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California Gold Panning

Jamestown, CA, USA
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About California Gold Panning
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. The floods from this last winter has cleared new areas in the creek bed and moved a nice amount of gold we have been having some great luck this year. We accept groups up to 2 adults with 3 children, give us a call if there are more in your party. 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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chuckw47 wrote a review Jul 2021
Chicago, Illinois77 contributions31 helpful votes
The family and I (wife and two kids aged 9 and 7) spent a few hours dry slussing and panning for gold. It was a REALLY hot day and because of the drought the river was bone dry, but that didn’t stop the fun. Our sons are really into rocks and gold panning was top on their list of things they wanted to do. Nick and his Dad were great and had it all set up for us and taught us how to dry sluss and pan for gold. They even had some cold water and sodas for us to drink which was nice. We got a few small little nuggets and flakes and that was just enough to make it worth it for the boys. Plan to get dirty, but to us that’s half the fun! If you’re staying in the area (we were in Pine Mountain) this is a great little activity to do and is priced fairly. If we ever return to the area, we would for sure do it again (hopefully when the river is flowing again).
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Karen M wrote a review Nov 2020
Antioch, California37 contributions16 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I thought we’d try something new. After watching numerous shows on gold mining we thought we’d try it! The son’s owner Nate was very helpful and knowledgeable about the process! It was quite cold out and it even snowed on me a little, but it was fun! We spent 2 hours at the creek and got gold! Highly recommended!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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VAMermaid17 wrote a review Sep 2019
Williamsburg, Virginia173 contributions32 helpful votes
Best fun on a hot day! Expect to work hard, shovel and shake gravel, get wet, lift 5 gallon buckets and pan out your material. We appreciated Nick's sharp eye and expertise in teaching us where to look for gold, showing us how to use the equipment to move high volume of material and encouraging us to work as a team. We found some nice pieces of gold (not flakes) for our group of 3, enough to shake in 2 vials and hear a faint sound of gold rattle around. Highly recommend signing up with this organization, as Nick is passionate about the business of gold and more importantly, he was passionate about helping us and others find gold. We lost one of the two vials of gold while crossing the creek. Luckily and miraculously Nick found the vial a week later and was kind enough to ship it to us. We will definitely return for another day or more of prospecting, as we got bite by the Gold Bug!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Trail38524237720, Owner at California Gold Panning
Responded Sep 8, 2019
You see Gold Fever is a real thing and once you get it you never lose it, so glad to help and you found some nice gold come back and visit soon
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Andrea C wrote a review Sep 2019
Los Gatos, California2 contributions2 helpful votes
Awesome family activity, 2 kids and grandmother, all had a fantastic time! Super fun for everyone to find gold! Go for about 2 hours. Bring water shoes or socks for boots they offer on site.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Trail38524237720, Owner at California Gold Panning
Responded Sep 8, 2019
Thank you please come back and visit We had fun and you found gold how much better can it get
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Shea M wrote a review Aug 2019
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Great time good location with great tree cover and cool water. Great small claim to try out. I reccomend it to anyone, from the seasoned prospector, to a uninitiated family with kids. You cant go wrong digging in the dirt and putting in a effort to get the good stuff!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Trail38524237720, Owner at California Gold Panning
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Thank you please come back and visit
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