I love Gold panning in Idaho
I find no better place to pan for gold than Beautiful Idaho
I think that there is something about the sparkling clean rivers of Idaho, the fresh air, the wildlife that makes me want to spend as much time outdoors enjoying the beauty of Idaho.
Gold panning is a great way to explore Idaho's beautiful mountains and rivers. Any sport that gets you outdoors will truly bring happiness and adventure to your life.
The reason that I love to pan for gold in Idaho is that even if you don't find one tiny little nugget or flake of gold, you have spent the day outdoors in one gorgeous part of the country.
If you are coming to visit Idaho bring your pan with you!
The History of Gold Mining in Idaho
Reference: The Idaho Mining Association
According to the Idaho Mining Association gold was discovered by 10 prospectors that Captain E.D. Pierce led on their search for it and other minerals. They entered the Nez Perce Indian territory. The credit for the actual discovery is given to Wilbur Bassett, one of this group of men. He found nuggets! They always talk about the California Gold rush, but many people migrated west because the word spread of the discovery of that precious mineral in Idaho.
Where can I pan for Gold in Idaho?
Is it legal to pan for gold anywhere in Idaho?
According to the Idaho Department of Lands, they say:
As long as you are only using a gold pan for recreational panning, you can pan any public land (not private or Indian reservation) that are under the control of the State.
So follow these rules:
1. Check who owns property, if it is private land get the owners permission first.
If it is public land, check with BLM for any mining or prospecting claims first. If it is federal land, contact the Bureau of Land Management or the US Forest Service. If it is owned by the state, contact the Idaho Department of Lands.
It is kind of the same rules that hunters use in Idaho. Check the laws, follow the laws. Stay on public ground. Know where you are. Ask first, always before going onto or hunting on someone else's property.
Where is the best place to find gold in Idaho?
Where is the best place to find gold in Idaho?
Gold can be found in many different streams and rivers throughout Idaho.
It has been said, that there have been over ten million troy ounces of Gold recovered in Idaho to this date.
If your looking for "placer deposits" full of gold, the Boise Basin northeast of Boise is a great place to look, as well as the Salmon, Clearwater rivers and all their smaller rivers that run into them. They always say to look for Black Sand when looking for places to pan for gold.
I actually panned the little Salmon when I was a teen staying with my sister and her husband. I just remember finding a few little specks of gold, but it was a lot of fun. At the time I had more interest in trout fishing.
The Snake River has some really fine gold, tiny little pieces often called flour gold, probably because it has to be sifted out.
The best counties to look for it in are; Ada, Adams, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonneville, Camas, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Idaho, Kootenai, Letah, Lemhi, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Power, Shoshone and Valley County.
How do I find gold in those places?
The secret to finding Gold.
From what I have learned about gold, it is very, very heavy. You want to look for Bedrock, because gold will sink below the sand and pebbles as it weighs more than they do.
Look for Black Sand, which is a good indication of Placer Deposits. Placer deposits are the natural separation of minerals by gravity during the sedimentary processes in which they formed.
Look for stains above on the rocks that are orange or yellow. This would indicate iron and copper which makes black sand.
I have always been told that where there is gold there is black sand, but where there is black sand, there is not always gold!
Once you find your spot, dig down to the bedrock and shovel that black sand into your pan. See what color you find in your gold pan.
Gold panning tricks
This video shows some gold panning tricks, for those that are still learning.
The Tools you will need to Pan for Gold
First you will need the following equipment:
1. A Gold Pan
2. A bottle to put the gold in (usually any tiny perfume or other bottle will do)
3. A shovel
4. A bucket
6. A pick
7. tiny bottle of dish soap
Learning to Pan for Gold North Central Idaho Clearwater River
Gold on eBay - No luck panning on your own
Find it on eBay, but as always when buying anything there, use due diligence to make sure the seller is legit with good reviews.
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