Gold Prospecting Adventures

Gold Prospecting Adventures

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
As seen on every major network including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Discovery and History Channels, Tokyo TV, CBS and read about in the New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Shock Family has some of the most experienced and knowledgeable prospectors in all of Gold Country. We will open doors for the novice to the professional that you may have not known existed. You may lose your pictures but you will never forget the memories. Come have a blast into the past finding gold and learning the art of prospecting on the historic Woods Creek. The surest way to ensure the future is by touching the past.
Jamestown, California

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Annie W
1 contribution
Jan 2022
I booked a gold panning lesson at the shop in downtown Jamestown this weekend, thinking it would be a fun little thing to do with my daughters during our family trip. Booking on the website was super easy and they sent me multiple confirmation emails plus a waiver to sign. We showed up at the designated place and time only to find the shop boarded up looking like it hadn't been in operation for years. Tried calling both phone numbers they provided - both out of service.

A local resident walked by and confirmed that the place hasn't been operating for a long time and the building is designated to turn into something else soon. She said the guy who ran it still does gold panning out at the creek site, so maybe that part of the operation is still going - but the option to do a lesson at the shop is definitely not a thing anymore. Whoever runs their website hasn't gotten the memo yet I guess.

And yes, my credit card was charged. Guess I'll be disputing it with my bank since there is no way to get in touch with these folks.
Written January 31, 2022
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zride96
San Jose, CA14 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We had a great time at the creek with our guide Ian. He was super helpful in getting us started and showing us the techniques for finding gold. We did find some flakes of gold to show for our hard work. We did a 3 hour tour and I am still sore! I would totally do this again and my 13 year old teen enjoyed himself too.
Written October 11, 2021
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Kristina C
Ojai, CA1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
Frying Pan Frank was a very patient and experienced teacher! We found some gold flakes and had a great time!
Written June 25, 2021
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Dseaster
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Solo
My teacher/guide was awesome. Glad I went to the creek. Little disappointed I didn't find more and bigger gold.
Written June 21, 2021
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Michelle H
4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We had the greatest time. Frying pan frank was so much fun and knowledgeable. He kept it entertaining as well. We would recommend gold prospecting adventures. A very fun way to cool down from the heat.
Written June 21, 2021
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Michelle B
5 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful guide who explained the history of the area and really was able to give us a fun experience.
Written June 7, 2021
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cynthia p
Anaheim, CA4 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Frank the sage and philosopher very engaging and a respectful host. Very knowledgeable and curious. We enjoyed our time with him.
Written May 19, 2021
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Debbie K
Manchester, NH11 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
The owners Nick and Terry were so helpful and friendly. They had all the equipment we needed, gave us tips for their location (along with some historic information) and gave us plenty of time to dig. The area was beautiful and we left with some gold to take home. Definitely recommend taking some time to go here.
Written October 8, 2019
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Andrea C
Los Gatos, CA2 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Booked a reservation over a week in advance for my family, showed up early for our time slot. The business was locked. Called the phone number, left message. After 30 minutes from our scheduled time while waiting in the heat, owner finally called and said he got busy at the creek. So disappointing, he didn’t even bother to call me to give a heads up.
Written September 1, 2019
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Wade D
15 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This adventure turned out to be much better than anything we could have imagined. We thought we would be painting for gold in a creek that was overpanned by many many others before us. Not so fast. We were digging in, and on the side of, the creek in areas that have never been touched before. We did not expect to find gold as we just simply wanted to experience how to prospect and pan for gold. Bonus!! We found gold. You want to stay at the Jamestown Inn and right across the street go to Gold Prospecting Adventures of Jamestown.
Written August 22, 2019
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