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Gold Panning

For more information, please call the Gold Discovery Museum (530) 622-3470. 

Gold Panning lessons are being offered most days at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm 2 pm and 3 pm. Please call (530) 622-3470 for availability before arriving. Public panning is offered on a first come, first serve basis. For large groups, call (530) 622-3069 to make a reservation.


Gold panning lessons will NOT be available when the temperature is above 92 degrees.

Learn how to pan for gold by taking a 15 minute lesson with us, then spend the next half hour panning the troughs looking for garnets, fool's gold, and real gold flakes!


Fee: $10 per person.

Recreational Gold Panning

Gold Flake in a Pan

Gold panning is allowed during park hours on the east side of the river across Mount Murphy Bridge. Hands and Pans only, no other mining equipment allowed to protect historic resources in the park. Visitors will need to provide their own pan from home or can purchase one in the Marshall Gold Mercantile.    ​

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