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    Piru Creek, California

    My pops and I are planning to go up to Piru Creek this weekend to do some prospecting. Heard that about 20 miles has been dredged over the last 30 years...is it still worth it to try and find some color up there? I especially wanted to try out some sniping up there. Seen lots of good videos on youtube with some nice chunky gold due to sniping and I really want to give it a try.

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    us
    Sep 2012
    Tujunga, CA
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    I had some luck years ago out of the bank. We were just off the campground. Decent color with quite a bit of mercury too so be careful. They say I was "mad as a hatter" by the end of the weekend.

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    Nov 2013
    Santa Barbara
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    I was just over there a few weeks ago. There is color to be found.but way more lead then gold.
    I suggests that you print out and bring all the regulations about prospecting and rock hounding being legal in national Forests.
    I had a mild pissing contest with a ranger saying that the removal of minerals is illegal. And my self pulling out papers that say it is legal.
    Other than that have fun.

  4. #4
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    Sep 2008
    so kalifornia
    gmt, falcon md20
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    I went there in the past. haven't been there in at least ten years. however I was told that the area closed to prospecting. even panning. I really can't remember who told me this so I could be wrong. now I am curious. Sinbad, what type of prospecting where you doing? did the ranger just drop it? highdesertranger

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    us
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
    Gold Cube, 2 Keene Sluices and Lord only knows how many pans....not to mention a load of other gear my wife still doesn't know about!
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    Haven't panned in Piru Creek, but did spend the better part
    of a late Summer afternoon in it.

    This was about 30 years back, and I was living in Valencia
    at the time. A couple buddies and I had been enjoying a few
    (too many) beers, when one of them comments about how it
    would be a hoot to "raft" down Piru Creek that afternoon.

    First thought."...is this guy nuts "

    Well, we scraped up a couple of cheap glorified pool rafts, and
    along with a case of beer we set off to drift the creek. Only one
    minor issue....there wasn't enough water to fully float the rafts
    for the majority of our planned route. Must have bounced my
    arse off of every boulder in that creek for a couple miles..

    Best I remember, we did actually have a good time, bruises
    and all. Never tried it again, however..
    Mike (aka Dizz)

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    a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures.
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    Calvin Coolidge

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    Sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and wrong......
    ...... because sometime in your life you have been guilty of all of these."

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  6. #6
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    Jan 2014
    California
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyDigger View Post
    Haven't panned in Piru Creek, but did spend the better part
    of a late Summer afternoon in it.

    This was about 30 years back, and I was living in Valencia
    at the time. A couple buddies and I had been enjoying a few
    (too many) beers, when one of them comments about how it
    would be a hoot to "raft" down Piru Creek that afternoon.

    First thought."...is this guy nuts "

    Well, we scraped up a couple of cheap glorified pool rafts, and
    along with a case of beer we set off to drift the creek. Only one
    minor issue....there wasn't enough water to fully float the rafts
    for the majority of our planned route. Must have bounced my
    arse off of every boulder in that creek for a couple miles..

    Best I remember, we did actually have a good time, bruises
    and all. Never tried it again, however..
    Haha, what a great story Dizzy. I've been up there plenty of times for fun and games, but I never would have thought it was dredged that much and for so long though. I don't think I've ever seen a prospector up there, only fishermen.

    And what a small, small world we live in. I've lived in Valencia (Newhall to be specific) for all 27 years I've been on this planet.
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    Nov 2013
    Santa Barbara
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    I was using my stream sluice. The ranger did drop it, with a short sort of mutter, he said. "if I don't see it then I won't write them up." ( that comes into play because I had already finished for the day and was putting my equipment back in the car. When he came rolling up.) I should add that 3 other people where up there prospecting. They were still out and down from the lot, out of sight from the parking spots. And they didn't have to deal with officer friendly.
    Oh and I almost forgot he seemed to think the only way to prospect there is to be part of gpaa do to the claim close by. It's sort of hard to recall all the particulars it was a long conversation so if you guys want to ask what he said about removal of sediments from out side the creek and what not. we talked about it all. just ask.

  8. #8
    us
    Mar 2012
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    mmac Piru certainly was dredged. Some very nice stuff taken out of there. Talk to P Keene about it

  9. #9
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    Jan 2014
    California
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    Prospecting
    Man I keep looking and looking for prospecting regulations for the Los Padres National Forest...I can't find them anywhere. Is there a site that has rules & regs for prospecting in ALL national forest in California or do I need to find them for the specific one I plan to go to?

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2013
    Deep in the redwoods
    Teknetics Alpha 2000
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    Quote Originally Posted by mchlmacdonald View Post
    Man I keep looking and looking for prospecting regulations for the Los Padres National Forest...I can't find them anywhere. Is there a site that has rules & regs for prospecting in ALL national forest in California or do I need to find them for the specific one I plan to go to?
    If you find anything on line to support what you're doing in that area, print it out and take it with you. CA has regulations from the 1865 to present day. 149 years allowed plenty of time for all of the FED agencies (each have their own "laws") to intervene and most are in opposition to the General Mining Act of 1872.
    I love this country, it's the government I'm afraid of.

    This is madness! This is politics!
    Pirates of the Caribbean-Davy Jones

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    Each district is its own little fifedom run by its own little Caesar. Who in turn answers to a bigger Caesar and so on. Layer after layer of Fed Gov. horse cr^%p. Do I seem a little bitter?

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    Jan 2014
    California
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodoconnor View Post
    Each district is its own little fifedom run by its own little Caesar. Who in turn answers to a bigger Caesar and so on. Layer after layer of Fed Gov. horse cr^%p. Do I seem a little bitter?
    Whatever bitterness you may be displaying is well deserved IMHO. I just want the reg's in writing so the rangers can kiss my gold-plated behind if they come cause trouble. All I want to do is crevice and maybe snipe a little bit underwater.
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  13. #13

    Nov 2013
    Santa Barbara
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5261774.pdf
    This is a good PDF right from their own site.

  14. #14
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    Jan 2014
    California
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    would that be sufficient enough to keep them off my backs? My dad is doing the metal detecting...i'll be screwin around on the rocks and in the water (if there is any).

  15. #15
    us
    Feb 2013
    Deep in the redwoods
    Teknetics Alpha 2000
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    Quote Originally Posted by mchlmacdonald View Post
    would that be sufficient enough to keep them off my backs? My dad is doing the metal detecting...i'll be screwin around on the rocks and in the water (if there is any).
    I believe so. The LEO should have something IN WRITING on him to show you are in violation, or have something that supersedes what you have. A good attitude and a willingness to learn and abide by the "rules" will most likely get you off with a warning.

    Just keep a low profile...leave it like you found it and you'll be fine.
    I love this country, it's the government I'm afraid of.

    This is madness! This is politics!
    Pirates of the Caribbean-Davy Jones

 

 
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