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Address: 17712 Harvard Mine Rd, Jamestown, CA 95327 (Formerly Jamestown Gold Panning)
Phone Number: +1 209-916-5166
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Description: Come have fun learning to pan & sluice on our claim on the historic Woods...
Come have fun learning to pan & sluice on our claim on the historic Woods Creek. Keep all of the gold that you find! Our private claim has not been mined by the public in many years. We are only a 5 mile detour on your way to or from Yosemite! This is a must on your Bucket List!
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Best part of our CA vacation

Miner Gary was experienced, prepared, and knowledgeable. The other reviews that say this is the real deal are spot on! My son, 7, wanted to pan for gold over any other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 14, 2015
Diane W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Miner Gary was experienced, prepared, and knowledgeable. The other reviews that say this is the real deal are spot on! My son, 7, wanted to pan for gold over any other attraction in California - we are from the East Coast. It was the best day of our trip. It rained buckets, but we didn't care and Gary had extra... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We visited California Gold Panning on a cold dreary December day, but by the time we were there, it didn't matter. Miner Gary had a tent set up along with all equipment. He showed us exactly where to dig and what to look for and even helped with several shovel fulls. We had gloves and wading boots provided to us.... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Our kids enjoyed fishing for gold in the local water bins. Strolling around the town of Columbia is fun too. There is a blacksmith shop with fun puzzles to try out; they are made of iron.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is the real deal. Miner Gary actually pans for gold at this site and as a sideline introduces novices like us to the reality of real gold panning. Miner Gary was great. At each stage of the process he showed us what to do, how to operate the machinery and then left us to have fun and do the... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My husband and I, our 2 kids (10 and 12) and my parents showed up a bit early for our gold panning adventure. Miner Gary was there waiting for us and got us started right away. It was 102 that day, but we thoroughly enjoyed digging and panning for gold. Miner Gary was extremely helpful, attentive and also gave us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Our family took the family package for my husband's birthday. Our daughter is 8yo so I allowed her to meander between helping and catching critters (crayfish, water striders, bullfrog tadpole, tiny frog!) The point was for us all to have fun and I didn't want a struggle to make her help if she didn't want to. My husband and I... More 

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Lake Grove, Ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Panning for gold is an art. If you want to go back in time and see how they panned for gold this is the place to do it. My husband and his brother spent 2 hours playing in the mud like little school boys and both found so gold, but not enough to pay the tab. They totally enjoyed themselves,... More 

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North Beach, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Minor John was very helpful and funny. He helped and showed us exactly what we were to do to find some gold. We went 2 times cause my husband always had this on his bucket list to do and he loves the old movie" Treasure of the Sierra Madras". John helped my husband with some of the digging on day... More 

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Sherman, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I called Miner John on a Friday and asked about coming out on Sunday. He said that would be fine and he would meet me there at 9am. I show up Sunday a few minutes early and John was waiting on me. We went down to the creek where he had a place picked out for me to run a... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

My husband and I and our three kids (ages 9, 8 and 4) had an incredible time at Jamestown Gold Panning. In just two hours, we learned so much - John and his team showed us where and how to dig the dirt (harder work than we expected but wonderful that we got to do it ourselves and lots of... More 

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