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National Gold Prospecting Association

Where to Find Gold: Panning, Metal Detecting & Mining

Welcome to the official website of the National Gold Prospecting Association! We're dedicated to educating the public about panning, metal detecting and mining for gold in the United States of America. Gold prospecting and panning are becoming more and more popular as recreational activities for individuals and families across the country, and there are lots of places where you can find gold nuggets and dust in states that might surprise you.

where to find gold

We provide frequently updated information about how to pan for gold, the best places in the country to find gold dust, nuggets, precious gems (and even meteorites), and links to great resources for across the web for amateur prospectors. We also occasionally write product reviews for panning equipment, metal detectors, and more. If you have a gold prospecting website or sell prospector products, please be sure to drop us a line on our contact form, and we'll be happy to link back to you and mention your specialty to our readers.

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Gold has always held a magical fascination for people, and not just because of its high sale value and beautiful qualities. The adventure that is inherent in prospecting for gold makes it an irresistible pastime for thousands of hobbyists, miners and professional prospectors around the world. Gold can be found in creeks, streams, rivers, and deserts across the country, and there are many different methods and tools that you can use to discover it.

While you might not ever become rich by panning or metal detecting for gold, we hope that you will discover just how rewarding a prospecting hobby can be for your entire family. Prospecting for gold gets you out into the wilderness, lets you discover beautiful natural spots that you might not have seen otherwise, and is a great excuse to go on an exciting adventure with your friends and loved ones.

Happy prospecting! Please let us know if there is any gold prospecting related topic you'd like to see added to our site, and be sure to check back often for new articles on panning, mining and metal detecting for gold.

--Phil Van Treuren, Administrator

National Gold Prospecting Association Blog

Silver and Gold are Waiting to be Uncovered with Metal Detectors

Michael Bernzweig About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in…

finding gold in clay sand

Sometimes, when you are panning for gold in a river, creek or a stream, you will find clay sticking to the material you’ve dug up or panned.  Its best then to dump your “diggings” into a pail of water.  (Yes,…

paning for gold in a river

Before you start looking for gold in a particular stream, creek or river, take time to test out an area in advance of settling down to a day’s work.  A fast check can be made by starting with grass that…