Gold Panning

Gold Panning lessons are being offered at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm with proper physical distancing and increased cleaning protocols between panning lessons. Space is limited and slots are given on a first come first serve basis. Gold panning lessons will NOT be available when the temperature is above 92 degrees.


To learn more about our procedures to comply with state mandates please call the museum at (530) 622-3470.

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, fools gold, and real gold flakes!


Fee: $8 per person.

Lessons are typically held on the hour from 10am to 4pm, but call the Gold Discovery Museum for today's current schedule: (530) 622-3470. 

Recreational Gold Panning

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 Gold Rush Mercantile.    ​


Dennis Amaral (President)
Bill Bennett (Secretary)
Gale Nored (Treasurer)

Brenda Carroll

Dick Williams

Mike Judd

Judy Bryant


Non Officers:
Maureen Brown (Operations Manager)

Gold Discovery Park Association
P.O. Box 461
Coloma, CA 95613


General Questions

(530) 622-3470

Gold Discovery Park Association

(530) 622-6198 

Gold Rush Mercantile
Hours 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily

(530) 344-1895

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