December 20, 2017

Our intent is to help the beginner and the weekender who holds a mining claim and a limited budget to recover gold.

Required Tools:

Gold Pan

Small Shovel

Cost: about $10

Optional Accessories:

5 to 10 gallons of water to pan concentrates in

Small plastic tub to pan into, save...

October 20, 2016

Even though we do not stake hazardous mines, we know some of our readers do in fact have claims with old workings on them, in some cases even claims we have sold. Not all old workings are hazardous and some can even prove to still be lucrative.  

Many of the workings yo...

August 20, 2016

Placer gold is gold that has eroded from lode veins or deposits. The nearer you are to a vein or deposit the more likely you will find flakes, pickers and nuggets. Fine pieces of gold will travel miles in high, fast water. The old timers would trace these small finds u...

July 20, 2016

Last month we covered prospecting your claim with a metal detector. Detectors are inexpensive if you buy a used machine, and require no special BLM permits, bonds, etc. That method works fine if you have coarse gold or heavy concentrations of fines, flakes and pickers....

June 20, 2016

A lot of claim buyers don't know where to start the first time they walk across their new mining claim. 20 acres is a large parcel (nearly 900,000 square feet) if you are planning to cover every square inch searching for the Mother Lode. The idea of gold sitting in ful...

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