Gold Prospecting

Gold Panning in California's Gold Country


California Gold


Gold Prospecting Expeditions & Store –  Jamestown - 800-596-0009

World famous Gold prospecting expedition trips. Visit real gold mining camp-JIMTOWN 1849. You keep all the gold you find.

Gringo Express Tours – Jamestown - 209-984-1635

Featuring Gold Prospecting adventures to local streams, from 1 hour-trips to several days. Open everyday. You keep all the gold you find.

Hidden Treasure Gold Mine Tours & Matelot Gulch Mine Supply Store – Columbia 209-532-9693

Hard rock gold mine tours daily. Gold panning, antiques, gold/silver jewelry. Summer daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Winter from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed on Mondays.

Jensen’s PICK & SHOVEL Ranch - 209-736-0287 or 209-736-2739

The ranch is located on Parrotts Ferry Rd. in Vallecito. 7 1/2 miles north of Columbia, or take Highway 4 east from Angels Camp & 1/2 from Moaning Caverns. The guides will teach you to find where the gold is located. You will learn how to pan, sluice and with a permit how to dredge. They provide the equipment and be sure that you will find gold every time, but no guarantees on how much. Up to an ounce is yours, after that you will split.

If you are the adventurous type and think you can handle the trip by yourself here are a few places where you can get supplies and more info on where to go for gold:


Columbia Mining & Equipment: Main Street, Jamestown - 209-984-3893

Stories in Stones: Main Street, Murphys - 209-728-2404

Books & More: Highway 49, Altaville - 209-728-8845

Matelot Gulch Mining Supply: Columbia State Park - 209-532-9693

River Prospecting: Arnold - 888-726-4386

In addition to these companies, all lakes and reservoirs in the Calaveras, Tuolumne Counties offer opportunities for finding gold. Just kneel down by the sandy banks and you might get lucky!

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