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Wild and Scenic River Prospecting—North Fork of the American River

Today it is getting tougher and tougher to find a place to prospect. There is one significant haven left for the small miner...

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Following Man-Made Ditches to Recover More Gold


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What Equipment Do I Need?


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Summertime Gold Panning


I have smaller pans for cleaning black sand concentrates, big pans for taking large samples, pans with corners for pouring out materials, and pans with lots of special riffles. This variation is why I have so many pans—they each have their specialty.

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Problems finding gold with a detector

Detecting for Gold—Finding Nuggets Where You Least Expect Them


Many friends have come up to my locale to detect for gold. I am writing this article hoping that it may help anyone who uses a detector to prospect for gold nuggets.

A Long Dry Spell


Just three weeks ago one of our prospecting team members decided to go back to this location on his own. He had a new detector and wanted to try it out some.

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