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There just may be gold in the Susq. river. But you would have to move a lot of coal dirt to get to it. Back in the 90s there was an amature gold prospecting publication that had game lands listed in it as places to find gold in creeks and runs. It took a few phone calls and a terse letter to get them to print a retraction, telling their subscribers it is illegal to prospect on game lands.
 

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I got interested in this earlier in the year, but never found time to do it. From what I read there is placer gold in many PA streams, but there isn't much. The closer you can get to bedrock the better. Hawk Mountain Scout reservation shows scouts how to pan the the stream on their property and they find a little. York County Parks Dept. hold an annual panning event near the end of July. So its there, maybe I'll find some time this year.
 

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I have found it in every stream I have tried in my area. HOWEVER, it is a very minor amount, a speck here and there. I have a small sluice box which lets you run a lot more material through.
 

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I have a small stream on my property that runs about 75% of the time. Some years it drys up by June, some years it never does. I've noticed black sand in several places. I remember reading that black sand can be an indicator that gold could be present as well. Is this true in PA?
 

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yes, from all I have seen and read that seems to be the case. I remember the first "speck" I found in my sluice box. the sun was shining on it as I was running material through and I saw it in the rubber mat before it goes through the riffles. it glowed in the sun shine, it was awesome!!!!!
 

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Well this thread just cost me $20 for a couple of pans and 5 oz of laced pay dirt off Ebay. If I get more serious there is a cool little sluice box with good reviews on there for $45.

I reread some material and I'm near one of the better areas of the state, plus my son did a project in HS about all the mining near our town and gold was one of the things mined.

blackpowder, is it realistic to bring material home and run it, or would you need more than is feasible doing that?
 

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Perhaps if you brought a dump truck load home it might be feasible but then what would you do with the dirt afterwards. I highly doubt anyone is getting rich or making any real money prospecting for gold, it s more of a hobby than anything, not to mention this isn't the 1800s, you can't just go to some stream that looks good and prospect and you can't remove minerals from state land which leaves private land where you will need permission to prospect. You also may run into problems with steam siltation violations using a sluice box, you might want to talk to the Fish and Boat commission before you start sluicing somewhere.
 

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This is purely a novelty for recreation. I'd be thrilled to find a speck. DEP says you can use pans and non motorized sluices on Commonwealth waterways. PA state forests allow panning only. By sluice I mean like a 2-3 long one, more of a "more efficient pan". So I guess a 5 gallon bucket of sand & gravel isn't realistic for success?
 

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You can't do any of that on Game lands, I am surprise they allow it on State forests. That Gold mining show on TV probably kicked off interest in trying to find gold. Talk about ripping up the land and silting up water, I am surprised they get away with all the damage they do.
 

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We have gotten paydirt from eBay quite a few times. Its fun to pan and we always get something. We bought some "salted" paydirt once that had a few nuggets added to some bags and we got a 1.24 gram nugget. I've thought about checking my creek. Maybe I will this year.
 

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You can't do any of that on Game lands, I am surprise they allow it on State forests. That Gold mining show on TV probably kicked off interest in trying to find gold. Talk about ripping up the land and silting up water, I am surprised they get away with all the damage they do.
Yep. National parks, state parks, and SGL are a no go without a permit. I have a few other ideas I am sure would be no problem if I'm respectful of the property.
 

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Well this thread just cost me $20 for a couple of pans and 5 oz of laced pay dirt off Ebay. If I get more serious there is a cool little sluice box with good reviews on there for $45.

I reread some material and I'm near one of the better areas of the state, plus my son did a project in HS about all the mining near our town and gold was one of the things mined.

blackpowder, is it realistic to bring material home and run it, or would you need more than is feasible doing that?
I tried carrying screened material before, and it isn't any fun. 1/2 of a 5 gal bucket of wet dirt get pretty heavy fast. its a lot easier to just take the sluice box and set it up in creek. the majority of mine has been done right here at the house in the small creak that runs through my yard. last I checked, as long as it isn't a "powered" sluice, then you are ok. I ran a lot of material to get the few specks that I have.
 

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You can't do any of that on Game lands, I am surprise they allow it on State forests. That Gold mining show on TV probably kicked off interest in trying to find gold. Talk about ripping up the land and silting up water, I am surprised they get away with all the damage they do.
that and Deadliest Catch are my favorite shows, and I agree. it is hard to believe that they are still allowed to rape and destroy the land up there the way they do.
 

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I play on my creek now and then. get a few specks now and then! all I do is pan, buddy has a sluice box he built. my property is said to be all sand and gravel under the soil, glacier deposits from long ago.
 

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I had a chance to play around last night with my 4 ounces of dirt. I panned about half and got 5 small flakes. I see specks of flour gold in the in the material. How do you guys get that out and into the vial?

I have access to a creek with a sluice in it to feed water from the creek into a pond. Its at the base of a small boulder strewn valley. I plan on grabbing a couple gallons of material from the bottom of that sluice this weekend just out of curiosity.
 

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Gold was discovered in 1862 just across the river from where I stay in Montana during the summer. There was a lot of gold and silver mining done there up until after World War ll, and a few more mining operations begun on and off since then, as well as lots of recreational mining. There is still a lot of gold and silver yet to be taken out of the mountains there, but the area is not easily accessed. It is rugged country, a lot of it is over 10,000’ elevation, getting in and out is not easy, and there are...well...bears. But it is beautiful there in the summer, and if you guys get tired of finding a gold flake from time to time in PA, and want to try something more adventurous, you might want to give Montana a try.
 

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You can't do any of that on Game lands, I am surprise they allow it on State forests. That Gold mining show on TV probably kicked off interest in trying to find gold. Talk about ripping up the land and silting up water, I am surprised they get away with all the damage they do.
I really like the show in the first year or two ,when everything was small scale.
as the mining grew in scale Id still watched it if on, but only because i'd find myself saying "don't do that!"right before they fubar something.

that said
there is an enormous amount of permitting and other hoops they all are jumping through
I've seen them modify for fish fry, halted by misha and they must do reclamation work after they are done mining
so what is the difference between what they are doing vs drilling ,fracking, running pipelines timbering/clearcutting that we do on our own state forests and gamelands?
 
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