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Old 08-29-2010, 06:46 PM
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anyone have suggestions on where to find open gold panning in south dakota/black hills area if so please post i would very much like to find where to go/thanks
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:15 PM
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I would check with the Forestry Department to get a good map of government/state land and then find out from them what the requirements are or limitations.

It's been years since I lived in the hills but we used to go up and pan but the area's were few and far between.

Good luck.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:15 PM
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One of the hottest areas, providing you are willing to do some walking, travel West out of Rapid City on Sheridan Lake Road, to the Spring Creek Trailhead. (43.985362 -103.442626). You can drive about 1 mile down to the creek to a parking area. From there begin walking West, following the Creek, crossing it several times on the trail. Many areas of shallow water, 6-12" deep. Black sand can be found on the sand bars. Some of the crossing areas are nearing 4' deep and cold! Hand Panning and digging ONLY. Nothing motorized! Fill in your holes. You should find color and an occasional small picker. Don't quit your day job until you know where, what and when! Another good area is North of Rockerville on Spring Creek. KNOW where the private property is. Don't Tresspass or work someone elses claim! They do still shoot claim jumpers even if it is 2010.
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Old 08-30-2010, 03:02 PM
Location: Sellersville - a little north of Philadelphia, PA
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Pejuta had an earlier post on this topic too ...

i am member of gpaa. im sure there are others in area. i will be camping in black hills this summer,rockhounding and prospecting. if you are member of gpaa based out of temecula,ca and have current membership card and claims permit,you will have a big book that shows where the claims of club are and can go on them. some are in rochford area and one across from lead,sd. also across from a commercial/tourist place by hwy going out of deadwood, there is a creek ive seen panners in. you can find places open to public around keystone. just ask local residents in areas you go. people can generally point the way or to someone who can help. rockhounds are usually helpful too. you can find rockhounds and clubs by internet search. good luck.
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