Washington Gold

Okanogan County Washington Gold

Okanogan County Washington Gold

Okanogan county is a large and remote county that offers an abundance of potential for the recreational prospector. Placer gold was discovered in this county in 1859 on the Similkameen River. The lode mines soon followed near Conconully in 1871. The total production recored for this county was around 100,000 ounces, but many ounces were not recored.


East of Bridgeport, on the north side of the Columbia River, in the NW 1/4 of section 10 T29N R25E, is the Shotwell Placer Mine. This was a very large placer area, that produced fine gold from terrace gravels around 100 feet above the river.


Northeast of Carlton 3.5 miles up Leecher Creek, in the NW 1/4 section 23 T32N R22E, is the Minnie Mine. It consisted of 4 claims for lode gold with silver and zinc in a pyrite ore.


In the Myers Creek District, T40N R30E, there was a total production of around 10,000 ounces, between 1888 and 1959. Near the center of the NW 1/4 section 21, is the Eagle Mine, which was a major lode gold producer. Near the center of the W 1/2 of section 35, is the Crystall Butte Mine. This mine consisted of 6 claims that produced lead, silver and zinc with a by product of gold. In the SW 1/4 section 16, is the Reco Mine. In sections 21 and 22, is the Chesaw Mine, which used open cuts to mine lode gold. On Mary Ann Creek, the Mary Ann Creek Placer, 14 claims, gold from surface to bedrock in this area. In SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 section 11 T40N R29E, is the Poland China Mine, 11 claims for lode gold. On Deadman Creek, is the Deadman Creek Placer mine which produced gold from creek bedrock all the way up to 250 feet above the stream in terrace gravels. This is said to be a rich creek.

Colville Indian Agency

West along the Columbia River, near Katar, is the Gold Bar Placer. It was said to be very productive. In seciton 11 T30N R28E, is the Murray Placer, it was intermittantly worked until 1950′s. Along the Nespelem river, the Nespelem Placer Mine was also productive.


One mile below Conconully on the Salmon River, is the Ballard Placer Mine. On the north side of Sinlahekin Creek, near the NE corner of section 20 T37N R25E, is the Okanogan Copper Mine, which can be accessed by a trail. It produced lode gold and copper.


Just north of Gilbert, in section 11 T34N R18E is the Pay Day Mine. It produced lode gold along with copper and silver.


A half mile nort of Loomis, in NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of section 1 T38N R25E, is the location of the Palmer Mountain Tunnel. It consisted of 56 base metal claims with a by product of gold. Take the road to old Ghost town of Golden, West .5 miles, in NE 1/4 section 10 T39N R26E, is the Triune Mine, which produced lode gold, copper, lead and silver. North of Loomis 3 miles on Palmer Lake Road, in SW 1/4 section 19 R39N R26E, is the Pinnacle Mine. If you go North to Palmer Lake, on Palmer Mountain, in NE 1/4 section 36 T39N R25E, is the Black Bear Mine and on the west slope of Palmer Mountain is the Bunker Hill mine, which was a very rich lode mine. Near the SW corner of section 19 T39N R26E, is the Leadville Mine and half mile to the east, i the N 1/2 of section 6, is the Empire Mine. Between Palmer Mountain and Wannacut Lake, in the NE 1/4 section 22 T39N R26E, is the Rainbow Mine, which produced free milling gold with pyrite. In the SW part of section 33 T40N R26E, is the Bullfrog Mine. West of the Bullfrog, by 3 miles, in section 5 T38N R25E, is the Gold Hill Mine. In the Chopaka area, in the SW 1/4 section 32 T40N R25E, you will find the Gold Crown Mine. There are many mines in this area.


East of Malott by 3 miles in S 1/2 of NW 1/4 os section 22 T32N R25E, is the Rustler Mine. It produced lode gold and molybdenum.


Northwest of Mazama 3 miles in the SE 1/4 section 14 T36N R19E, is the Mazama Queen Mine. It had a 5 stamp mill on site. In T36N R20E, half mile north of Mazama, in the N 1/2 of section 30, is the Mazama Pride Mine. One Mile northeast of town, on cliff in SE 1/4 section 30, is the American Flag Mine. It is reached 1.5 mile by road or .5 mile by trail. Near the NW corner os section 30, is the Gold Key Mine. Five miles from town on the Goat Creek Road, is the Imperial Mine, in the NW 1/4 section 16 and the Rosalind Mine in the N 1/2 of section 17.


The Methow district, 9 miles above the mouth of the Methow River, produced around 17,000 ounces of gold. Most of the gold was produced between 1932 and 1959. On the northeast slope of Hunter Mountain, in the E 1/2 sections 12 and 13 and the W 1/2 sections 7 and 18 T30N R22E, is the Methow Mine. Quarter mile east of the Methow River in SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 section 18 T30N R23E, is the Roosevelt Mine. On the South fork of Gold Creek, in section 25 T31N R21E, is the Bolinger Mine.


Nighthawk is northwest of Oroville and 2 miles South of Canada. At the base of Mount Chopaka, near the SE corner of section 7 T40N R25E, is the Golden Zone Mine.


Around 25,000 ounces of placer gold was produced in the Oroville district. Along the Similkameen River in river bars and terrace gravels placer gold is found in abundance. Several nice nuggets have been produced.

Park City

North of Park City 1.5 miles on Strawberry Creek, in S 1/2 section 35, T34N R31E, is the Crounse Placer. It was very productive.


In SW 1/4 section 20 T30N R23E, is the Friday Mine on Methow Creek. Near headwaters of Squaw Creek, on north side of valley near NE corner section 17, T30N R22E, is the Chelan Mine. Northwest of Pateros by 5 miles on the east side of the Methow River, is the Sullivan Mine.


Out of Twisp 4 miles in S 1/2 of section 13 and the N 1/2 os section 24 T33N R21E, is the Twisp View Mine. In sections 25, 26, 35 and 36 is the Alder Mine. In the SE 1/4 section 18 T33N R22E, is the Rattlesnake Mine. On the lowere west slope of Pole Pick Hill, in SE 1/4 section 18 T33N R23E, is the Red shirt Mine.

Lincoln County Washington Gold

Lincoln County Washington Gold

The area along the Columbia River from the Grand Coulee Dam to Lincoln, in all low water river gravel bars and upper terrace gravels contain placer gold. It is usually very fine, but abundant. On the east side of the Columbia River in sections 12 and 13 T27N R35E, is the location of the China Bar Placer Mine. It consisted of 260 acres and was worked on terrace and river gravels. At the SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of section 8 T28N R33E, is the location of the Clark Placer Mine. It was very productive and extensively worked in the late 1930′s. Opposite the mouth of the Sanpoil River, in the east 1/2 of section 8, is the Keller Ferry Placer mine, it is said to have abundant fine gold. I the south 1/2 of section 9, is the Winkelman Bar Placer and it too had fine gold reported in abundant quantities.

Creston Ferry

Creston Ferry is located in section 2 of T27N R34E and The Creston Ferry Placer was working a river bench deposit, before 1910. This area is said to be rich with very fine micron placer gold.


A few miles above Sanpoil is the Hell Gate and Peach Bars. They contain very fine placer gold deposits. Northeast of Davenport about 10 miles, in Mill Canyon , is the Iron Crown Mine, It was 5 claims of lode gold with copper. North of Davenport 20 miles, in steep valley on the northwest side of Pitney Butte, in the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of section 32 T28N R37E, is the location of the Fouress Mine. It was 5 claims that were primarily for copper, lead, silver and zinc, but had a by product of gold.

Grand Coulee Dam

The Grand Coulee Dam is in Ferry County, but if you go east 15 miles to Lincoln county you will find the Latta and Phillips placers. They worked the terrace gravels for placer gold.


East of the Grand Coulee, .5 miles below ferry at Swawilla, in section 7 T28N R33E, is the Barnell Placer Mine. In 1938 it produced from $300 to $400 a week when gold was $20 an ounce.

Lewis County Washington Gold

Lewis County Washington Gold

Here are a couple of areas to search for Lewis County Washington gold:

1.5 miles above Longmire, on the western slope of Eagle Mountain, near the NW corner of section 27 T15N R8E, is the Eagle Peak Mine. This was a copper mine that produced a by product of gold.

On Mineral Creek, you can find the Waterfall Mine. It produced lode gold, with lead and silver. On the South fork of Mineral Creek, is the Tacoma lode gold mine.

Kittitas County Washington Gold

Kittitas County Washington Gold

The gold producing areas in Kittitas County are close to the town of Republic. Most of the county had small production amounts, but there were many lode and placer mines in the county. The placer gold in this county is mostly fine, but large nuggets have been found. Around 40,000 ounces was all that has been reported, but record keeping in the county has been poor.

Cle Elum
Along the Cle Elum River, near town, the Cle Elum Placer was very productive. From the head waters to about halfway down to the mouth is best. On Mammoth Mountain, you will find the Broncho Mine. It was a lode gold mine. East of Eagle Mountain, is the location of the Mammoth Mine, it had a by product of gold. On Fortune Creek is the location of the Queen of the Hills and Ruby Mines. The Queen of the Hills was a lode gold mine, but the Ruby Mine produced primarily antimony, copper, lead, silver with a by product of gold. In township 23 N, range 14 E is the location of the Silver Bell Mine. It was located in Stevens Gulch. In Section 12 of the township is the Silver Creek Mine. On Hawkins Mountain, near the southwest corner of section 24 is the Cle Elum Mine and nearby is the Cascade Mine. All produced lode gold, silver with some lead. In the NW 1/4 section 25 is the Maude O. Mine, which produced free gold in pyrite. In the south 1/2 of section 244 and the northeast 1/4 of sec 25 is the Ida Elmore Mine.

In the Liberty area you will find the Black Jack and Sunflower Placers, which were very productive. At township 20N, range 17E, section 1 there are a few mines. In the SW 1/4, The Old Bigney Placer will be found. In the N 1/2, the Ewell (Flag Mountain) Mine, Stamp mill produced lode gold. Along Williams Creek, near town and at the junction with Swauk Creek, is the location of the Williams Creek Placer. It had good pay gravel within 4 foot of bedrock and 70-80 feet below present stream level. About 3/4 mile up Williams Creek, in section 2, is the location of the Ollie Jordan Mine. This mine had rich, erratic pockets of free and wire gold. In the Cougar Gulch area in T21N R4E, 4 mile up gulch, in SE1/4 of SW1/4 of section 26 is the Cascade Chief Mine which produced free milling gold. 5 1/2 miles up the gulch (1 1/2 miles by trail), in section 30, the Wall Street Mine, consisted of 3 claims for lode gold. All bed and bench bars in Cougar Gulch, below the mines you can find abundant gold colors.

Out of Ronald by 20 miles to just north of Camp Creek, on the line between sections 25 and 26 of T23N R14E, is the location of the Camp Creek Mine. This mine consisted of 4 claims of lead, silver, zinc and by product of gold. 24 miles out by road and trail on the east side of the Cle Elum River, in sections 26 and 27 of T24N R14E, is the Aurora (Lynch, Paramount) Mine. It consisted of 16 claims producing free milling gold with copper and silver. West of The Aurora, on Eagle Mountain, is the location of the American Eagle Mine and the nearby Boss Mine. Both were lode gold mines with by product silver.

On Red Mountain, near Thorp, is The Thorp Mine, which produced lode gold and silver.

North of Virden, between Latitude 47 deg. 14 min. and 47 deg. 16 min. N, Longitude 120 deg. 28 min. and 120 deg. 42 min. W, is the Swauk district, which had a total production of 7,141 ounces of lode gold and 4,972 ounces of placer gold between 1868 and 1959. In the area around the Blewett Pass Highway, is the Gold Reef Mine, which produced lode gold and silver. At T20N, R17E, at the junction of Boulder and Williams Creek, in section 1, is the Boulder Creek Placer. It is said that the pay dirt on bedrock in this area is very good. On the East Fork of Williams Creek, the Gold Leaf Mine produced free gold, sometimes found in beautiful octohedral crystals. On Snowshoe Ridge, in section 2, is the location of the Clarence Jordan Mine. This mine consisted of 3 claims which produced gold and silver. In the NE 1/4 of section 3, is the Cedar Creek Placer. In sections 3 and 10 is the Swauk Mining and Dredging Placer, which was a very productive large scale operation. In section 10 is the Bryant (Deer Gulch) Placer. In the NE 1/4, the Burcham Placer is found and in the SE 1/4 is the Dennett Placer, all of which were productive. Along Baker Creek, above its junction with Swauk Creek, is the Baker Creek Placer. In the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 section 13, T21N R17E is the Golden Fleece (Mercer, T-Bone) Mine. It consisted of 3 claims, mill which produced free milling gold, silver and pyrite. In section 33 is the Bear Cat Placer, which was productive. In the NE 1/4 section 15 is the Sylvanite Mine, which produced free milling gold. Near the head of Swauk Creek, in section 8, T21N R18E, is the Zerwekh (Big Z) mine, which produced free gold.

The Liberty Mining District in the Central Cascades of Washington State has consistently produced gold. The first discovery was in the late 1800′s, and over the years the area has seen everything from hard rock mining to bucket line dredges. Currently removed from active claiming, the area is open to anyone who wants to give prospecting a try. The area starts at the bridge on highway 97 over Swauk Creek just south of the Liberty turnoff and is open almost up to the pass. Any part of the creek within 200 feet of the highway has been removed from mineral entry and is open for panning, sluicing, dredging and highbanking. Permits are required however for any movement of material by mechanical means. (i.e. dredge and highbanker) Permits are available from the State offices in Olympia. The area is known for its “Wire Gold”, but the finds today are rather small specimens. Mostly, the finds range from specks to small nuggets, especially since we had a couple of floods over the last few winters that moved new material into the streambeds. However there are still a few rare, large nuggets found that weigh in ounces rather than dwt.

King County Washington Gold

King County Washington Gold

There is a history of some 99 lode mines and 4 placer operations in King County, Washington. This area is primarily a lode gold area, but who knows, maybe you will get lucky.


Baring is located in the north central part of the county and has some history of placer and lode mining. West to the Tolt River in the SE 1/4 section 29 T26N R8E, is the location of the Tolt River Placer. It is reported that in this location you can find fine gold in the top 24″ of river bar material. In section 15 T26N R10E, is the Yellow Jacket Mine. It consisted of 10 claims that produced gold and silver. Southwest of Baring you can find the Climax claims that produced a by product of gold with silver in chalocopyrite.


In section 6 T19N R8E, is the location of the White River Mine and stamp mill. It was operated in 1890 for lode gold.


Grotto is located in the northeast corner of the county. In sections 29, 30 and 31 of T26N R11E is the location of the Money Creek district. The Aaron lode gold mine is located here. In sections 20 and 29, in the stream gravels of Money Creek is the Money Creek Placer Mine. Near the headwaters of Money Creek, in SW 1/4 section 34 T26N R10E, in the Miller River District, is many old mines. The Apex Mine produced gold, copper, lead and sliver. Close by the Apex, in section 33 are the Damon and Pythias Mines, which produced lode gold with lead and copper. In section 30 T26N R11E, is the Bergeson Mine, which produced gold from arsenopyrite ore. In sections 31 and 32, 2 miles from Money Creek, is the Kimball Mine. It produced Lode gold, with antimony and silver. Eight miles up the Miller River from its mouth and 2 miles by trial, in section 13 T25N R10E, is the Coney Basin Mine. It consisted of 14 claims that produced gold as a by product of its copper, lead, silver and zinc mining.

North Bend
Gold is found along much of the length of the North Fork of the Snoqualmi River. Half mile up Illinois creek in sections 8 and 9 T25N R10E, is the Beaverdale Mine. The Rushing Mine is 6 claims that produced lode gold in the same area. In the Buena Vista district, in section 7 and 18, is the Lennox Mine. It was 45 claims, with bunkhouse, mess hall and stamp mill. Two miles by trail from the North Fork of the Snoqualmi River and about 3.5 miles above the Lennox River, in sections 9 and 10, is the Luck Strike Mine, which produced lode gold, silver and copper. Near the head of the North fork of the Snoqualmi River, in NW 1/4 section 4, is the Monte Carlo Mine. It consisted of 13 claims that produced lode gold and silver. East of there on a dirt road to the Taylor River district, in section 16 T24N R10E, is the Rainy Mine. Near Snoqualmi Pass, on the South fork of the Snoqualmi River, in sections 7 and 8 T22N R11E, is the Carmack Mine. It consisted of 5 claims that produced gold, copper, lead and silver.

West by Northwest, along the Snoqualmi River, in bars and bench gravels is where the Snoqualmi River Placer was operated. If you to North by Northeast, along the Raging River, in the gravel bars you can also find placer gold.

Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie
The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River is also called the Taylor River, it is located East of North Bend Washington off of I-90, you access the area by taking exit 34 and proceed North, the road along the river is dirt but well maintained. Watch for gravel bars, I have panned this river with good success in placer gold, also small nuggets have been found.

Jefferson County Washington Gold

Jefferson Couny Washington


In E 1/2 of NE 1/4 section 31 T26N R13W north of Kalaloch to Ruby Beach, on Tombolo between Abbey Island and Ruby Beach, in the deposits of black sand you may be able to find some very fine gold.


The Rustler Mine composed of five hardrock claims is located in section 31 T25N R7W. It is a lode mine that produced gold in it’s quartz veins surrounded by slate. You can find it northeast of Quinault approx. 22.5 miles by dirt road. Take the trail another 1.5 miles and you will find Rustler Creek.

Grays Harbor County Washington Gold

In Grays Harbor County look for gold in black beach sands in the areas of Oyhut and Cow Point, near Moclips.

Grays Harbor County Washington

Grant County Washington Gold

Grant County Washington

Electric City

East of Electric City by .5 miles, in section 14 T28N R30E at the foot of the east wall of Grand Coolee, is the location of The Electric City Mine. It was a beryllium, bismuth, molybdenum and silver mine that had a by-product of a small amount of gold. In the southwest corner of section 14, in floor of Grande Coolee, is the Hope No. 1 Mine.


In section 22 R18N T23E, southeast of George, to the Columbia River, in the gravel and terrace along the Columbia River you can find placer gold.

Priest Rapids

In sections 10 and 11 T13N R24E, in the far southwest corner of Grant county, near toll bridge junction of route 24 and 243, is the Chinaman’s Bar Placers. The river gravels yield placer gold.

Ferry County Washington Gold

From 1896 until 1959 Ferry County produced a minimum of 839,000 ounces of gold. Most of that came from the Republic district, with about 6,000 ounces coming from the Danville District and Columbia River Placer Mines. From 1904 until 1928 Ferry County lead Washington in total production of gold. There were 164 lode mines and 35 placer mines in Ferry County.


South of Aeneas, to Lyman Lake, is where you will find the Crown Point Mine. It was a very productive lode gold mine.


13 miles northeast of Republic is Belcher district. Northeast of Belcher 1 mile, you will find the Belcher Mine. It produced lode gold, copper, and iron. 1 mile west of that, in section 31 T38N R34E, you will find the Winnipeg Mine. It was a lode gold, copper and iron mine. Near the center of the E 1/2 of section 18, is the Pin Money Mine, which produced gold, silver, copper, nickel and cobalt. In the NE 1/4 of section 6, is the Hawkeye Mine, it produced gold, copper, silver and iron.


Near the mouth of Stray Dog Creek, in section 12 T31N R36E, is the Blue Bar Placer mine in the Columbia River. It is annually renewed with flour gold. On the Columbia River 2 miles above the Blue Bar, near Turtle Rapids, is the Turtle Rapids Placer Mine. It consisted of a terrace 60 feet above highwater line for several miles along the Columbia River. The paystreak was several inches thick and was worked by Chinese Miners. East of that in section 6 T31N R37E, on a Columbia River Bar, is the Thompson Placer Mine.


Curlew is located northeast of Republic. Near the N 1/4 section 6 T39N R34E is the Panama Mine. This produced lode gold, with silver, copper, lead and zinc.


On Big Goosmus Creek, is the Goosmus Creek Placer Mine. It was very productive along a narrow creek bottom. South of that 3 miles, is the Danville Mine, it was a rich lode mine. On the east side of Kettle Creek, in SW 1/4 section 16 T40N R34E, is the Morning Star Mine. It consisted of 10 claims, producing gold, pyrite, copper and tungsten.


Near Gerome, on the North Bank of the Columbia River, in section 4 T29N R36E, is the Wilmont Bar Placer. It consisted of 2 terraces 20 feet and 100 feet above the river. It had abundant placer gold, cerium and thorium.

Grand Coulee Dam

6 miles upriver from the Grand Coulee Dam, on the north side, in section 17 T28N R32E, is the plum Bar Placer. It was worked heavily in 1938-39.


From Hunters down the Columbia River 2 miles, on the west bank, in section 23 T30N R36E is the location of the Rogers Bar Placer. It consisted of 1,500 acres and 3.5 mile long. There were rich terraces 30, 75 and 100 feet above the river. In the area all low water bars contain placer gold and platinum.


East of Keller, to the Columbia River, via dirt road, near the mouth of Ninemile Creek, probably in section 16 T29N R25E, is the location of the Ninemile Placer. The terrace deposits 30 and 100 feet above the river produced well. The paystreak in each lever 1-3 feet thick produced flake gold. The Chinese Miners worked this in the early days. Southeast to the Columbia River on a road 3 miles above the mouth of the Spokane River, in section 11 T25N R35E, is the Threemile Placer. It produced flour gold and large very thin flakes. At the mouth of Sixmile Creek, 6 miles above the Spokane River, in section 34, is the Sixmile placer, which produced flour and flake gold.

Ferry County Washington


North of Meteor 3 miles, in the NW 1/4 section 5 T32N R36E, is the Gold Twenty Mine. It was a lode gold mine that also produced lead and silver.


Along the Columbia River, between the mouths of the Nespelem and Kettle rivers to the south and east of Grand Coulee Dam, there is gold in all bars and terrace gravels.


Opposite Peach, on the north side of the Columbia River, in section 15 and 16 T27N R35E, is the Kirby Bar Placers. Between town and the mouth of the Spokane River, the Large Island in the Columbia River, is the Peach Island Placer Mine. It had very productive gravel.


The Republic district, which is 25 miles south of Canada, is the most consistent gold producer in Washington State. It had a total recorded production of 836,393 gold ounces from 1896-1959. SW of Republic .5 miles, is the Republic Mine. It consisted of 13 patented claims that produced lode gold, silver and selenium. A half mile out further, in S 1/2 of SW 1/4 of section 34 T37N R32E, is the Morning Glory Mine. Southwest 1 mile near the base of the east slope of Copper Mountain, near Center of section 12 T36N R32E, is the Princess Maude Mine. In Section 4, the Alva Stout Placer Mine is located. Northwest 1 mile near the west line of NW 1/4 section 35 T37N R32E is the Insurgent Mine and adjoining on the east, the Lone Pine Mine. The Last Chance Mine is close by. On the east side of Eureka Gulch, near SW 1/4 section 35, is the Quilp Mine. Northwest 2 miles on west side of Eureka Gulch, on line between sections 34 and 27 T37N R32E, is the Ben-Hur Mines, which were all lode mines. In the same area is the Day Mine, which had 92 patented claims. At the head of Eureka Gulch in the W 1/2 of SE 1/4 of section 27, is the Knob Hill Mine, which was 13 patented claims. In 1960 the Knob Hill Mine was the most productive mine in America.

Douglas County Washington Gold

Columbia River

The Columbia River Placer is located in the far southwest corner of the county.

Douglas County Washington

Stevenson’s Ferry

Stevenson’s Ferry is a Columbia River landmark, it is also the location of the Trouble Placer Mine, which had some rich local occurances of placer gold.

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