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  1. #16
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    Sep 2011
    28
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    well im glad i asked because i was thinkin bout goin up there this weekend if it didnt rain.guess ill have to head up above the dam and see whats there.thanks for the quick reply,wasnt expecting one till tomarrow.

  2. #17
    us
    Mar 2011
    Massachusetts
    Garrett AT Gold
    39
    3 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    I have been prospecting about 1/4 mile below a dam in Westfield and have found some very small specs in my blue bowl. You just have to be sure you are digging deep. It's not like out West were you can just pan in a stream and find some gold, we have to look a lot harder and dig a lot deeper.

  3. #18
    us
    Sep 2011
    28
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    dudee,im right in west west springfield haha,i was planning to pan up on the river that runs along granville rd/rout57 in southwick.my brother owns a house right by the river.

  4. #19
    us
    Mar 2011
    Massachusetts
    Garrett AT Gold
    39
    3 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    Just work the inside of bends and/or behind bedrock on straights.

  5. #20
    us
    Jan 2007
    Boston area
    245
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    Re: Panning in MA

    The Westfield River had sluicing operations in the 1930s. I've found the remains but have not had a chance to dip into it.
    Also, look at old maps. I have a lot of them on my site. Here's a little section of a map from the 1800s. I haven't had a chance to explore this yet, either.

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  6. #21
    us
    Mar 2011
    Massachusetts
    Garrett AT Gold
    39
    3 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    Good website with old maps, but I could not find the one you posted on the forum.
    Aslo how do you know there was sluicing done in the 30's? The maps don't give evidence to this.

  7. #22
    us
    Sep 2011
    28
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    is there any downsides to panning in the fall when its starting to get cold out besides the cold water?

  8. #23
    us
    Mar 2011
    Massachusetts
    Garrett AT Gold
    39
    3 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    None that I know of.

  9. #24
    us
    Sep 2011
    28
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    hey scot how far down should i dig to get to the good stuff.would be like a foot or two or few inches?

  10. #25
    us
    Mar 2011
    Massachusetts
    Garrett AT Gold
    39
    3 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    It's going to be different wherever you go. I have dug down 2 feet and I have dug down 4 feet to look for false bedrock or actual bedrock and some places 4 feet wasn't enough.

  11. #26
    us
    Sep 2011
    28
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    damn 4 feet lol thats alot of digging haha.have u panned on the small river that runs along route 57? its just south of the granville reservoir or anywere near it?

  12. #27
    us
    Mar 2011
    Massachusetts
    Garrett AT Gold
    39
    3 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    no, just towards Becket

  13. #28
    us
    Sep 2011
    28
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    oh thats way up by chester mass area isnt it?

  14. #29
    us
    Mar 2011
    Massachusetts
    Garrett AT Gold
    39
    3 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Panning in MA

    yes, closer towards Lee

  15. #30
    us
    Jan 2007
    Boston area
    245
    42 times

    Re: Panning in MA

    Quote Originally Posted by scott3165
    Good website with old maps, but I could not find the one you posted on the forum.
    Aslo how do you know there was sluicing done in the 30's? The maps don't give evidence to this.
    Right, my maps are too old to show that operation. I found the info in the state archives, and then found the sluicework.

 

 
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