Gold Panning

Recreational Gold Panning

Gold panning is allowed during park hours on the east side of the river across Mount Murphy Bridge.  Hands and Pans only! No other mining equipment is allowed to protect historic resources in the park. Park visitors need to provide their own pan from home, or pans can purchased in the Marshall Gold Mercantile in the museum building.    

Gold Panning Lessons

Learn how to pan for gold by taking a 15 minute lesson with us, then spend the next half hour panning the troughs looking for garnets, fools gold, and real gold flakes!

Gold Panning lessons are being offered at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm with proper physical distancing and increased cleaning protocols between panning lessons. Space is limited and slots are given on a first come first serve basis. NO ADVANCE RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN OVER THE PHONE. YOU MUST REGISTER IN PERSON THE DAY OF.

Gold panning lessons will NOT be available when the temperature is above 92 degrees.

To learn more about our procedures to comply with state mandates please call the museum at (530) 622-3470.

Fee: $8 per person.

For more information, please call the museum at (530) 622-3470.