Have gold mining TV shows and gold prices sparked your interest in looking for your own gold? Before you invest your money and time into equipment you should do your research. I have been prospecting gold for about eleven years and I hope my experience can help you find gold.
_ Rules? Yes, there are allot of rules for gold panning to dredging. The rules mostly protect the fish habitat. The main ones are fill in your holes, do not dig on unstable slopes and no trespassing. It is also a good idea to view and or print a copy of the Gold and Fish book. It is not required to have the book or a permit to gold prospect as long as you stay in a certain size equipment operation. To view the book and/or print it- http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/00290/wdfw00290.pdf
Any type of gold pan and a small shovel.
Sluice box, high banker, shovel and pick.
The big guns-
Finding the gold
The easiest place in Whatcom County to find gold is on the South Fork of the Nooksack River. Access spots without worrying about trespassing problems are around the fish hatchery on the Saxon RD.