Gold Prospecting Gold Panning in Mariposa County

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Prospecting in Mariposa County California

Gold Rush Towns of Mariposa County:
| Coulterville | Mariposa |
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This page offers information on gold producing areas in Mariposa 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 Merced River is the main producer of gold in Mariposa County. Anywhere in this county has the potential to produce fairly well although it may require more cunning than many of the other areas of the California mother lode. The majority of this area is privately held land and the land that is public is almost entirely under claim. The good news is that Mariposa County is often overlooked by the more serious prospectors and as a result can provide some spots that can produce very well. Probably more so than in any other county... in Mariposa County, "gold is where you find it".

  In Coulterville, Maxwell Creek has produced steadily over the years. Also Mariposa Creek around Coulterville has been very good. Because the area around Coulterville is less traveled, it is likely that today's prospector can do very well here. In the area of Coulterville, the gold belt is at its widest. As a result, just about any watercourse in about a fifteen mile radius can produce good gold nuggets and flakes.

  The Aqua Fria Creek southwest of the town of Mariposa, CA maintains some very rich gravels and replenishes at a moderate rate. Unfortunately this area is very nearly all privately held.

  Hornitos Creek is about 12 miles west of Mariposa, CA. You will find it just west of the small (nearly ghosted) town of Hornitos, CA. this creek is not commonly prospected though it has been a good producer when the effort is made.
(tidbit... Hornitos was the stomping grounds for the notorious bandit, Joaquin Murrieta).

  The Merced River just outside of Yosemite National Park has shown its potential throughout the years. This river has an extremely steep north shore, (more like cliff) making the replenishment of the rivers mineral deposits fairly quick. Although finding your "spot" may require a bit more patience, this is one place you can return year after year once you find it. Unfortunately for most, the Merced River near Mariposa is nearly all in claim. It is recommended that a map of public vs. private areas be purchased from the BLM.

  Of course the Mariposa River, is no doubt one of the better producers in the area historically.

  Trabucco & Bear Creeks north of Mariposa at HI-140 should be real pleasers!


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Please consult a public/private lands map available at the Bureau of Land Management.

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| Coulterville | Mariposa |

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