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Old 01-14-2011, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default North Coast gold panning?

Anyone know of any rivers/creeks on the North Oregon Coast that gold can be panned out of? Not looking for any secret spots, just looking for somewhere to try....

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Old 01-14-2011, 03:24 PM   #2
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s. coast has lots of places.

Concentrate on places with quartz, and look for good black sand in the pan.


Might be better in the summer when the stream flow is low
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:34 PM   #3
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Why not get with the Dpet of Geology or other state agency.
Find out where claims are made.
MAybe call the university?

Most of my knowledge was down south and northern California.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:58 PM   #4
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Most tribs to the coast have very fine gold.... but the majority are further south. When I say fine, you may not even see it. The Columbia has fine gold also in its black sands.

Your best bet though for coastal rivers would be the Umpqua and the Rogue, but that is South.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:58 PM   #5
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Ran into a guy on the Rogue River Up near Rainy Falls several years ago, he had a portable battery operated shop vac and was sucking the sand out of the holes that collected the sand on the river rock. Kind of like his own washboard. He collected the sand into large five gallon buckets then took it home, In the winter he ran it through a minature dredge. Said he got enough gold to make it worth his while. Tedious.

P.S. If you go up in that area look out for Rattlers!
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:09 PM   #6
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Remember those 2 legged critters have claims on any stream worthwhile so I say dont worry about rattlers a prospector/miners lead venom might pack a bit of a punch.

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Old 01-14-2011, 05:16 PM   #7
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You can pan color in most streams with sand.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:26 PM   #8
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You can pan color in most streams with sand.
or the beach right now after storms the heavies get classified and concentrated, pan the black sands on the beach.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:27 PM   #9
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Oh yeah, culverts work very well at seperating out heavy sands and gold for further panning.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:59 PM   #10
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I don't know of anything found on the N. coast, but if you want to drive a little, we used to pan out at that state park N of BattleGround, back in the 70's. Don't know the legalities now, but I know that ODF has some public panning areas down south.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:05 PM   #11
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Calapooya River, Little N. Fk. Santiam. Never tried it, but those rivers have it I've heard from reliable sources.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:07 AM   #12
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Oh yeah, culverts work very well at seperating out heavy sands and gold for further panning.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:46 AM   #13
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:01 PM   #14
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Default Re: North Coast gold panning?

The north coast isnt "well known" for gold panning.....I guess that doesnt mean there isnt any, but not enough has been found to label it as a gold bearing area. As a newby in the field of gold prospecting THEY say the best areas to try are those where there has been records of gold being found before. It is hard enough to find it in those places let alone other areas. If you know of a creek that you find quartz and some bed rock it wouldnt hurt to give it a try. Good Luck !!
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:24 PM   #15
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The North Fork Nehalem has quartz and bedrock.
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:22 PM   #16
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there are a few streams in my families normal hunting areas that we have panned gold. its not much but a fun waste of time. oh and we hunt the north coast area
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:42 PM   #17
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Quartz is cool to find too and so are agates and other stones and gems....there is a lot more than gold to find out there. It is the pursuit and learning about it that is fun. It is like fishing for fall chinook, or learning how to target spring bear. There are things you HAVE to know to be consistently successful. Gold prospecting is no different. Most people hunt ground that very few critters use and dont really know why they arent seeing anything. Just like a lot of fisherman fish spots than dont hold fish because they cannot read the water. Same goes for gold prospecting. It is a science and learning the ins and outs and FINDING the gold is more exciting that HAVING the gold.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:08 PM   #18
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bible creek just up stream before it enters the big nestuca river.. also upper rivers of the trask , but you have to go way up.

i use to have gold fever................i'm feeling better now.........good luck.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:26 PM   #19
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I've found lots of quartz on the upper Trask back in the day, always thought it was unusual. Maybe some of the drainage's coming off MT Hebo.

Quartzville Recreational Corridor near sweethome is not too far, but in the cascades.

Worst case you will have fun and see some neat country .
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:46 PM   #20
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I think someone has been watching a little too much t.v.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:03 PM   #21
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If you find gold, PICS and exact location or it didn't happen
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:50 PM   #22
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just go to gold beach the beach is just out of gold
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:15 PM   #23
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I know there are old mines up by Quartzville, above Sweet Home? That might be a good place to start
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:59 AM   #24
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My thanks to all of you for your replies. I think it's just another one of my excuses for new adventures(as if i needed another excuse) rather than the hopes of getting rich. As with most adventures I've spent time around in the outdoors, I think the hunt will be even better then the find
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:25 AM   #25
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You might Google: NorthWest Mineral Prospector's Club (NWMPC) - A Non Profit Organization. Don
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:30 AM   #26
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I know there are old mines up by Quartzville, above Sweet Home? That might be a good place to start
Those might be old Cinnabar (Mercury) Mines. Lots of those lost back in the hills of Oregon...
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:11 AM   #27
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Look at Oregon Gold Hunters website.

There was a very similar post on there recently. Might have been yours???
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