How Do You Pan For Gold In Alaska?
With gold prices climbing each day, gold prospecting and panning is quickly growing in popularity as an enjoyable and sometimes profitable outdoor activity. All it takes to find gold is time, effort and luck. You don’t need a permit for recreational gold panning in the national forests of Alaska as long as you use only a shovel and a pan. There are commercial gold panning sites where you can pan for gold if you have only a day or two to devote to the quest, and there are also professional prospecting and mining adventures you may wish to join if you plan to devote your time to prospecting during your stay in Alaska. Consult state geological records, maps, assay offices and locals to find areas where gold has been found in the past. There is no point in working a stream where no gold has been found before. Find a running stream with rocks and wood on the banks. Since gold is about 19 times heavier than water, the metal will stay on the bottom of the stream, and often gets caught in tiny