Gold Panning

Geologists estimate that in spite of the enormous amount of gold that was discovered and extracted during the California Gold Rush days, there is as much as 80 percent of the 1849 mother load remaining underground. Modern day Nevada County gold panners range from those who are happy to find a flake or two while enjoying an afternoon on the river to a cache of experienced diehards intent on striking it rich. Ranger-lead gold panning tours are available at South Yuba River State Park, which features the longest single-span covered bridge in existence. The tiny town of Washington, East of Nevada City, is also a popular gold panning area (information sheets are available at Tahoe National Forest, 631 Coyote St., Nevada City, Ca. 95959, (530)-426-3609. Additionally, the Penn Valley’s Lifetime Ranch offers “treasures in bag,” gold panning and gem hunting weekend programs for young and old. Serious miners should contact the Bureau of Land Management in El Dorado Hills for more detailed information, (916)-941-3101.

South Yuba River Park Adventures

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An Independent Web Site Dedicated to Enjoyment of the South Yuba…

South Yuba River Park Association

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Come discover the many faces of the South Yuba River. Wander…

17660 Pleasant Valley Rd.,
Penn Valley CA 95946

South Yuba River State Park

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The South Yuba River State Park contains several parcels of land…

Treasures in a Bag

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Located on 16 beautiful oak studded acres in the Nevada County’s…

17860 Cattle Drive,
Rough & Ready, CA 95975

Truckee River Regional Park

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Picnic Areas Nature and River Trails "Salty" Gebhart Amphitheater Disc…