Where do you Find Gold?
There are many different places you can go to find gold. Keep in mind, however, that it is impossible to give exact spots. What we can give you is general information on the types of places gold can be found. Knowing where gold has a tendency to occur is an important thing as it will save you from searching in vain endlessly (there are certain places you are definitely not going to find gold in). Gold can be found in the United States in any States. Keep in mind though that even though gold can be found in all States, only half of the states have enough gold to find a profitable amount. In the other states gold can be found but it is very fine and is only available in very small quantities. It is not practical to look for gold in these types of places and in some cases it is almost impossible to recover that gold especially for amatuers starting out and new to gold panning.
We are obviously only suggesting the different areas in gold producing States. It would be impossible for us to tell you exactly where and many of the places that are suggested are based on experience of people that have gone there before.
It is generally suggested that novices first go to the places and locations that are know of gold producing areas, this is suggestion is because you will normally not find the professionals seeking gold in places that are known to be unproductive. Something that perhaps should be kept in mind is that the search for gold within the United States since the Spanish first arrived has been very hearty. And the first areas of the nation that were sought out were the western states that settled in these areas to find what they were looking for. If you are just starting out on this, don’t fool yourself with believing that you are going to be able to strike gold where nobody else has. This will only lead you to a lot of frustration because it does not exist.
We will first go over some of the places and locations that are know of places and locations for finding gold and where you might want to consider going to pan in placer deposits.
Dredge tailings are not the ideal place for gold panning, however this does not mean that you will not find nuggets in these areas; sometimes you can. But remember that what dredges do is rip up the bedrock with huge buckets that have been made to remove the first foot of material and the only thing that may be left are cracks and fissures that might have gold in them underneath those loose tailings.
Other types of places that will most likely not prove to be very beneficial are areas that were very worked on by the early miners. It is unlikely they did not see the little pockets you are most likely looking for especially in the rich placer areas. This is not to say that you will not find gold in these areas, it is always possible that little areas have been missed, but usually most people do not have the right type of equipment or time to find these. If you are able to located a little river or creek that has a lot of loose gravel and material, and if this area looks like it has been worked on before, it’s very probable this ground has been worked on and reworked on by many different people and miners. Gold can be found in these worked out areas but it is usually light flour gold.
So all of that is great information, but where do you go if you are looking? We recommend going to the areas where you can find small isolated locations that have not been worked on extensively. It is not difficult to recognize gravel that has not been worked on a lot because it will look hard packed and tight. You should look carefully and dig underneath the overburden so as to see if you can find river gravel.
Different deposits have different layers of gravel on them and in some occasions these were left there for hundreds and even thousands of years apart. You can dig into the deposit to see test it at different depths for placer gold that might be caught in dense layers in most cases. Gold can also sometimes be found far on top of the bedrock and the gravel is tightly packed so as it keep it from sinking in the water. However, remember that in most cases, gold is very heavy and it has a tendency of sinking down. When gold does fall, it usually embeds itself in fine cracks and fissures and gets trapped. There are many gravel deposits that are rich in placer gold that have not been looked at or discarded as a possibility because a lot of people mistakenly believe that gold can only be found on bedrock.