The places listed below are user submitted gold prospecting locations. Things change over time - these places may or may not still be open. Be sure to fill your holes, pick up your trash and don't trespass. We are losing good spots all the time.
We really need more info on this state! If you know of any other prospecting locations in this or surrounding areas, please fill out this form. What we need here are fairly specific places like "downstream from where Highway 20 crosses Dry Creek". There are lots of books that say something like "The gold belt runs through ABC & XYZ Counties" or "Gold has been found in ABC River and some of its tributaries". That really doesn't say much about where YOU can find gold, private property issues or Forest Circus rules etc. Please use this form only for suggesting fairly specific places to be added to this page where new prospectors or folks visiting from other areas have a good chance of finding gold. Thank you
The Sandy River from the town of Madrid to Philips has some colour. In addition, Nile brook which feeds into Rangley Lake has colour as well as small amounts of platinium
Last weekend my husband and I did some panning in the Swift river in Byron Maine. We got about 6 flakes of gold. It was a lot of fun and can't wait to go again.
There is some info on the Gold Fact Sheet on the Maine Geological Survey site. It's not too specific but we'll take what we can get.
From Gordon J. Gianninoto
There are four gold brooks in Maine.You can find them in the DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer. Also, Kibby Stream, Nile Brook and Berdeen Stream. Many more places exist here. Most are considered to be placer but some people think there is lode gold in Maine.
There is a line of metal in the earth that runs east north east from Linconville across Penobscot Bay, through the Blue Hill Peninsula and continues in the same direction across Maine to New Brunswick. Several metal mines were once operating on the line, notably in Castine and Blue Hill. Both are closed. Metals on the line include gold, silver, copper, lead, arsenic, tin, nickel, and even some of the rarest metals. Rather than being in extinct volcanic cones like some other mine sites, the minerals are trapped under granite ledge, basalt and other metamorphic rock in what seems to be a very long fracture zone due to either, major impact with a celestial object or movement of the tectonic plates of the earth's crust at least 500 million years ago. Recently on the line near the Canadian border a modern nickel mine was proposed and may yet be built. The width of the line varies from several miles to tens of miles.
In another part of the state, below Moosehead Lake, gold may be panned in the Swift River, having washed down in the previous spring from unknown deposits. State statute requires permission of the land owners to use the shores. Dredging is possible but strictly regulated and may shortly be banned outright.
Maine is unusual in that being an eastern state, weather has had a long time to round the hills. After the glaciers mashed and ground what was left, vegetation of the northern forest type took over the state. Combined with the action of the North Atlantic Ocean on the coast, and the present severe winters, density of vegetation inland; it may be said that most of the obvious site clues that a western prospector would expect to find are not present or easy to obtain by field work. The Maine State Museum in Augusta sells books, pamphlets and geological maps to start your search for gold. Whether by fractures or by volcanoes Maine was peppered with vents to the mineral rich core of the earth and gold is really the least of what is to be found. Rare gemstones, particulary tourmaline have been found in prodigious quantities. Ninety-nine percent of all finds in Maine are made by accident and although there is a band of metals deep underground, pockets of various valuable minerals have been found all over the state, in some cases having been carried by the glaciers from Canada. Maine has one of the smallest percentages of state lands of any state. Mineral digging is generally speaking not permitted on any state land. The largest amount of land is privately owned and the owner may or may not permit exploration for that purpose. Maine was the first state of the U.S. in which gold was found, panned out of rivers. More gold has been found in pirate treasures, shipwrecks, booty from the war of 1812 and hidden profits from international schooner trade than will be ever found by panning in this state. However, Maine is well known to rock collectors from all over the world because of the quality and variety of mineral specimens that have been discovered here.