Prospectors still find gold nuggets in Alaska, Arizona and California. Sometimes they find nuggets lying in plain sight on the ground after a heavy rainfall has washed away dirt that was covering them. Sometimes they pull nuggets from streams. At other times, they use metal detectors to find gold.
So if you are wondering what to do on a summer vacation this year, we have a suggestion for you. Why not go looking for gold nuggets? Even if you don’t find much gold, you will still have an outdoor adventure in beautiful settings. And if you do find gold, that will be even better, right?
Where to Go
Some of the best prospecting areas in Alaska are Anvil Creek, Gaines Creek, Mores Creek and Swift Creek. In California, top areas are the Sierra Nevada and Trinity Mountains. In Alaska, Mohave County is a good place to look. And in Oregon, try the Cascade Mountains.
If you search for “gold prospecting” on Amazon.com, you will find many helpful guidebooks that list good places to look for gold. Why a book? Simply because you can carry it in your backpack or back pocket when you are hiking outdoors. And most of the guides contain maps that can get you to proven prospecting sites a lot faster.
What You Will Need
If you’ll be using a metal detector, invest in a good one. You’ll find plenty of useful advice on what to buy on metaldetector.com, a website for detector hobbyists.
If you’ll be panning for nuggets in streams, buy a panning kit that contains a panning basket, a magnifying glass, tweezers and other essentials. A website called goldfeverprospecting.com offers good advice and an excellent selection of kits. In no time at all, you’ll be knee-deep in a pristine stream sifting through sand and, with any luck, sticking the little nuggets you find into the plastic bottles that your kit included.
What Can You Expect to Find?
The amazing thing is that many amateur prospectors really do find meaningful quantities of gold – in all likelihood, you will come home with a little nugget or two. But you never know. Every summer, and maybe even more often than that, some lucky amateur prospector finds something amazingly big. So don’t rule out that possibility. How exciting would that be?
What If You Find Something?
Give us a call at 800-426-2344 and tell us about what you found. We will be happy to tell you more, test your gold nuggets, and tell you everything you need to know to get top dollar for them.
You never know, right? This summer’s richest prospector could be you.
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