Gold has been discovered in nearly every state in the U.S. The famous gold areas of Alaska, California, and many of the western states still produce lots of gold, and even many of the states across the Midwest and east coast have gold that can be recovered by prospecting. This state by state guide will help you get started on your adventure!
The states in which major amounts of gold have been found are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, ia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
There are lots of gold mining opportunities in Washington state. Fine placer gold can be found in the Columbia River and its tributaries, as well as numerous creeks and rivers west of the Cascades. Panning for gold is a great way to find gold, or you can step up to a sluice or dredge and move some material.
Where to look for gold. Gravel bars usually found on the inside of the river bends. Although the gold here is mostly small flakes to very fine, there sometimes is a lot of it. Where the stream levels out after a steeper part such as downstream of rapids or waterfalls. Newly formed gravel bars.