Oregon May 11, 2018
Here Are 7 Places Where You Can Still Hunt For Gold In Oregon
The days of the gold rush may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still test your luck gold panning! All around Oregon, there are creeks and rivers still open to the general public for recreational gold panning. Here are seven of the best spots to (try to) strike it rich:
1. Quartzville Creek (Linn County)
This historical mining area is a great place to hone your gold hunting skills. A section of the creek just above Green Peter Reservoir is open to the public.
2. Sixes River Recreation Site (Curry County)
Located approximately 10 miles east of Sixes, Oregon, the Sixes River is a prime place to pan for gold. There is also a camping site open during the summer months if you want to make a weekend of it.
3. Sharps Creek Recreation Site (Lane County)
Hidden in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains about 18 miles southeast of Cottage Grove, Sharps Creek Recreation Site is prime gold panning territory. The site consists of a small campground and a day-use area overlooking Sharps Creek. Here, visitors will find opportunities for hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, swimming, and panning for gold.
4. Rogue Wild and Scenic River
The Rogue River is one of the longest rivers in Oregon and flows for over 200 miles. Visitors can pan for gold, fish, and take guided boating trips. Some of the top spots for gold panning include the areas around Gold Hill, Grants Pass, and within Hellgate Recreation Area; however, gold has been found along the entire length of this impressive river.
5. Sumpter Dredge State Park (Baker County)
A visit to the once bustling gold rush town of Sumpter provides a variety of fun, gold-themed activities. You can try your luck panning for gold at the Sumpter Dredge State Park, explore the massive Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge, and wander the historic streets of the charming town.
6. Cow Creek (Douglas County)
Located south of Roseburg, Cow Creek Recreation Area is a place rich in natural beauty and other treasures. The tributary to the Umpqua River is easily accessible.
7. Brice Creek (Lane County)
Situated within the historic Bohemia Mining District, Brice Creek has multiple access points for gold hunters. Choose from National Forest Lands at Cedar Creek Campground and Lund Park Campground for your best chances as striking it rich.
Have you panned for gold in the Beaver State before? Did you find any shiny treasures? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!
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