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    Oct 2017
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    Best time of year for Denver Panning/Sluicing?

    I have a family member that moved to Denver area but I have never gone to visit. I am planning on going to visit and do some fun recreational panning and sluicing somewhere on Clear Creek. Probably Arapahoe Bar and anywhere else that looks good and I can access easily.

    Can anybody recommend a time of year for best flow conditions? I usually like the lowest water possible but be able to run a small sluice. I also want warm weather so I can wear shorts and T shirt and don't have to worry about getting wet.

    I was thinking early Fall....

    I use this United States Geological Survey site for current and past data on Clear Creek near Golden, CO. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv?site_no=06719505

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    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
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    I can't personally answer, but you might take a look at this site https://findinggoldincolorado.com/ or the book by the same name. It will probably give you a lot of good info for planning.

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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
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    The website and book advice is awesome The book has over a dozen metro Denver dig sites!

    September is beautiful in Colorado and the clear Creek water levels are low then.



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