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    Dredging on the West Coast

    I plan on taking some time off of work this summer I was wondering with all the rules and regulations they have on the West Coast is there still anywhere that you can dredge and enjoy yourself without being hassled any information would be greatly appreciate it

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    I don't have a solid answer for you Cheech, but it sure doesn't seem like it anymore, either in Calif. or it's suburb Oregon.

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    Similkameen river in north central Washington. free camping, no hassles, PM me if you need more info.
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    Cheech This isn't exactly the West Coast , but we're close ,Idaho . Bring along Chong to tend the sluice for you

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    Green crud is slowly encroaching the entire U.S.A........... It'll be in your State before long if it isn't stopped ! Get involved before it gets to this !

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    Well I finally got it set up to get off of work not as long as I was expecting but long enough to be able to poke around so no dredging but I would like to do some sniping anyone with experience on wetsuits and what size to keep you warm would be greatly appreciated and Iíll be stopping off at some of the beaches to find some find gold with the gold cube any recommendations on which ones are better than others I should be headed that way around August 20 hopefully itís a good time of the year thanks again

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    Colorado is still free and open. You can come here and not have your gear and guns confiscated. Probably wouldnt ever see any forestry at all. Here they call you sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheech View Post
    Well I finally got it set up to get off of work not as long as I was expecting but long enough to be able to poke around so no dredging but I would like to do some sniping anyone with experience on wetsuits and what size to keep you warm would be greatly appreciated and I’ll be stopping off at some of the beaches to find some find gold with the gold cube any recommendations on which ones are better than others I should be headed that way around August 20 hopefully it’s a good time of the year thanks again
    For beach mining try Cape Disappointment in Washington. There are many who use gold cubes as well as highbankers up there. The campground is adjacent to the beach and some just haul the sand feed to their campers to run then take the tails back to the beach. Many videos are available to show you their setups, gold recovery, etc.

    Good luck.

    PS: Oregon and California do not allow motorized equipment for prospecting on the beaches.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    I'd like to see some modern bucket line dredges come out and be used on the West Coast to by-pass the Cal. dredge ban ! It wouldn't need to big as big as the common ones that used to be used ! I KNOW , I KNOW !! As soon as one shows up they will ban it or the wacoenviromentalterriorists would burn it to the water level!

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ID:	1698837 I have always thought about that russau I think it would be a fascinating project, found this picture somewhere a while ago I think its from a school up in Alaska.
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    Someone out in Cali needs to build on of these little guys lol. Not sure how well it would work given how lite it would be, but still it looks like a cool little machine.

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    I can't really see one one of these actually being able to handle all the big rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N-Lionberger View Post
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ID:	1698837 I have always thought about that russau I think it would be a fascinating project, found this picture somewhere a while ago I think its from a school up in Alaska.
    My guess would be the UAF (Fairbanks) college. They teach a lot about gold mining and itís history there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mgumby16 View Post
    Someone out in Cali needs to build on of these little guys lol. Not sure how well it would work given how lite it would be, but still it looks like a cool little machine.

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    That is one of the coolest things iíve ever seen!

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    Our trip has begun weíll see how it goes and I will post pictures if and when possible
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