Saturday, October 29, 2011

Adventure Gold Prospecting for Fun and Profit

 Gold mining is still big business. If it is a major growth industry, there is still ample room for the general public to go out and "make a fortune."

It is the dream of almost every boy who sees the old movies like Treasure of the Sierra Madre, television shows, like gold fever, and documentaries on the Klondike. In fact, the Gold Prospectors Association of America, CRM and encourages further exploration active today both for individuals and families. They provide guidance for the fun and adventure for the whole family - and yes, maybe some profit as well.

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, there are still areas where we can explore, and if a discovery is made, we can stake a claim. Many areas are still without reservation. Many are on public lands administered by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or Forest Service. Public Land Records BLM State Office will show the correct status of the land and are available for public consultation, and sometimes to buy.

Prospecting for gold for fun and profit in the U.S. Top Ten
So where can potential prospectors try their luck? According to the article "Where to find gold in the United States," by fever gold prospecting (aka Motherlode Outfitters), Coarsegold, California, 2007, gold can be found:

In Alaska, many localities of gold contributed to a gold production while some 29,225,071 ounces. Now the sites are numerous, for example, near Gulkana, in the river and its tributaries Chitnis in the Slana River, etc.
In Arkansas, the gold can be found in the Ouachita Mountains.
In Georgia, the gold was found in the forests of West and East of Blairsville city, and streams and washes south of Gumlog Lumpkin County.
California has been named "The Golden State" because of the great "gold rush of 1849." Even now ranks third gold mine production in California and the State has produced more than 150 million ounces of gold. California has many sites in both North and South locations, including the Auburn State Recreation Area, South Yuba River State Park, Malakoff Diggins, Hangtown Gold Bug Park & ​​Mine, etc.
Colorado ranks second among states producing gold that produced over 40 million ounces of gold, with most mines being in the mountainous western half of the state.
In Washington, gold production has been increasing year by year. It has the third largest lode mine sites in the U.S. and found in almost all counties of Benton at Yakama.
In Wisconsin, the gold could be found almost everywhere where glaciers have experienced.
Arizona also has many mines, especially in the Turquoise district (east of Tombstone), with finely divided gold in the gravel slope.
Montana also has over 24 counties where gold was found, from Beaverhead County Toole.
New Mexico counties of gold include Colfax, Grant, Hildalgo, Lincoln, Otero, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra and Taos.
Camps and guides available for assistance
There are many camps that are open to the public and help provide maps, shelter, food, fun, adventure, and guides to minimize problems and make prospecting a pleasant experience. They can be found in the yellow pages, calling the Chamber of Commerce, or by contacting the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA.)

With any luck, we can find enough flakes or nuggets to pay for their holidays, or maybe even make a handsome profit. For many, the prospect can be the adventure of a lifetime.

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