If your looking for elephants go to elephant country. If your looking for gold, look where gold has been found before.
The best place to start is in known gold mining districts and prospect out from there. There are two types of mining claims, lode and placer. Lode claims are often quartz veins, iron stained shear zones, ledges and Carlin type diseminated deposits. Gold is often a valuable by-product of copper and other types of deposits.
Placer deposits are particles of gold erroded from veins and ledges and concentrated downslope in gullies, rivers and creek beds, high benches, ancient river channels and beach sands. Often the gold particles, fines and nuggets are trapped in cracks and crevices acting as natural riffles.
Getting Started Options:
Poor Mans Prospecting and Where to Find Gold
Prospect for bedrock exposures in a known gold bearing district. Clean out visible cracks and crevices, screening and discarding plus 1/4, checking to make sure you are not tossing nuggets away. Test pan each site.
Basic Tools needed
2 five gallon buckets
1/4 inch screen
small pry bar for splitting bedrock apart
Crevicing tool or old screwdrivers
vial for gold
10 plus gallons of water
small plastic tub to pan into
Recreational Mining on a Modest Scale
Test washes and gullies focusing on inside curves and bedrock. Metal detectors will help locate streaks of black sands (mostly magnetite) where gold being heavier drops out first.
Battery operated shop vac
Long handle shovel(s)
20 gallons water
So if your looking to supplement your retirement, help put your kids through college, work off those extra pounds and get in shape, prospecting for gold could be the perfect answer for you. Visualize your family sitting around a campfire after a fun day nugget hunting and prospecting. How many boys and girls do you know that are future rockhounds and gold miners?
Don't count on making a million or two the first year, although its possible. A little luck, hard work and constant testing is the key to hitting a paystreak or rich gold vein. Good Luck
This great 20 acre placer claim is located about 300 feet north of the old Carmelita Well (see photos of water tank and windmill).
The Goldfinger Project is currently being developed and when complete will consist of 50 unpatented lode mining claims...