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California Gold Panning

17712 Harvard Mine Rd, Jamestown, CA 95327 (Formerly Jamestown Gold Panning)
+1 209-694-6768
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Ranked #3 of 9 attractions in Jamestown
Type: Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Newton, Massachusetts
1 review
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

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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Santa Cruz, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Unpleasant and unprofessional. Miner John spent minimal time with us and spent a fair amount of that little time belittling his girlfriend. This left little left over the information for the information about prospecting for which we had driven a long distance and paid good money. Miner John was impatient and distracted as he delivered a few curt instructions and... More

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John G, Manager at California Gold Panning, responded to this review

I explained to you that the person with me had lost her wallet and why I was not there every second of the trip. I did explain to you a few times why and how and stopped you when you were doing the panning incorrectly. There is a reason why I ask what part you dont understand and if you... More

Fremont, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Spent 5 hours with Preacher John and a sluice box. Loved it so much I came back a few weeks later and dug for 4 more days. The 4th day Miner John took me to his personal claim!! Great time, learned a lot! I have been prospecting ever since! Miner John has been a great help to me ever since... More

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San Francisco
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43 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We were so looking forward to the 2-hour gold panning adventure on our recent family vacation to Jamestown. There are two gold prospecting outfits in Jamestown. We picked this one as our first choice based on TripAdvisor reviews. The week before, I emailed about availability on the days we'll be in town, and then followed up with a call to... More

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John G, Manager at California Gold Panning, responded to this review

I looked at the email you sent and you were scheduled for 10am. When I called you back you said you had gone with someone else. I said that was fine. What more did you want me to say? You were early, I answered the phone before your appointment and you went elsewhere. When people make an appointment I write... More

Temecula, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

While on the road about 2 hours away we started looking for a place to go gold panning. We found Jamestown Gold Panning on Yelp and decided to give them a call. We called and Miner John answered and after checking the schedule he said he could squeeze us in that day - no problem. So we were excited to... More

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