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Where to Find Gold

October 6, 2016

While gold mining is not as big of an industry as it once was, panning for gold has become a popular tourist attraction as well as a hobby. Long gone are the days of old men with long beards and missing teeth in flannel bent over rushing streams. But you can still find gold in streams, if you know where to look. Here are a few tips on where you might come across some pay dirt.


Stream Characteristics


How do you know what streams to pan? There are four characteristics you should look for if you want the best chance of finding gold.


First, the stream should not be dammed. A dam stops the flow of water, and an important part of finding gold concentrates is flowing water. Flowing water uproots sediment, including gold, and forces it downstream. As the sediment moves, gold falls to the bottom of certain areas, making them rich in gold concentrates.


You also want to search for gold in a mineral rich stream. Look at the rocks that have been eroded by the stream. Streams that are most likely to have gold in them have rocks with non-sedimentary layering. Another good indication is that the stream is mineral rich is by the presence of black sand, although this doesn't always mean pay dirt.


There must be a sufficient elevation to facilitate churning. Flat, lazy rivers won't have much in the way of gold. Instead, look for rivers that have waterfalls, rapids and whitewater, as these point to areas where there are quick dips in elevation. The speed of the water provides enough churning to uproot heavier sediment, including gold nuggets, and send them downstream.


Heavy sediment, and gold, settle in areas called "pay streaks," where water flow is considerably slower than the rest of the stream. The insides of stream bends, large rocks or other obstacles, such as fallen trees or bridge posts, are likely to have higher gold concentrations.


Where to Look


Check the insides of stream bends. You aren't likely to find large pieces of gold in these areas, but you should be able to find a decent concentration of small, fine flakes.


If the stream has a waterfall, go downstream a bit from it. The rushing water from the falls can force sediment to move, and when the stream levels out a bit, the heavier gold will have settled as the speed of the water slows.


Rounded rocks, high above the surface of the water, are a sign that they have been there for a long time. These are some of the most likely places that gold can be found.


You can go in search of streams to pan for gold. Or you can get a bag of pay dirt from Eureka Joe's. We guarantee you'll find gold in every purchase. Get your pan ready and have some fun!

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