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
Gilbert creek between Menomonie and Spring Valley produces flour gold in small amounts.
From Matt Brennan "Little Flake"
Hi! I thought I'd add what I know about gold in Wisconsin. I'm a MN resident, anxiously searching my state for any gold sites to ply. I have been going over the border - eastern Wisconsin this summer. The original tip comes from the GPAA handbook, but I also saw it somewhere on the web. Plum creek is about 15 miles from Ellesworth WI. People are allowed to prospect at the Nugget Lake County Park. The only catch is that they tell me that we are not allowed to take anything out of the park. ( The worker told me not to worry, though, and even told me where others have gone in the past).
Directions: From Prescott, WI (border of WI, MN), take Hwy 10 east thru Ellesworth, continue on hwy 10 app. 15 miles to county road CC. (Sign to Nugget lake is visible). Turn left (North) on CC. Watch for the sign to Nugget lake in about five miles - turn right - take the next right app. 2 miles, and it's the first right into the park. It's $3.00 to park. Tip: after the pay station, drive down hill - park at bottom of hill (on the grass). You'll see a walking bridge over the creek. I've found gold from the bridge and upstream - I believe there's gold all the way upstream, and people may be able to find other locations upstream. I have only panned, and get a tiny flake in nearly every pan. I have found my glory hole that has 5 - 10 tiny flakes per pan - hint: grassy islands with long grass in water slows water down. Note: Tiny means that most flakes cannot be picked up with tweezers.
I don't know if a dredge would be a good idea in the Park, but if you find another location, you could probably do o.k. to pretty well. The area did support some commercial mining in the 1800's.
Keep an eye open for diamonds!
I have yet to find one, but I'm keeping my cons for closer inspection!