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    Aug 2008
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    Live near SF Bay Area

    I've been searching high and low to find somewhere in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to hone my gold panning skills with real gold (even if it is a minute amount or dust).

    Is anyone familiar with the area or have any suggestions?

    I am a newbie but am SO interested in gold prospecting and learning the art of panning.

    All help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you, rjbassgold

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    Nov 2007
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    Re: Live near SF Bay Area

    GOOD LUCK!Head east!!
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon





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    us
    Mar 2003
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    Re: Live near SF Bay Area

    Get out of the bay--cruise east on I-80 up to Auburn. Go to the Auburn Recreation area and enjoy !! Drivers flats off forresthill divide has a so-so road but decent gold to learn with. Tons a au 2 u 2-John

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    us
    Aug 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area
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    Re: Live near SF Bay Area

    Thanks kuger.

    I was expecting this answer but was hoping someone had a secret

    I don't mind traveling within the greater Bay Area though don't get out to Gold Country much.

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    us
    Aug 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area
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    Re: Live near SF Bay Area

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser John
    Get out of the bay--cruise east on I-80 up to Auburn. Go to the Auburn Recreation area and enjoy !! Drivers flats off forresthill divide has a so-so road but decent gold to learn with. Tons a au 2 u 2-John
    <P>
    Thanks, Auburn isn't too far a drive and will try it out next time I go up there.

    Maybe I'll take some BBs to a local stream to practice my skills

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    Jul 2004
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    Re: Live near SF Bay Area

    Believe there's some gold in the Santa Cruz mountains.Any BLM ground,who knows.A big chunk of quartz gold was found there many years ago......Also gold bearing veins have been found in San francisco itself,but most of the creeks are filled or built over.Some of the counties north of the city have small gold deposits.........Dave

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    us
    Aug 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area
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    Re: Live near SF Bay Area

    Quote Originally Posted by dave wiseman
    Believe there's some gold in the Santa Cruz mountains.Any BLM ground,who knows.A big chunk of quartz gold was found there many years ago......Also gold bearing veins have been found in San francisco itself,but most of the creeks are filled or built over.Some of the counties north of the city have small gold deposits.........Dave
    <P>This is exactly what I'm trying to research but am having a hard time finding anything on the topic.

    Thank you for the post and for bringing some validity to my hours of searching the web

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    Jul 2004
    Angels Camp,Ca.
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    Re: Live near SF Bay Area

    rj,Gold districts ofCalifornia..Bulletin 193........San Francisco Beach...gold occurs as fine grains in the black sands on the beach at San francisco.from 1938-50,gold was produced at the beach by people using small washing plants.From 1938-41 the recorded production was $13,000.The most productive part of the beach was south of the old Fleishacker zoo,and the gold most plentiful after heavy winter storms.several narrow gold bearing quartz veins have been found in metamorphic rock in the general area.......gold was $35 an ounce then,so that's over $300,000 that was reported at todays price,butthey probably would'nt let you work it.Every county has a mining and mineral report....Lot's of books,bulletins,reports available at the libraries,especially the Bancroft at Berkeley.Even Sonoma has gold.Do the research ...Most likely the motherlode area's are your best bet for what limited access there is.Perthaps join a club ..........Dave
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    Aug 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area
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    Re: Live near SF Bay Area

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for this post. I found the article and did some research based on it and found a little stretch of beach that I'm going to check out later next week. I'll let you know how it goes and even if it is just a small bit of gold dust, I will be happy

    -rjbassgold

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    Jul 2004
    Angels Camp,Ca.
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    Re: Live near SF Bay Area

    rj,there's lot's of fellows on the various gold forums that live within an hour of Sacramento in gold country,perhaps if you post on some of those forums someone would be kind enough to take you under their wing.....lot's of how to books in any large library.Sme of the counties that have only small deposits of gold could be a good deasl if you canget on the property seeing as they haven't been worked in who knows when.If you want info on other forums and or a few good easy reading books,post me at dwiseman95222@lycos.com

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    I'm in Concord, Ca so from what I can gather from here is Auburn is the best spot, if anyone knows about any trips or group meets ups, I'd be interested, I have NO experience so I'm counting on beginners luck. cheeple@yahoo

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeple View Post
    I'm in Concord, Ca so from what I can gather from here is Auburn is the best spot, if anyone knows about any trips or group meets ups, I'd be interested, I have NO experience so I'm counting on beginners luck. cheeple@yahoo
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  13. #13

    May 2012
    nevada
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    A strong prospecting club is East Bay Prospectors. they have a website and are meeting in Concord.

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    Dec 2012
    CA
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeple View Post
    I'm in Concord, Ca so from what I can gather from here is Auburn is the best spot, if anyone knows about any trips or group meets ups, I'd be interested, I have NO experience so I'm counting on beginners luck. cheeple@yahoo
    I was raised in Lafayette when only 700 people lived there...was a farm/ranch area then..bet some old maps would help in that area..I now live in Santa Cruz mountains ..found some old artifacts ,no real gold yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeple View Post
    I'm in Concord, Ca so from what I can gather from here is Auburn is the best spot, if anyone knows about any trips or group meets ups, I'd be interested, I have NO experience so I'm counting on beginners luck. cheeple@yahoo
    Check out the East Bay chapter of the GPAA and the Delta Gold Diggers, both groups are very helpful.

 

 
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