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
From Rick A Loveless
There are gold occurrences in Macon, Adair, Livingston, Linn, Putman, Randolph and Schuyler counties. A result of glacial deposits. Fine gold and grain sized nuggets reported from Murry Gulch, northeast of Elmer and Sand Creek in Macon County. Pannable gold has been found all along the Chariton River and its tributaries in Macon, Adair and Schuyler counties. My very first attempt at recreational prospecting was a couple hours in a very small stream somewhere south of Elmer, got 6 or 7 specks of fine gold. More info can be had by calling Ceder Creek Ranger District Route 4 Box 4023 Fulton MO 65251, (314) 642-6726
From Jordan M. Humphreys
I have found very fine glacial gold in Sand Creek just NE of Elmer, MO.; in the Salt River north of Mexico, Missouri; and in Cedar Creek just east of Englewood, Missouri.
I'm fairly certain most creeks and rivers in North Central Missouri carry some gold. Its all just specks and in small quantities...but it sure is pretty in your pan!