My brother and I have been gold mining since the mid-1990s. Originally we would dredge all day and then cleanup and pan the dredge concentrates directly in the field. We found out that we were missing some of the gold by just panning in the field, so we started to save the dredging concentrates for further reclamation at the cleanup shack back home. We would still pan out in the field and remove any pickers and large flakes, but now instead of panning directly into the river, we save the concentrates. After running the secondary concentrates thru the gold wheel here is what we found:
As you can see, it really pays off to take your gold dredging concentrates home for final gold removal! We missed a lot of gold in the field!
Here’s a video describing our gold concentrates methods:
A few years back my brother and I found this little waterfall that we decided to dredge out using our 2″ dredge. We did pretty good and found stringy gold like it was near the source. Now, we decided to go back and see if over the years the flood waters have replenished the gold. So we set up the 2″ dredge. This time we added a 2nd sluice box. During a different outing we had two grains of gold that we sucked up to see if we were losing anything and yep, sure enough we were. We only recovered one of the two grains. In fact, the 2nd sluice box ended up being the only place where we found gold this time around. What a night mare; It only goes to say that testing configurations can really pay off. To see how much gold we found the 2nd time around, watch the video below.
Georgia’s mild climate means that looking for gold can pretty much be a year-round adventure. But, it’s nice to be comfortable when pursuing recreational hobbies. For Georgia’s climate that is roughly March – October. If you are going full diving then maybe a bit shorter.
All the property in Georgia where you can gold mine is on private property, so the easiest way to get started finding gold is to join a gold mining club. Mike and I are members of the Weekend Gold Miners and the GPAA. The GPAA doesn’t have much in Georgia, but they do have one site that we actually last tried in 1998! So, obviously, I don’t have a lot of information about the GPAA site(s) in Georgia. I’ve also been a member of the Weekend Gold Miners club since 1997 and I highly recommend it. Here is there contact info:
In 1909, over one hundred years ago, the very competent state geologist S.P. Jones created a map of the gold deposits in the state of Georgia. Below is a copy of the famous gold map:
This map along with the KMZ file of gold mines is a great resource for gold prospecting in Georgia. However, importing this map into google Earth isn’t as easy as importing the gold mines file, but it can be done. OK, here are the steps:
Once in google Earth, click Add –> Image Overlay. Type a name and browse to the location of the 1909 georgia gold map on your hard drive. I use about 60% transparency, so I can see what I’m doing in the next step.
This is the hard part, you need to size the map to overlay on the state of georgia by moving the Edit Image Overlay box over to the side out of the way and then using the tools superimposed on the image to move, rotate and resize to fit. I start the process, by placing the map aligned with the upper left most portion of Georgia. I then rotate and tug to get the size close. I then zoom in on the county I’m most interested in finding gold and adjusting as needed.
I can get the 1909 gold deposits map close on the county level, but if I try to scale the 1909 gold deposits map for the entire state, I can never get it quite right:
It’s not perfect, but you can move and scale the 1909 map for each county and as you can see the 1909 gold deposits map matches pretty close with the locations of the gold mines in Georgia! I hope you find this information useful! Have fun prospecting and please leave us your comments.
Finding gold is difficult! The old-timers (georgia gold rush of 1829) had a pretty good idea of where the placer and lode deposits in GA resided. So, using historical data to find gold is always a good idea. Here is a list of gold mines in the state of GA in KMZ format:
That’s it, it’s that easy to import this file into google earth and now you can see where all the gold mines in georgia were once located. Here are a couple of screenshots showing the gold mines in georgia:
This is a great tool to prospect gold in Georgia! Also, check out the Georgia gold YouTube channel for other great informational videos on how to prospect and mine gold in Georgia!
My brother and I have been gold prospecting and gold mining since 1997, so we’re not experts but we have been doing it awhile! This website is dedicated to all amateur gold prospectors in the state of Georgia and across the U.S. We’ll be sharing our adventures in the world of amateur gold prospecting along with any history or historical information we can find to help you find more gold.