The first thing people think of when they think about California is gold panning. While there are a few places to gold pan in the Bay Area, to really get an authentic experience like the one 49ers had in the 1850s is to go to the Sierra foothills for gold panning.
The first stop is Columbia State Historic Park. It has Gold Rush days which are the second Saturday of each month from 1-4pm. There are hands-on activities, programs, and special exhibits for all ages.
You really feel like a 49er panning for gold. Not much further away is Jamestown Gold Panning. Located in the heart of the Gold Country, this area hasn’t lost its charm. People still participate in gold panning hoping to get a big chunk of gold. This area has been under private ownership for 100 years and hasn’t been commercialized.
Take your chances on at Woods Creek to see if you can get lucky! Jamestown
Gold Panning uses sluicing which is “the use of a sluice box in a creek, stream, or river that separates the gold from the gravels. The sluice box has riffles that catch the gold. “They are open daily from 9am to 5pm.
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