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| Downieville | Sierra City |
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This page offers information on areas that have been known to produce color in Sierra 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 largest part of the gold production in this County was from lode mining operations with a total production close to 3,000,000 ounces. Even the placer gold production has been impressive with its 2,000,000 plus ounces recorded.

  This County is an excellent area to prospect for two reasons... one, there is a great deal of panning areas available to the general public because so much of it is within the Tahoe National Forest... and two, there was and still is an abundance of free gold in this county and quick replenishment of the placer deposits.

  The North Fork of the Yuba River between Downieville and Sierra City, and at the union of the Downie  and Yuba Rivers just below Downieville have continued to delight today's prospector with good flakes and occasional nuggets. Reports come in fairly regularly describing large nuggets or many nuggets being pulled from this stretch of the North Yuba River.

  The area just west of Downieville, around Indian Hill maintains a steady production of placer and lode gold opportunities for the modern day prospector. Try Fiddle Creek which runs east/west just north of HI-49.

  Another good place to focus your attention would be at Kanaka Creek which runs east/west below several mines that recorded good production through the years, it is in the southwestern corner of the County just north of and feeds into the Middle Yuba River a few miles east of HI-49.

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


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

| Downieville | Sierra City |

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