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Address: 17712 Harvard Mine Rd, Jamestown, CA 95327-9210 (Formerly Jamestown Gold Panning)
Phone Number: +1 209-916-5166
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Come have fun learning to pan & sluice on our claim on the historic...

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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Solid gold!

Spent a great 2 hours here with the wonderful 'Frying Pan Frank' as our guide last week. First, Frank shared some of his considerable wisdom and experience about gold prospecting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tegfantrio
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North Wales
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North Wales
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a great 2 hours here with the wonderful 'Frying Pan Frank' as our guide last week. First, Frank shared some of his considerable wisdom and experience about gold prospecting - gold is heavy! Then we learnt how to pan for gold, and we all found some. Next we used the sluice, which made the process quicker but entailed some... More 

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1 Thank Tegfantrio
Zurich, Switzerland
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

Excellent if exhausting experience! Miner Gary was a brilliant host, giving us the tools, tips and encouragement to dig as if our lives depended on it! We originally booked the 4 hours experience, my advice to novice gold diggers: less is more! After roughly 2 hours we were exhausted and focused on washing the dirt we accumulated for some well... More 

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1 Thank Bernhard E
New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

I rarely write reviews (although I keep resolving to change that) and would be suspicious if I saw a 1-star review as somebody's only review, but you can see from my history of Forum posts that I'm a real person and long-time TA user. We just came back from a 2-week family trip to northern California. After visiting gold country... More 

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miner g, Owner at California Gold Panning, responded to this review

sorry, for some reason or another your reservation was not confirmed, therefore I was not set up for another group that day. Last year I took drive ups without reservation, and ended up with a bad review for not spending enough time with the groups that have paid. Again I am truly sorry and will work hard to resolve these... More 

Odessa, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

I arrived 30 minutes early to find Gary already there & ready to start - we got the equipment set up & started working Gary worked right along beside me the whole time & told me all about the history of the area & the Gold Mines on the property- VERY EDUCATIONAL - a real pleasure to spend time with... More 

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2 Thank Les7h
Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Miner Gary worked hard to make our experience a fun one. We dug for a couple hours, each bucket of dirt holding our hopes of finding a big golden nugget. That didn't quite happen, but we found some gold, & it was a cool process. Gary worked just as hard as we did, shoveling next to us, helping us to... More 

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Folsom, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Not terrible... just not what we expected. We were looking for a personalized experience with a person that would show us how to look for gold, pan gold, and tell us about the local history. What we got was Miner Gary setting up a gold sluicing machine, explaining that we needed to shovel gravel, dirt, etc into a hopper on... More 

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6 Thank Traveller159753
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Monkers333
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94 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank GHDownie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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