Lakebed & Beach Deposits
Sometimes the point in which an old creek or river used to join in the lake would become in a huge deposit of gold because at that point the strength of the river stream dissipates completely. This is mostly true for old dry lagoons and for current ones that are man-made.
The creeks mouth and sometimes the same lake can be very, but very rich and a good place to take samples from. In the case of current lakes, we recommend that you research with local authorities before starting any work. Mining in some of them could be against the law if previously one has not got an authorization.
Millions of years of erosive activity have caused that enormous amounts of gold be washed rivers downstream to the ocean. Experts say that most of the eroded gold has ended up in the ocean, and it is still to be recovered. Much of this gold is microscopic and remains suspended there, in the ocean. Until now, no one has developed an effective method for recovering gold that proves to be economically acceptable for a large scale operation.
Part of the gold that has been washed into the ocean is of a bigger size and can be recovered in the nearby river or creek beaches that carry it, and where these fine particles have been dragged by the storms and tides.
The northern part of California, Oregon and the state of Washington as well as Alaska are very well-known for their beaches of gold. This is usually covered by the various books on where to find gold.
Occasionally, certain tide changes cause all the beaches to be covered with a fine layer of gold that causes many locals and tourists to run towards it trying to recover some of it. Sometimes, with the next tide shift everything is swept away or will be absolutely covered. The main point is that gold beaches should not be taken as granted locations for gold seeking and recovering. I personally know many commercial suction dredgers that make a living dredging at short distances from the shores of Nome in Alaska.
If one has had a long time traveling near the coast, one must have noticed what apparently is a lot of old dry riverbeds spread out. In some cases they are located near the ocean; in other cases, miles and miles further away. Some of these beds are very hard and it is difficult to believe that they some time ago were creek beds because they are so big now. In these cases, one could probably be observing old ocean beds. And in some places as North of California, Oregon, the state of Washington and Alaska, these beds can be fairly rich in fine gold. Some large scale operations with optimum results were made over old ocean beds during the early 1900s. Sometimes these old beds are very extent so as in size as in height and for that they are out of reach of small scale operators. However, it is not strange to find creeks and brooks that cut through directly these old ocean beds and that these could end up being very rich along with any place in which natural erosion has caused a concentration of gold to be near an active waterway.