Winter Gold Blues

January 8, 2013 in: Prospecting Outings, The Wild AM

So it’s January and you have Gold Fever. Your options are:

  1. Buy some paydirt from one of the MANY online dirt vendors and get a bag of dirt that you can pan through in about 2 minutes.
  2. Get a shovel and head out to the backyard and dig in the garden which if you are in New England is frozen so what’s the point?
  3. Get in the car and head up North and find a spot on the river that is still dig-able and FIND SOME GOLD!!!

Just because it’s January does not mean that you have to put your pan in cold storage. I was up at the Wild AM a couple weeks ago and it was great. Found a spot that I had never prospected before and it was really pretty good.

So don’t let the snow and low temps fool you…winter prospecting is an adventure and is much more satisfying than watching reruns of Andy Griffith (but Andy is a close second!)

Hope to see you all up at the river this spring. Dates for BIG DIG V and LITTLE DIG IV have been set. Still need suggestions for a location for LD4.

Stay warm!

4 Responses to Winter Gold Blues

  1. william eaton says:

    My friend and I are newbees to gold panning and sluiceing.I have been on the swift in maine once and would like to go up this weekend;and wanted to find more info on where to go on the wild amosusec in bath ,nh.If possible; can we or can you contact us asap ; because it should be mild weather wise. Thankyou for your time and efforts! Wild Bill.

  2. Tom Lynch says:

    Hello. Great site. I am interested in the Lil Dig and Big Dig events this June and July. Already told the wife (actually asked really nicely) to be on board for those dates cause it would be sad to leave her for two days. Anyway…how do I officially register for the event? I will make reservations at Twin River CG as soon as I hear back from you. Thanks! Tom

    • jacobpan says:

      All you have to do is show up! There is no actual registration…it’s an open event. A bunch of years ago we decided to have a couple dates where prospectors could gather to dig and share techniques and stories. And they have become quite the events. We had about 30+ people at BIG DIG V last year.

      See you up on the river!

  3. Henry L Thibodeau says:

    I used to pan in the Northwest, Oregon, Idaho. I have not panned in Maine. but that is my home state.