First of all, my condolences for having to live in California. While your chances of finding gold are GREAT, sadly you will only be half as productive as possible because one hand will be tied behind your back dealing with regulatory bodies & bureaucrats.
Good Luck and get started with these resources….linked to online versions where possible…
Here are your Where to Find Gold in California starter resources, you can dig as deep as you want on equipment, locations, and methods. We hope you enjoy the great time and adventure that gold prospecting can be!
California Gold Maps
Map of California Historic Gold Mines. The California Gold Discovery to Statehood Sesquicentennial (1998-2000) Edition. Scale 1:1,500,000.
Fluvial Geomorphology and River-Gravel Mining: A Guide for Planners, Case Studies Included. 1990
California Gold Geology & Recovery
Geology of Placer Deposits. 1964.
Basic Placer Mining. 1946
To order hard copies of any publications not linked above (or any other California Geological Survey publication) go here or call 916-445-6199.
One final great nugget for finding possible forgotten sites…may give you a GREAT CHANCE FOR METAL DETECTING OLD CACHES perhaps!!
While this isn’t much, I hope this helps point you in the best direction to HELP YOU MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK! And don’t forget, if you can’t find gold close to where you live be sure to try relic/treasure prospecting for some of the same great times and rewards gold prospecting provides.
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A few articles you may find interesting:
- The Best Route Planning for Gold Prospecting (egoldprospecting.com)
- How to GPS Like A Rockstar For Free (egoldprospecting.com)