One great thing about prospecting in Washington is that gold can be found in just about every part of the state. Placer gold is probably most prevalent in the creeks and rivers of the Cascade Range, but central and eastern Washington also have some great areas to prospect for gold as well. Here are 25 rivers in Washington with documented occurrences of placer gold. 1. Skagit River . A short
There are lots of gold mining opportunities in Washington state. Fine placer gold can be found in the Columbia River and its tributaries, as well as numerous creeks and rivers west of the Cascades. Panning for gold is a great way to find gold, or you can step up to a sluice or dredge and move some material.
Mineral prospecting and placer mining activities in or near water qualify as hydraulic projects and require a permit to protect fish (Chapter 77.55 RCW). The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) currently regulates most of these activities through the Gold and Fish pamphlet. Mineral prospecting methods that are not authorized through the pamphlet, such as suction dredging, require
Most of what was found was placer gold, but lode gold was discovered by a number of lucky panners. The mape below shows counties that were particularly productive and are still popular today with recreational prospectors. Kittitas County. Kittitas County is the heart of gold panning in Washington State. It was here, at Swauk Creek, that gold was first discovered back in 1873. Gold mining camps
Division of Geology and Earth Resources Olympia, WA 98504 PLACER GOLD MINING IN WASHINGTON By Wayne S. Moen Placer gold was discovered in Washington in the 1850's, but placer mining did not become particu larly active until discoveries were made in the I 860's on Peshastin Creek in Chelan County and on Swauk Creek in Kittitas County. During those early years and into the 1900's
The most commonly listed primary commodities in Washington mines are Gold,Silver,and Copper . At the time these mines were surveyed, 1,737 mines in Washington were observed to have ore mineralization in an outcrop, shallow pit, or isolated drill hole—known as an occurance mine. 1 Washington has 1,591 prospect mines. 2 1,625 mines were in production at the time the data was
Ingersoll, G. E., Hand methods of placer mining and placer mining districts of Washington and Oregon: State College of Washington Eng. Exper. Sta. Bull. 40, 1932 . ..,Small scale methods of placer mining and placer mining districts of Washington and Oregon: State College of Washington Eng. Exper. Sta. Bull. 43, 1933.
Unlike hardrock mining, which extracts veins of precious minerals from solid rock, placer mining is the practice of separating heavily eroded minerals like gold from sand or gravel. The word placer is thought to have come from Catalan and Spanish, meaning a shoal or sand bar. The word entered the American vocabulary during the 1848 California Gold Rush, and when gold was discovered in Alaska
Placer Gold Deposits of Nevada By MAUREEN G. JOHNSON GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 1356 A catalog of location~ geology~ and production with lists of annotated references pertaining to the placer districts UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, WASHINGTON : 1973 . DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR WILLIAM P. CLARK, Secretary U.S. GEOLOOICAL SURVEY Dallas L. Peck,
Whatcom County, Washington Mines. About the MRDS Mines Database: All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property. County mine maps available to premium members. Premium members are able to view mine
Since 1902 there have been 204 lode gold mines and 21 placer mines in Stevens County. Most of the total production of 52,145 ounces of gold came from the lode mines in Stevens County. The Columbia River contains placer gold over its entire length through the county. The bench placers were very rich also along the Columbia River. Aladdin
Division of Geology and Earth Resources Olympia, WA 98504 PLACER GOLD MINING IN WASHINGTON By Wayne S. Moen Placer gold was discovered in Washington in the 1850's, but placer mining did not become particu larly active until discoveries were made in the I 860's on Peshastin Creek in Chelan County and on Swauk Creek in Kittitas County. During those early years and into the