Colfax, CA panning. Any advice?

N-Lionberger

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Outside Colfax there’s a campground/day use area on the Bear river that you can pan at. There are a number of books on public panning locations in California. Pioneer mining in Auburn has a good selection of literature.
 

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Outside Colfax there’s a campground/day use area on the Bear river that you can pan at. There are a number of books on public panning locations in California. Pioneer mining in Auburn has a good selection of literature.
I spent a lot of days face down on the Bear camp site #1 county park with a big day use area. Just find a vacant hole and jump in a wet suit will make for a better day.
 

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Found this beauty at that section of Bear Creek near the campground parking lot back in 2016.
Couldn't believe it when it appeared in the 8" sluice!

Good luck!

- Brian
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Very nice display case for your BEAUTY !! :occasion14: :icon_thumleft:
Thanks, that nugget sits in a case with little bits of gold from each place that I've visited to prospect. Case is getting dusty - need to clean it!
(Side-note: All of it is "in the wild" gold - no tourist gold, not that there's anything wrong with tourists learning to pan etc. at those pay-to-pan places. I just like to venture out to places like Bear Creek to find it "in the wild"!)

There's a hole waiting for more Alaska gold. (There's a whole story behind that hole, but I've already distracted too much from Randy's original post.)

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