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 Mark Northcutt
My friend Larry and I have very-good luck on the Raging River, Seattle, WA. We have found only one nugget but remain hooked. As we allways find at least half a gram each day we go. The best directions are as follows: From Seattle, go east on I-90 to Highway 18 exit (D.O.T.Scales). Proceed south aprox. 2 Mi. Parking is in chain-up area for Tiger Mtn. Pass. Follow powerlines in a west to ne direction for about 5 to 10 min. and you're there! The river is ankle to waste deep with two or three holes for fishing. This is a no-shooting zone! The wildlife is abundant so tread lightly. The river is always workable - 900 ft elev. Always check, this is a regulated mining area but no dredging allowed - truly a sluicers-dream! Danger - bears & cougers do live here but I've yet to have any trouble with them and I"ve panned this area 37+ years. No poison snakes though!
Michael A. Lindelof
Swauk Creek, Kittitas County
Some spots along Swauk Creek that are open for prospecting are where Williams Creek runs into Swauk near the Hwy. 97 and Liberty Rd intersection. This is at the base of Blewett Pass in Kittitas County north of Cle Elum, WA. This area I know is good for finding "Color" although some nuggets have been found.
A couple other areas to try may be found at the Washington Gold Connection