Gold Prospecting Gold Panning in Placer County

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Prospecting in Placer County California

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This page offers information on areas that have been known to produce color in Placer 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.

   As the name implies, Placer County is best known for its rich placer deposits. This simple fact draws a great number of recreational prospectors every year, many of whom are pulling up some very fine specimens time and time again.

  The stretch of the American River in the vicinity of the town of Auburn on I-80, provides quite a number of rich placer deposits. A lot of the production here is coming from individuals who are using nothing more than a simple plastic pan. Just one look at the Gold Country North Map in the "gold country" section of this site will confirm the abundance of gold in this area. The small red "x's" on that map show the lode mines sites.

   The Auburn State Recreation Area can be a good producer of small flakes and nuggets. It is remarkable to find production here because the area sees heavy traffic and no claims can be filed, making it attractive to the weekender. Be aware that your finds will be spotty here and one area may seem likely and produce nothing, while another one that seems less likely may bear surprising results. Be diligent, testing a variety of spots throughout the Auburn State Recreational Area and you will find some very nice specimens here. 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;

  The North Fork of the American River has streams that produce well in the Weimar and Colfax areas. The  Duncan and Shirttail canyon areas are particularly good producers. These two canyons are in the Auburn State Recreational Area which gets narrow as you near Colfax so consult your maps to insure that you are within its boundaries.

  Another good producer to consider is the Bear River north of Clipper Gap and I-80. Although this is a very likely spot, you will probably need permission because a lot of this is private land. If you can find a spot that you can pan out, you should do well because there are many deposits and you don't get many weekenders here because it's outside of the Auburn State Recreational Area.


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

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