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Family Panning & Group Tours

Looking for a great family outing? A Gold Prospecting Adventure is an exciting, educational, and fun group adventure. It's also economical, all of our adventures have special family rates, discounts are available for chidren under the age of twelve.

We will make reference to a given number of pans per hour in the following text. The number used is an average, the more pans of material you process the more gold you find. We find gold on every trip of two hours or more and you keep all the gold you find.


"Our Visit to your Jimtown 1849 Gold Mining Camp was the perfect lunch stop on our way to Yosemite. For a while, I really felt what it must have been like to live in the California during the Gold Rush!"

- Terry Brown - San Rafael, Ca -

Family / Group Adventures

Gold Panning Adventure

Come with your family or group and pan for gold at a real gold mining camp located on a shady, gold bearing creek in the heart of the Motherlode. Meet us at the old livery in historic Jamestown. You can't miss the claim jumper hanging in front of our store.

We recommend a 3 or 5 hour expedition. Gold has always been found on guide escorted expeditions of 2 hours or more and times passes quickly when you're finding gold!

( Average 5 pans per hour )

Sluice Box & Gold Panning

The next step up from gold panning is using the sluice box. After panning a while you will soon appreciate using the Sluice Box. It is much more effective in finding gold. Best of all the water does the work for you!

( Average 100 pans per hour )


On this highbanking adventure you move even more material because we move the sluice box to your site and pump the water to you. This technique yeilds even more gold, and all the gold you find is yours to keep!

( Average 1000 pans per hour )

The Drywasher

A drywasher is a common desert mining tool for gold mining.
A drywasher is like a highbanker, since it uses a motor and a form of sluice, but it has no need for water. It drywasher operates by the use of air and vibration. By forcing air to flow up through the material as it moves down the sluice, the heavier materials, like gold, will stay at the bottom and get trapped by the riffles while the lighter materials will flow up and over the riffles or be blown away.
The lighter material that is not blown away will slowly flow down the sluice and fall out the end of the sluice. Learn More...

Electronic Prospecting

Are you an expert or a metal detecting guru? Do you know everything about the metal detector and how it works? Have you have found some nuggets and want to learn something new? If so, then this 3-day trip is for you. In 15 hours we'll teach you how to find the "float" in the stream bed and retrace it back to it's source. Everything you need to know to become a knowledgeable "pocket hunter" is included in this trip.

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