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  1. #1

    Oct 2007

    wyoming panning

    I was just wondering if anyone knows of any areas in the bighorn mountains to do some panning

  2. #2
    Feb 2008
    White's MXT; backup - BH Pioneer 505
    14 times
    Prospecting and coin shooting

    Re: wyoming panning

    When I lived in Wy, I never made it over to the Bighorns for prospecting, but as they say, gold is where it is at! I used to prospect in the Wyoming Range (Western Wy) which was not known for gold. Guess what, I found gold in nearly every shovel full! I'd suggest that you sample around whatever creeks are convenient (and don't have staked claims) and go from there. When you find some color, work that creek.

    Of course, there is always Douglas Creek near Douglas and the area around South Pass City in the Winds that are known for gold!

    Good luck!
    Lookin' and pickin'!

  3. #3
    David Emslie

    Aug 2007
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    I just follow my nose!...where the silver and gold goes! Minelab 5000, Goldmaster, and a few others XRF spectrometer, Common sense.
    92 times

    Re: wyoming panning

    Prospecting is about looking for gold in new places. Hence the word Prospector!

    Wyoming has been virtually ignored for the wealth it contains. Most think of it as a cattle state and a vast barren wasteland of nothingness...witch most of it is, But.

    There are many areas I have found in Co and Wy where there is gold where "its not supposed to be"
    Keep in mind only about 20% of Wyoming's mineral deposits have been explored, New stuff is found all the time, Just in the last 30 years have been Diamonds and a new gold district, in the last 8 have been Iolite, Ruby/sapphire, peridot, new uranium deposits, Just in last 3 years has been opal, more gold deposits, including one area where a guy with a metal detector managed to pull out over 400 nuggets in a copper district!!! The place is also known for jade, coal, oil iron Tungstun, I can go on and on and on.

    So, word of advice on Wyoming. Gold is where you find it, as well as a lot of other weird things and where that may be...who knows until you prospect and look.
    Basically, Wyoming is filled with Billions of Dollars in Mineral wealth. And in a stat with fewer people per square mile than Alaska, There are good chances of finding things.
    I venture up there all the time to look for fun and new things, And I find em!

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  4. #4

    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
    4147 times

    Re: wyoming panning

    i was dredgeing up on Douglas Creek back in 06 and really had a good time!

  5. #5

    Apr 2008
    2 times

    Re: wyoming panning

    There are lost gold deposits and ledges there, so any area is worth checking out.

  6. #6

    Oct 2007
    106 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: wyoming panning

    great info.... sounds like a road trip.....I need to check this out, I have a free week or two this summer..


  7. #7

    Feb 2006

    Re: wyoming panning

    In the bighorns I found gold in Crazy Woman creek on the eastern side, and the creeks north of the highway above Bald Mountain on the western side. If you find your way into the winter feed grounds,west of Sheridan. Look for a creek on the northeast side of exactly where they feed. It is about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile away. I found good gold. But I was horn hunting and in march in wyoming. Could only use my 9 inch. "Snitch Pan" as I call it. Alittle while because of the cold water. And was really finding horns. Mostly small flour and very small flake gold. But did find it in almost every pan. Watch out where your at on Crazy Woman. Some land creek runs in is private. I once met a guy that showed me nuggets(1/8 of an inch flat) he said he found below the Toungue River in a dry creek bed. But wanted $350.00 to tell me where. I just couldn't take the word of a stranger like that.

  8. #8
    Flatlander bitten by the gold bug.

    Jan 2005
    6 times

    Re: wyoming panning

    There is a history of claims in the Big Horns, up between Buffalo and Ten Sleep. Don't recall exact location No reports of finds I can pass along.

    There are many areas through out Wyoming where there is gold

    Medicine Bow NF particularly on Douglas Creek
    Out Around Atlantic City - on Rock, Strawberry, Dickey Springs, and other locations (LOT OF CLAIMS, you have to be careful where you step.) Don't even know if there are any GPAA claims, I do know there are WPA Claims if you join the club.

    Up around Cook City is another location, outside the east entrance of Jellystone.

    Go the the WYGS website for further info.


    check out this doc for particulars.
    Gold is where you find it..

  9. #9
    May 2008
    Teknetics T2SE, GARRETT GTI 2500, Garrett Infinium
    828 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: wyoming panning

    Get a copy of the Roadside Geology of Wyoming.

    It is full of tips on where to hunt for lots of interesting rocks, as well as a general geological history of the areas you're going through.

    Very helpful

    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."

  10. #10
    Jan 2008
    Black Hills of South Dakota
    Tesoro Lobo & Garrett Stinger
    309 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: wyoming panning

    Officially, no.

    In actuality, the real Wyoming Lost Cabin Mine is supposedly there somewhere.

    In truth, we have gotten gold from up in the Bighorns. Not the prettiest you ever saw, but there ARE places.

    Geologically, it is almost identical to the Black Hills. (though the state "experts" publicly say no).

    I absolutely LOVE Ten Sleep - it is one of my favorite places - but, then again, some of the best fishing I have ever done in Wyoming is there, and some of the BEST elk hunting. (along with gold, just different time of year - always something to ).

    By the way - if you rent a rustic cabin - bring many many blankets. By rustic, they mean you can see the "great outdoors" from the great indoors. And there is ony a couple of really good places to eat - and they share a phone on alternate days.

    So, bring your supplies with you.

    Also, Sheridan has grown tremendously over the last 15 years, and prices have gone up. But there are some really good "sporting" shops in Sheridan. For some reason, some of the hunting and fishing places sell mining supplies - I wonder why?

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    "Irony is the rule"

  11. #11

    Apr 2008
    2 times

    Re: wyoming panning

    Near Medicine Wheel there was a mining boom town but it is in Park lands. The place is a ghost town today.

  12. #12

    Feb 2013
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    my dad and i used to go up by half ounce creek by bald mtn there was a pile of trailing s we went through and found a little gold havent been up there in a while though

  13. #13

    Feb 2013
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    i also worked with a gal whose husband was a rancher in bighorn wy. he found a letter his dad wrote telling of the swedes who built the lost cabin , they had a tin can full of gold .the letter actually tells were the cabin is but everything was measured in horseback rides from different forts and creeks were named different . it is a pretty amazing letter though,which i got a copy of , one of the swedes was killed by indians on the way to his house . pretty cool

  14. #14
    JP Gold Guy

    Jan 2014
    Buffalo Wy
    1 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I am very interested in the letter you are talking about... My brother and I have been on the search for the lost cabin for 15yrs now... I have seen some local pictures and letters also... We have been everywhere on the bighorns. Do you still have a copy of that letter? If so would you be willing to share??

  15. #15

    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
    4147 times
    PSSST this post is almost a year old. but i think everyone here on this site would like to read that letter as well! it sounds very interesting!


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