Gold Prospecting Gold Panning in El Dorado County

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Prospecting in El Dorado County California

Gold Rush Towns of El Dorado County:
Coloma | Placerville
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This page offers information on gold producing areas in El Dorado County.

*NOTE.. This website reports areas of gold concentrations and does not assume responsibility for those who do not invest the time/effort to identify public vs. private land. Also... many gold producing areas that are described on these pages may have claims already established. The Bureau of Land Management provides maps that indicate public lands and current claims.

   The American River has become synonymous with the gold rush in California, and not just for the discovery at Sutter's mill. The American River and its tributaries have produced  sizable gold nuggets as well as gold flakes continually for more than 150 years.

  There are a number of good gravels on the American River, in particular above the Rubicon River (in the area of Michigan Bluff) on the middle fork of the American River has produced well lately as we have been told.    Another good report on the American River has been due to panning efforts north of Chili Bar on the south fork. Another area of good production would be on the middle fork of the American River west of Volcanoville. If you are new to gold panning, the Auburn State Recreational Area may be the best place to "get your feet wet" although it is a good idea to go with someone who knows the ropes no matter where you begin your panning experience.

The California State Parks has an excellent resource for the Auburn State Recreational Area reference at;

  Good gold nugget specimens and flakes are being pulled from time to time from Rock Creek.

  You can expect the middle fork of the Consumnes River in the Southwest corner of El Dorado County (east of Nashville) to occasionally produce small bb sized gold nuggets for you.

  We are confident of the potential production just a mile or two northwest of the Slab Creek Reservoir (Northeast of Placerville). You may try any of the creeks and streams in this area for good production. Let us know by the "submit gold find" link below if any prospecting attempts turn up gold for you.

Gold Tips from our Website Visitors:

Visitor Name/Nickname:
Panning Location:
Near Pollock Pines (East of Placerville) in El Dorado County on the Hoppie River.
Gold from ground close to river need for claim.


2GETGold does not verify visitor tips and is not responsible for your actions, claim jumping and tresspassing on private property are criminal acts and may lead to arrest and/or conviction.
Please consult a public/private lands map available at the Bureau of Land Management.

Restaurants, lodging, sights, and a brief history for towns in El Dorado County:

Coloma | Placerville


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