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  1. #16

    Feb 2007
    Turners Falls MA
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    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    Hey Dogbeak,
    Years ago I found a pea sized piece of gold in Sarona WI. So, it is there.
    And I heard rumors that when they were doing some work on a bridge in Webster (i know not in washburn co, but it is close) They hit a small pocket of accumilated gold around one of the pilings.
    Good luck
    Brad

  2. #17

    Aug 2005
    west central WI
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    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    Slowreaper
    I drive through sarona most every weekend.
    I live just south of there.
    I did not get to hunt for any gold this fall, but am looking forward to springtime.
    I have a camper stashed in the woods near the target area.
    Hope winter goes by quickly.
    HH
    Bill

  3. #18

    Jan 2007
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    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    Bill, there are 3 gold prospecting clubs you could check out. Tomah, Wausau, and Greenbush all have clubs. There is also a gold show in Sheboygan Falls in March. It is a perfect place to learn about equipment and panning and pick up what you need.
    Gold is where you find it......isn't everything where you find it?

  4. #19
    us
    Dec 2009
    pisgah forest, n.c.
    minelab e-trac and t-2 se
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    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    dogbeak, a few years back i read about an old mine in or near rice lake wanting to reopen. locals were fighting it because of the possible use of cyanide used in extracting the gold. dont know what the outcome was, must be some of the yellow stuff around there.

  5. #20

    Jan 2007
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    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    There is gold buried under 300 feet of glacial till, but we'll never see that. The stuff we go after in Wisconsin is gold from Upper Michigan and Ontario that is mixed in the glacial till. You can find it in virtually every river in WI but it is usually-60 mesh. The bigger gold is almost all down in Indiana as a result of the glaciers.
    No metallic mining is allowed in Wisconsin. The irony is that we have a miner on our state flag and the Wisconsin badger is derogatory term for the lead miners that settled the southwest part of the state. They slept in their holes just like a badger. You would be pretty hard pressed to find an actual badger in WI, but there are a few.
    So, in a nut shell, you could find pretty much any gemstone or mineral in our soil and in our creeks that has been discovered anywhere north of us. Check for diamonds at night in the gravel pits, suck out cracks in bedrock on rivers for gold, and hope to get lucky with everything else.
    Gold is where you find it......isn't everything where you find it?

  6. #21

    Aug 2005
    west central WI
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    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    EeggyOG
    Can you explain 60 mesh?
    I assume it is the fineness(?) of the gold.
    Looks like I have a new intrest/hobby to persue this spring.
    I'll try to resurch the rice lake mine issue.
    I have lots of creeks to expore.
    Finding anything would be cool.
    Thanks for the replys
    Bill

  7. #22
    us
    Dec 2007
    Grayling, MI
    ACE 250/Bounty Hunter Pioneer EX
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    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    Hey,
    Im trying an area in Northwestern MI and what I have found out is you need to do the reseach on the ground. Your area sounds nice and if there is alot of glacier wash in the area try crevicing those rocks espescially if there is alot of evidence of flood over the last few hundred years. Pickers are going to be about the biggest you will find in that area and they are few and far between but there is alot of fines to be found. Join the GPAA and you can get the glacial deposit map and some free videas that will help you a bit mroe in that area. Good luck!
    You slept in peace last night because brave men stood ready to preform violent acts on your behalf!

  8. #23

    Aug 2005
    west central WI
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    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    surfin,
    Are you looking in the UP?
    Can you tell me about glacier wash?
    My area has long (miles) of large rocks that travel in a very straight line that I have used years ago while deer hunting.
    Great landmarks.
    Hope you have good luck in your hunts.
    I only would like to find just a little gold just to say I have done it.
    I will look into the GPAA, as I will need a pan anyway.
    Thanks to all of you for your resposes.
    Bill

  9. #24
    us
    Dec 2007
    Grayling, MI
    ACE 250/Bounty Hunter Pioneer EX
    366
    1 times

    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    Bill,
    Im still learning myself. Im looking to start working these glacial deposits here because I live where I will never find the bedrock.

    Get some picks up close and far away and post em. You will get a bunch of feedback from that.

    You slept in peace last night because brave men stood ready to preform violent acts on your behalf!

  10. #25
    Charter Member

    May 2007
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    Re: Panning in NW Wisconsin

    As for Wisconsin.....i've personally contacted multiple sources including the DNR, i know of 2 old gold "mines" in Wisconsin One of which was never mined because of the risk of contaminating lake superior.
    CRH Totals
    90%: 24
    40%: 138
    War Nickels: 3
    Silver Dimes: 15

  11. #26

    Oct 2013
    1
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by dogbeak View Post
    Hello
    I have never panned for gold.
    Would like to try it sometime.
    I have an area nearby that has a very large rock formation that runs for miles and miles in a straight line.
    When a stream encounters it it turns and runs along it for a while then will jump a gap and continue on it's way.
    My question is, could this be considered bedrock?
    The rocks can be followed through the woods very easeally.
    They average about 40 feet wide and stickup 15 feet above grade.
    I also encountered some as big as a small house.
    Thank you for listening.
    I'm not trying to profit from this but would like to find just a little bit, just to say I did it.
    Bill
    Did you ever get to pan your spot your talkin about? I live in Marshfield WI, and I would go with you if your ever interested, I have a sluice box, 2 gold pans, sniffer bottles, and little glass viles to keep your gold in. I belong to the Tomah chapter gold prospecting club and could show you the ropes if you like. I notice this thread is a fewyears old but figured i would give it a try.

  12. #27
    us
    Mar 2013
    Wisconsin
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  13. #28
    us
    Mar 2013
    Wisconsin
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    Prospecting
    I live in Menomonee falls by Milwaukee, gonna be trying up near eau Claire wi in a few weeks. Glad to see some fellow Wisconsinites on here! Just joined gpaa myself gonna go to the meeting in greenbush in a week.

 

 
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