Family Gold Panning Tours

A Fun Way to Involve the Entire Family

Many of us involved in recreational or small-scale gold mining
have families, yet most of us pursue our mining interests either by ourselves or with a good partner or two. Yes, it's true that sometimes our wives, sweethearts, kids, and grandkids accompany us, but I suspect this is the exception rather the rule.

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Gold Concentrates
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One very fun way to involve the entire family in gold mining history and the thrill of finding some color in a pan is to take the entire "crew" on a family gold panning tour. There are more "pay-as-you-go" tours out there than I can possibly list, but here are a few you might want to consider (Disclaimer: I provide this list only as a service to you, my readers. I have absolutely NO connection with any of these businesses nor do I have any vested interest in promoting them.)

Consolidated Gold Mines, Dahlonega, GA

Consolidated offers an underground (hard-rock) gold mining tour, gold panning for young and old, and gemstone mining as an added bonus.

Argo Gold Mine and Mill, Idaho Springs, CO
Take paying tours of the mine and mill and receive a free ore sample. Argo also has gold and gemstone panning lessons for children and adults, as well as horseback riding and trout fishing nearby.
Gold Prospecting Adventures, Jamestown, CA

Located in the Southern Mines portion of California's Motherlode Region, GPA has something for everyone in their 1849-style mining camp, including panning, rocker, and sluicing lessons for the kids and, if you're a hard-core placer miner, a chance to work GPA's own property (and they have some very productive spots).

Goldbottom Mine Tours and Gold Panning, Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada

If you've ever wanted to see a bit of Klondike gold history then Goldbottom is tailor-made for you. They have an operating placer mine on site and everyone gets a chance to pan some Yukon gold, using the same methods and gear as the oldtimers.

Reed Gold Mine, Midland, NC

The Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in U.S. history, a 17-troy pound nugget! You can visit parts of the underground mine workings, watch a working stamp mill crush gold ore, and last but not least, pan for color.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, between Placerville and Auburn, CA

This is a California State Historic Park located where James Marshall made his discovery of placer gold in 1848, triggering the California Gold Rush. The park area is steeped in mining history and offers the chance to learn about the Gold Rush as well as pan for gold.

So there you have it. A short list of gold panning tour spots that you can take the entire family to. Enjoy yourselves!

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