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Northern Michigan Gold Panning


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Placer gold has been found in the following counties: Alcona, Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Marquette, Manistee, Mason, Newaygo County, Oceana, Ontonagon and Wexford.  A few noteworthy areas that have reported gold finds are:

Most placer gold found throughout Michigan is very small, and not in quantities suitable for commercial extraction. Due to the low volumes, not much exploration has been done on a large scale. It is very possible for small amounts of gold to be recovered from just about any creek or river in the state if you use the proper methods to find it.

The Department of Natural Resources adopted rules aimed at making  recreational gold panning and sluicing on state land accessible to  outdoor enthusiasts.

Now, recreational gold prospectors have permission from the DNR to pan  for gold on land where both the surface and mineral rights are owned by  the state.

Gold pans, pan classifier, gold guzzler bottle, gold vials, and tweezers along with a book of instructions can be purchased online for around $25.00.  That make gold panning a very economical hobby. 

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