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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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A great educational experience for the family

My nine-year-old daughter had nothing but gold in her mind during the four days we were in gold country. We tried the 2-hour sluicing and panning lessons as an introduction to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My nine-year-old daughter had nothing but gold in her mind during the four days we were in gold country. We tried the 2-hour sluicing and panning lessons as an introduction to gold prospecting. Gary showed us all the techniques and explained everything in a way that both adults and children could easily understand. We spent over two hours digging and... More 

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Highgate Center, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

You will strike it rich and get the feel of the ole time miners if you choose to pan for gold here. They will show you how to pan, then let you do it like a real gold miner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

My son and I had a go at gold panning under the expert guidance of Miner Gary this morning. He was a great help in teaching us enough of the basics to get us started and was on hand with tips and suggestions. And, yes, we did strike gold!

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
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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