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Nugget detectingThis is a list of areas open to the public where you can search for valuable minerals in the United States and elsewhere. Many of these locations are free of charge. Others are private mines that charge a fee and yet others are club sites that require club membership. The locations listed are places where you mine the material at the source yourself. If the material is stockpiled or otherwise collected for you the site will be listed on the Parks, Tours, & Other Attractions page.

Some states have very little information other than general rules and vague hints about where you might prospect. Links are provided to that information to at least get you started. Be cautious working in these states until you have more specific information.

Please note rules regarding motorized mining, especially suction dredging, are changing rapidly in the United States. Always contact the local land agency in advance to be sure new restrictions have not been put in place recently. Motorized mining of any sort will usually require permits of some sort that may or may not be mentioned in the links below.

The main goal for this section is to get on-site reviews, photos, and other first hand information from anyone that has visited these sites. If you have a review of a mining location, have a new site to suggest, or have pictures or additional comments on sites already listed here please email contact@detectorprospector.com with your information. Please indicate whether you want your contribution credited or kept anonymous. If a site has been listed here, and public mining IS NOT allowed, please notify the us to have it deleted.

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  • Free Claim #6 - This gold claim is situated “6 above Discovery Claim” on historic Bonanza Creek, in the Klondike Area. It was staked by F. Ladouceur in October, 1896, not long after the famous discovery about half a mile downstream. The Klondike Visitors Association now maintains the claim and visitors are welcome to pan for free and keep the gold that they find.
  • Goldbottom Mine Tour (Fee) - Pan along Gold Bottom and Hunker Creeks.
  • Klinker Opal Property (Fee) - Dig your own opals near Vernon, B.C.

Italy

New Zealand

Scotland

  • Scottish Gold (Fee)- The gold found will have lain untouched and unseen since time began! Panners have been finding gold here since the sixteenth century and your day will introduce you to the skills that they used.


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