One great thing about prospecting in Washington is that gold can be found in just about every part of the state. Placer gold is probably most prevalent in the creeks and rivers of the Cascade Range, but central and eastern Washington also have some great areas to prospect for gold as well.
Here are 25 rivers in Washington with documented occurrences of placer gold.
A short distance upstream on the Skagit River is the town of Lyman. A small amount of placer gold mining was done around Day Creek on the south side of the river from Lyman.
Gold can be panned on the Sauk River. Around the town of Darrington, including Deer Creek and the area around Gold Mountain have gold.
There have been some small historic gold diggings on both the North and South Fork Stillaguamish River over the years. The area around Gold Basin is worth exploring.
A productive area for gold has been downstream of Spada Lake and on Williams Creek. Some historic mining took place at the mouth of the Sultan River where it enters into the Skykomish River at Sultan.
There has been a sizable amount of placer mining done on the Skykomish River. Gold can be found throughout the river system, but one area that is known to be especially productive is around the town of Sultan.
The towns of Galena and Mineral City is located a short distance up Silver Creek. Both Silver Creek and the North Fork Skykomish River have produced some gold over the years.
Snoqualmie River has some gold, as well as many of its tributaries. Of particular interest are Denny Creek up near the ski area, as well as the Tolt River, Raging River, and Miller River. Placer gold can be panned from all these areas.
The Wenatchee Gold maps, set of 4 gold maps, show the gold placer deposit sites from Wenatchee toSkykomish to Enumclaw to Lake Chelan. Several Gold Prospector clubs have active gold claims in these areas,especially in the vicinity of Blewett. US 97 There are miners camps shown that include Monte Cristo, Mineral Citysite and Galenasite. There are many gold sites shown along the trail from Index to Monte Cristo.
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Bloom County8211 Located in the heart of Puget Sound is Vashon Island where a successful lumberman by the name of Lars Hanson lived in the 1870s. On the banks of Judd Creek, near Burton, he was said to have hidden more than 200,00 in gold coins.
Grant County8211 Outlaws are said to have buried some 30,000 in gold in a cave somewhere on Sentinel Mountain in the Saddle Mountain Range, about three miles southeast of Beverly.
Pacific County8211 Captain James Scarborough was the first white settler north of the Columbia River and built a frontier cabin in 1843. Allegedly, he buried a treasure near his cabin on what is now Fort Columbia. If a treasure is buried there, it will have to stay hidden, as the historic fort is now aWashingtonState Park.
Stevens County8211 The Lost Doukhober Mine, discovered in 1929, is said to be located in the northern part of Stevens County. Ore from this mine assayed at 1,000 oz of silver per ton. Another lost cache is said to be buried atRobbers8217 Roost nearFruitland.
Stevens County8211 Located near the town of Colville, a treasure known as The Highgrader8217s Poor Farm treasure is said to be hidden. Poor Farm treasure refers to 8220Matte8221 8211 a crude mixture of sulphides produced when smelting gold. It is thought to be buried near an old brickyard.
Walla Walla County8211According to the tales, bandits took a number of gold bars in a train robbery near Wallula in the late 19thcentury.
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Just about any waterway in the Cascades provides opportunity to find gold. Photo nickrlakeiStockGetty Images.
The Cascade Mountains of Washington state are not only beautiful, they shelter deposits of gold and other precious minerals. While much of the ore-rich land has previous claims or is otherwise off-limits to mining, there are an abundance of streams in the mountains where you can pan and dig for gold with hand-held tools.
Mount Rainier presides over the South Cascades, with its slopes containing more glaciers than any other mountain in the lower 48 states. Volcanoes, erosion, uplift and other natural forces deposited areas of gold in the southern Cascades. Discover gold associated with deposits of quartz diorite and copper. On the east side of the Cascades, the Columbia River Gorge is a likely place to prospect, while on the west side there are likely spots east of Vancouver and at Spirit Lake.
While its possible to find nuggets and flakes in the Cascade Mountains, the most commonly found form of gold is dust. Known as flour gold, the fine mineral is easily lost by the inexperienced prospector, as it tends to cling to the black metallic sands left in the bottom of the prospecting pan. Rather than attempting to remove the black sand with a magnet taking gold along with it or picking away for hours with a pair of tweezers, save the black sand and gold in a coffee can. Process it using a blanket sluice, which has a fine weave designed to capture flour gold.
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The Cascade Mountains of Washington state are not only beautiful, they shelter deposits of gold and other precious minerals. While much of the ore-rich land has previous claims or is otherwise off.
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