Sniping for Gold—The Next Best Thing to Dredging
October 2020 by Richard Wetzel
I poked my head out of the water and said, “You won’t believe what I am going to show you!”
After a while I got a very nice signal and out came a sweet kidney-shaped bit of gold weighing about three grams.
I opted for the underwater portion of the river. All I have to do is float down the river and pick large flakes and small nuggets out of cracks and crevices while staying cool in the summer heat.
The old report I read indicated all they ever did was dig some trenches and take samples. It sounded to me like a good place to take my metal detector...
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
I am learning more about gold deposition in this area than I knew previously. I am passing this information on with the hope that many of you will be able to locate patches and lines a little easier in the future because of this article.
This past summer, a two-week adventure in Alaska and other gold prospecting trips turned out to be some of my greatest life experiences.
George was considering filling his dredge floats with closed-cell foam, ensuring that there would be no area available within each float for flooding.
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