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    Illinois gold prospecting

    I have been going crazy trying to get an idea in illinois(near chicago) or indiana were i can pan for gold. Any help would so much appreciated. Thanks.

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    Feb 2010
    Black Hills, South Dakota
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    Re: Illinois gold prospecting

    Hi Stang,
    hat you will have in Indiana is glacial gold deposits as will be in Illinois. There isn't much information on gold being found in Illinois however. In Indiana look in the Northern third of Brown county, Carrol Co. within 3 miles of Delphi, Cass co. near Logansport, and Fourteen Mile Creek in Clark Co. 3 1/2 miles NE of Charlestown, in Clinton CO. in the Kilmore Branch of the S. Fork of the Wildcat River. These are just a few of the counties in Indiana where gold has been found. Check the inside bends of rivers and creeks and look for exposed bedrock both in the creek and on the banks above the water line. Make sure you have owner permission if on private land. Also the Morgan-Monroe State Forest is open to panning. A permit is required and can be obtained at: Morgan-Monroe State Forest
    6220 Forest Road
    Martainsville, In 46151
    765-342-4026
    There is camping there also. Call as rates can change. The Forest personel are said to be helpful. There have been good reports about this site. Good reports have also come from near by Yellowwood State Forest. There are about 11 other counties that have reports of gold also.
    Hope this helps. Good Luck .
    B H Prospector

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    Re: Illinois gold prospecting

    i know several prospectors in the Chicago area. you may want to look into the northern chapter of the GPAA and look over www.midwestprospector.com Chuck Lassiter

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    Nov 2010
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    Re: Illinois gold prospecting

    I have heard of small amounts of gold being found in the streams of Northern Ill and South West Wisconsin that drain from the glacial drumlins of that area.
    If I can dig up that information, I will gladly share it with you.
    Good Luck,
    CGC
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    Finding Diamonds in Arkansas

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    Re: Illinois gold prospecting

    i live in nw illinois. i might be wrong, but i think i read that any kind of gold prospecting in illinois is illegal, that the state owns all the mineral rights. so i guess if you do find gold, you are suppose to turn it into the state. in other words, go tattle on yourself.
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    wrinkles

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    Re: Illinois gold prospecting

    reading and understanding the laws in Ill. would be a great help in knowing what you can or canot do! do your research first,then go out and have some fun!guessing what you can or canot do will only get you and others in trouble!

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    Finding Diamonds in Arkansas

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    Re: Illinois gold prospecting

    i did do the research. it seems you are the one lacking the ability.

    Laws & Regulations for Prospecting Gold in Illinois
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    Gold prospecting is allowed in Illinois.
    gold image by Raimundas from Fotolia.com Gold has never been mined commercially in Illinois, but some people have had success prospecting for gold along rivers and streams and excavation sites. Prospecting in Illinois is regulated by state laws and violating these laws is punishable by fines and possibly jail time. If you follow the rules, you can prospect gold in Illinois.
    Property Rights
    The cardinal rule of prospecting in Illinois is that you must have permission from the owner of the property. Prospecting without permission is considered trespassing and you can be arrested. You should contact the owner of the land and get his written permission to prospect the land in case any troubles arises.
    Public Land
    The state of Illinois has outlawed panning on any and all state-owned sites, including parks and preserves, but other forms of prospecting are allowed with a permit. The only federal land available for prospecting is Shawnee National Forest, but you must first apply and be approved for prospecting and issued a permit by the Forest Supervisor. It is illegal to prospect without a permit.
    Mineral Rights
    If you are given a permit to prospect for gold on land owned by the state of Illinois, then you are unable to claim mineral rights if you do find gold on public lands through excavation or other means. The state maintains all mineral rights to gold found on public land. You must notify Illinois Department of Natural Resources of any gold found.
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    wrinkles

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    Re: Illinois gold prospecting

    Wrinkels ,your comment wasnt called for! i think you read toooo much into my post. dont be so defensive!
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    Jun 2008
    Lake Country WI.
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    Re: Illinois gold prospecting

    To Wrinkles.
    How can you prospect for gold in Illinois without using a pan?
    What other forms of prospecting are allowed?

  10. #10
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    Finding Diamonds in Arkansas

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    Re: Illinois gold prospecting

    it beats me. i'm heading west in a couple of weeks. there is a park in southern illinois where you can look for gold. i can't remember the name.
    wrinkles

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    Clint Snyder

    Jan 2013
    Central Illinois
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    Prospecting
    I am in central Illinois and have had some pretty good luck panning, and dredging a few small creeks in my area. I have built some sluice boxes to catch the very fine gold that exists in Illinois... as one has to be very diligent to capture it. The past year has been mostly R&D but have had some fruit for my labor. I own the property I have been dredging on (recreational dredging) and also have also amassed all the paperwork the DNR could give me as well as a large scale dredging permit...if i decide its worth expanding my operation. I am always looking for new places to underwater dredge and test...so if interested drop me a line.
    As per your question, look at any topo maps and try to find a glacial moraine in your area. If you can find a streambed below it with washed rock or better yet boulders in it or can find the clay layer or bedrock you will findClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	721964 gold. It may be small and one needs to be pretty handy at panning to make it work...but its there. Guaranteed.

  12. #12
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    Aug 2012
    New Mexico USA
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    Prospecting
    I left Illinois 25 years ago. My reasoning was too much private land. Too many "No Trespassing" signs. Too many rules. Now I'm experiencing a repeat to a lesser extent by others moving here and bringing their old way of life with them. Control issues.
    While there might not be much gold in Ill there are a lot of rocks. A geologist said the Ozark mountains ran up to N. Ill but were ground down by glaciers. If that's the case it's a long way to bedrock.
    If I was still there I might consider a trip to N. Mich up where the iron & copper are. See if copper = gold. Iron can = platinum. I've found fossils in S. Ill. About all I found in Ill was a lot of work. I hear that's changing too.

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    There is plenty of gold in Illinois .. I have found allot ... little Wabash river is a good start under the sand bars big rocks ... there are great spots in southern illinois but it is a secret society here lol.. truth is Canada mountains were crushed by the glaciers and flooded this area with gold for a very long time...I have seen big nuggets and seen quartz with allot of gold inside them up to a gram after its crushed... the creeks are full of quartz biggest nugget I found was 3/4 gram I seen some much bigger found...Indiana too..don't let Placer gold fool you..or the locals lol. . Illinois law... you can hunt for gold any way you please except flooding or mining without a license on private land as long as you have permission by the land owner... written permission legally covers you in court but most people in Jefferson and Hamilton County are friendly and don't mind even think your crazy for looking for gold in illinois... federal and state land you may not recover ancient artifacts, historical coins or minerals by any means without a license. .. to metal detect or pan for gold on state or federal land you must contact the office in charge of the land for instructions... creeks, streams, rivers are highly successful in private land...state land has been mostly coal mined ...I only have experience on private land and bedrock is not exposed but I have found gold approximately 10 - 14 inches deep quarts in creeks use your metal detector and bust it open...good luck..
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  14. #14

    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    when in doubt , its best bet is to keep the location / results to yourself . or itll be invaded by the very next weekend.

 

 

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