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Where to Find Gold in the United States

Naturally occurring gold can be found in just about all fifty states! States with major gold finds include in alphabetical order:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Small amounts have been found in Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. That means in three out of five states, you have a reasonable chance to find a little gold! Geological reports and maps will tell you where god has been found in the past and how much. And because gold is washed down continuously over time, even areas that were "mined out" will likely have gold again.

Gold is deposited in concentrated amounts in sand or gravel bars from weathered rock (placer) and embedded in rock (lode gold). It can also be found in seawater, plant tissues and in beach sand (especially in Alaska and Oregon). Gold is six to seven times heavier than ordinary sediments which means more force is needed for water to move gold and it tends to get stuck in cracks and crevices, to settle where water flows slower, and due to gravity work its way into the bottom of sediment deposits.

GENERAL RESOURCES

ALABAMA
Gold fields occur in a belt about 100 miles long and 60 miles wide in the Piedmont Uplift. Use the Alabama Geologic Survey online for maps and database information you can download.

  • Alabama Geologic Survey: Publications, maps, and mineral information
  • IS64R: Locations where gold has been produced from seven districts in the Alabama Piedmont Province: Chulafinnee-Arbacoochee district in southern Cleburne and northern Randolph Counties; Idaho district southwest of Pyriton in west-central Clay County; Cragford district in west-central Randolph and east-central Clay Counties; Riddles Mill district in southeastern Talladega County; Goldville-Hog Mountain district in north-central Tallapoosa County; Devil's Backbone-Eagle Creek district in Tallapoosa County; Western Coosa and eastern Chilton Counties district.
  • Specific site information also available at and goldrushnuggets.com and goldfeverprospecting.com

ALASKA
There are many gold locations in Alaska you will want to use several sources:

ARIZONA

ARKANSAS
Gold has been found in the Ouachita Mountains, often in manganese stained quartz veins, in the Ouachita National Forest. These are public lands and open to non-commercial rock hounding and prospecting.

CALIFORNIA
Famous for the Gold Rush of 1849, today gold mining continues on a large scale and ranks 3rd in California's mineral production. There are many areas and parks in northern California with public gold panning. In addition there are many counties with areas of placer gold including: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Ed Dorado, Fesno, Humbolt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yuba.

COLORADO
Gold mines are primarily in the mountainous western half of the state with Telluride type ores the most important. Gold can be found in placers many rivers and in mine dumps.

CONNECTICUT
Source is glacial with some streams in the northwestern portion of the state having produced gold.

FLORIDA

  • Florida Geological Survey: Geologic maps and data
  • Lake City: At Gold and Gem, 2939 216th St. Lake City, Fl. 32024, PH: (386) 935-2048

GEORGIA
Most of Georgia's gold deposits have been found in the Dahlonega Gold Belt in the northern Piedmont of Georgia extending across the northern portion of the state from Alabama to South Carolina.

IDAHO
Found as placer and lode deposits.

ILLINOIS
Gold is found in areas with glacial drift deposits that eroded into streams

INDIANA
Gold occurrences come from Pleistocene glacial movements that deposited gold in varying amount in the glacial moraines; panning of glacier deposits in streams can  produce small amounts of gold.

IOWA
Placer gold was deposited primarily due to glaciations when the Des Moines Lobe was formed.

KENTUCKY
"It is remotely possible that minute, noncommercial amounts of gold could be found in glacial outwash deposits along the Ohio River Valley. Some gold has been recovered from glacial debris in southern Ohio near the Kentucky border. If this gold exists in Kentucky, it was derived from sediments in the northeastern part of the United States" (from KGS Gold and Silver page at uky.edu)

MAINE

MARYLAND
Gold and quartz found though much of the Piedmont Plateau, you can pan gold in the Piedmont Stream gravels but know all land is privately owned and requires owner permission.

MASSACHUSETTS
Gold occurs as result of glacial deposits in some streams.

MICHIGAN

MINNESOTA
Gold occurs as result of glacial deposits in some streams.

MISSISSIPPI
Bench gravels in Silver and Bear Creeks (Warren County) reported to contain small amounts of gold.

MISSOURI
Left in small amounts from Iowa glacial drift mainly in Missouri's northern counties

MONTANNA
Over half of Montana's gold production is as a by product from large copper mines. Placer ground is prominent on eastern slopes of Elkhorn Mountains in  in Broadwater County.

NEVADA
Nevada is the number one gold producing state in the US and gold can be found in every county. Because it is so arid, prospecting is done by metal detector and drywashers primarily.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Gold has been identified in placer deposits, quartz veins, and in metamorphosed conglomerate, especially the Clough Formation in the western side of the state.

NEW MEXICO
Most promising sites are placer gravel deposits that have eroded from known lode mines.

NORTH CAROLINA
Both Placer and lodes have been discovered but most are on private property and require owner permission.

OHIO

OKLAHOMA

OREGON
Northeastern and Southwestern corners of the state are better places to look. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Fisheries Surface (NFS) offer several areas that are "claim free" and open to recreational gold prospecting.

PENNSYLVANIA
Placer gold was discovered in southeastern Pennsylvania in 1978. Flour gold (gold grains the size of flour) has been verified in the glaciated areas of Pennsylvania. Outside the glaciated areas, colors are found in the region of Pennsylvania east of Interstate Route 81 and south of U.S. Route 30.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Gold mining, prospecting and panning areas are in the northwest quadrant and of similar origin to the Slate Belt in North Carolina. Streams, creeks, benches, and terraces throughout the belt can produce placer gold along with areas around mines.

SOUTH DAKOTA
The Black Hills is one of the world’s richest gold metallogenic provinces and the variety of gold deposit types is unique. These include gold-uranium quartz pebble conglomerate deposits of early Proterozoic age, iron-formation-hosted and quartz vein gold deposits of middle Proterozoic age, paleoplacer gold in basal conglomerates of Cambrian age, early Tertiary epithermal igneous-hosted and sediment-hosted gold-silver deposits, and recent gold placer deposits.

TENNESSEE
Gold in Tennessee is largely found in a narrow belt along the North Carolina border. Placer deposits along Coker Creek and areas in Cherokee National Forest appeal to recreational prospectors.

TEXAS
The Llano Uplift forms part of the Hill Country near Llano (lay-no) and consists of igneous and metamorphic rocks of Precambrian age and has become known as the "Central Mineral Region."  Placer gold has been found in creeks and rivers draining the area especially the Llano River.

UTAH
Utah's gold concentrations generally line in the central part of the state in a north to south zone.

VERMONT
Hand panning allowed on private land with landowner permission, on state land, and on State or Federal land, no permit is required. There is no closed season for hand panning.

VIRGINIA
The primary gold bearing area is in a belt that is about 15 miles wide and 200 miles long just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

WASHINGTON

  1. Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  2. Bulletin 37: Inventory of Washington Minerals
  3. Placer Gold Mining in Washington
  4. Recreational Gold Panning
  5. Mineral Prospecting and Placer Mining: Gold and Fish Pamphlet

WEST VIRGINIA
There has been no native gold or native silver recognized to date in West Virginia,

WISCONSIN
Gold in small amounts can probably be found in placers in any county. Wisconsin glacial sediments contain small amounts of gold, and most of Wisconsin streams are reworking some glacial sediment.

WYOMING
Gold and has been mined from primary deposits in Precambrian rocks exposed in the cores of Wyoming’s mountain uplifts and in some Tertiary volcanic and intrusive rocks along with placer deposits concentrated by weathering and erosion of primary occurrences.