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Free Panning/Sluicing Areas, Colorado
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post Nov 5 2015, 04:23 PM
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Josh and I spent time time this week at Clear Creek, in the Jeff Co Open Space area... had a great time and found some golden goodness! Will definitely be hitting it again soon!

THis dredge sucks! smiley-laughing021.gif

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Josh packing it in to head home


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Hauling some of my gear across


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Didn't get anything bigger than 30 mesh (and with all the smaller stuff, obviously my classifying skills need work lol)


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50 mesh


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post Nov 5 2015, 04:30 PM
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the whole shebang thumbsupsmileyanim.gif


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And of course, they always popular, "magnified through the vial" view!


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post Nov 5 2015, 07:32 PM
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post Nov 6 2015, 11:58 AM
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Anyone worked any other areas of Clear Creek in the Jeff Co Open Space other than the west side near the parking area? The big bend near tunnel 3 looks interesting. Though with what we got in the spot we were in, it'd be hard to walk away from a sure thing!


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post Nov 6 2015, 06:13 PM
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Exciting! I'm so itchy for minerals. Bleh!


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post Nov 7 2015, 07:51 AM
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Josh and I are headed back up Sun/Mon if anyone wants to hook up!


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post Nov 7 2015, 10:45 AM
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I loaded up the Jeepy and will try to be there around mid morning tomorrow. I'm just gonna run the mini long tom.


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QUOTE (swizz @ Nov 7 2015, 10:45 AM) *
I loaded up the Jeepy and will try to be there around mid morning tomorrow. I'm just gonna run the mini long tom.



AWESOME!! thumbsupsmileyanim.gif
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Great! Believe it or not I still have not fully shaken this crud I've had for the last 3 1/2 weeks but I think I'm better than 90%.
and, and, and...... it'll be awesome to see you guys again! laugh.gif


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You guys gonna kidnap Jessie for the day?


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post Nov 22 2015, 05:42 PM
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Hi y'all, just joined. Glad to be here!

My brother and I are just getting into prospecting. If anyone would like some labor and be willing to deal w/ us noobs, we'd be happy to apprentice. We're available on Sundays. Cheers!
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post Nov 23 2015, 06:32 AM
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QUOTE (JJJ @ Nov 22 2015, 05:42 PM) *
Hi y'all, just joined. Glad to be here!

My brother and I are just getting into prospecting. If anyone would like some labor and be willing to deal w/ us noobs, we'd be happy to apprentice. We're available on Sundays. Cheers!



You're definitely welcome to join us next time we head up there. Will definitely be opportunities this winter, if you don't mind the cold. You'll need at least hip waders to get across the creek. Look forward to meeting y'all.


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post Jan 13 2017, 01:52 PM
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QUOTE (ColoradoProspector @ Jul 26 2007, 11:22 AM) *
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CLEAR CREEK - WEST OF GOLDEN
JEFFERSON COUNTY OPEN SPACE

First we will talk about the Clear Creek/Hwy 6 area just west of Golden begining just above tunnel #1.
This area is all private land which has been donated or traded to Jefferson County open space and they "allow" panning and sluicing on the open space......they do not want motors on open space.
The only place not included in the open space is a private claim on BLM land the extends 1 mile upstream from Elk creek on Clear creek.......Steer clear of this private claim unless you have permission to be there.
WARNING-This area is all very steep and parking is limited. Traffic can also be very heavy at times, use extreme caution when in this area!!


Here are the rules for the Clear Creek Canyon Jeff Co open Space area. Motors are allowed; up to 4" dredge

http://jeffco.us/open-space/activities/gold-prospecting/


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QUOTE (ColoradoProspector @ Jul 26 2007, 01:22 PM) *
Hello everyone,

Many folks inquire about free places to pan or sluice, so we thought we would post some free areas around Colorado that anyone can go to anytime they wish.
These are places where you are either "allowed", or given permission to pan/sluice on private (patented) land or it's public land withdrawn from mineral entry (unclaimable) which we can all still prospect with our pans and sluices.
All 3 are historically known as gold bearing areas and chances are very good you WILL FIND GOLD at all of them. cool.gif

*Added March 2014-These areas DO NOT INCLUDE ANY CITY PARKS EAST OF TUNNEL #1 ON CLEAR CREEK OR ANY CITY PARKS ON THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER.

CLEAR CREEK - WEST OF GOLDEN
JEFFERSON COUNTY OPEN SPACE

First we will talk about the Clear Creek/Hwy 6 area just west of Golden begining just above tunnel #1.
This area is all private land which has been donated or traded to Jefferson County open space and they "allow" panning and sluicing on the open space......they do not want motors on open space.
The only place not included in the open space is a private claim on BLM land the extends 1 mile upstream from Elk creek on Clear creek.......Steer clear of this private claim unless you have permission to be there.
WARNING-This area is all very steep and parking is limited. Traffic can also be very heavy at times, use extreme caution when in this area!!

FAIRPLAY'S TOWN BEACH - PARK COUNTY - $5 FEE
Second is a wonderful spot up a bit higher in elevation but the scenery is just awesome on the ride.........The Fairplay Beach.
Town of Fairplay website Click on "forms and permits".
You will need to aquire the $5 permit from the town office on front street or use the online printable form and send it in prior to your adventure. Once you have this permit you must have it with you while you pan/sluice at the beach.
Again this is privately owned by the town of Fairplay and they "allow" panning and sluicing here. Follow their rules and you will not have any problems. Gold here historically was just amazing and the beach is very close to what the old timers used to call the "GOLD SLIDE".


ARKANSAS RIVER RECREATIONAL AREA-CHAFFEE COUNTYiNCLUDING CACHE CREEK AND POINT BAR
Third we will be heading further south and across the divide to the arkansas river area.
There is alot of public land here that is withdrawn from mineral entry. This area is also a "recreational area" which has addtional rules for some activities. Panning or sluicing fortunately is not one of those....no permits needed here.
Even though this area has been withdrawn there are still a few claims to watch out for as well as many private parcels.
To know where these many private parcels are and claims in this area, you will need to have some info/maps to help you out on the sites to assure yourself of being on the open areas you are looking for. A good map to start with would be the BLM series of "Surface/Mineral Management Status-Gunnison map" from there you can then progress to more detailed maps and pinpointing.
There are many areas intertwined along the river heading upstream (northerly) from Hwy 24 along the next 10 miles of river or so.
Then further on down south on hwy 285 from the Hwy 24 intersection, at Helca Junction (11 miles or so), there is a large stretch of public land on the river extending approximately 1.5 miles downstream from the campground and approximately 4.5 miles upstream. Again use the above mentioned map to get started and pinpoint with more detailed info from there.

If you are interested in finding out how those "details" are obtained........You may wish to check over the CP club memberships at www.coloradoprospector.com and click "membership" to the left in green.
Our main goal is to learn as a collective so we all know as much as we can......We would love to have your families participation too. biggrin.gif
Thank you to all CP club members as their participation has brought you these free panning and sluicing areas to explore!! cool.gif

Enjoy your adventures!
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Fairplay Beach is now $10/day/person


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post Jul 6 2017, 06:43 AM
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Hi Rita, thanks for the update on the Fairplay town beach panning price. I've edited the beginning post to show that increase as well. smiley-cool14.gif


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