 per day for adults, $75 for half a day visits for adults, $50 for children below 14 years of age. You can book trips all year round.
Do you want to visit South Dakota? Why not visit Mount Rushmore, Black Hills Forest, and its gold panning?
It’s definitely worth a visit.
In 1876, deposits were discovered in Deadwood Creek which started the gold rush that swept across Black Hills of South Dakota. Since then, people kept panning for gold.
Most of Black Hills are covered as public land and panning in this area is open to anyone who wants to explore its waters.
How much will it cost?
Well, it depends on where you want to go panning. You can either rent or bring your own panning equipment. You can find out more by visiting their official website.
Aside from looking at unbelievable scenery and wildlife when in Alaska, you might also want to take a shot at panning for gold.
Recently, the show “America’s Toughest Jobs” featured the Crow Creek Gold Mine. Do you want to splurge? Why not try going for a weekend mining excursion complete with tents and lanterns?
If you want to pan the creek, then it would cost $10 for children aged seven and below, $15 for seniors, and all others will need to pay $20 per day.
There are panning sheds near so that one can experience the joy of panning without the long walk.
While walking along Little Meadow Creek in 1799, Conrad Reed saw something gleaming in the water. It was a shiny, gold substance which turned out to be a 17-pound gold nugget.
This event was recorded as the first authentic gold claim in the United States. Up to the present, one can still draw gold out of the water.
Located about twenty miles outside of Charlotte, NC, Reed Gold mine is open to the public for free. One can tour the gold mines when visiting. A person is charged $2 for panning including the pan.
Do you wish to mine other finds aside from gold? If you want to look for other items such as garnet, citrine or fossils, then consider heading to the Alabama Gold Camp.
Admission is $5 per person which includes the panning and sluicing. Admission is free for children aged 11 years old and below, accompanied by adults.
You can also camp. You will pay $5 per day for “primitive” camping or $30 per day for RV hookups. You can also bring your own equipment. How much you’ll pay for bringing your own equipment will depend on the size of the dredge ( maximum of 6-inch).
Choosing where to pan for gold in California is a common problem. The place is just brimming with gold mining history and extraordinary finds. Sutter’s claim is more known, but you may want to consider going south to Jamestown, CA.
Jamestown isn’t really faraway from Yosemite National Park. There are a lot of panning tours being offered too. Jamestown Gold Panning provides admission to 5 various claims, equipment, and instruction.
Prices differ on your wants. A 5-hour excursion costs $25 or $50 if you are to include the rent of equipment.
For an inexperienced family, instruction, equipment along with a 5-hour excursion will cost $160.
Appalachian region of North Georgia was the site of an American gold rush back in 1928.
Hunting for gold on this land have been going on for almost 200 years already. But, one can still find gold and make some fortune in some places like the Consolidated Gold Mine.
Costs differ from $6 to $11 a pan.
The Bottom Line
The good old age of gold rush as we come to know it through Hollywood may be over, but there is still gold to be found out there.
But you will never find any unless you take a trip down to some of these places and start panning for gold.