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Cowlitz County Washington Gold


In Section 6 T5N R1E, is the Green Mountain mine. It consisted of a small open cut and produced gold, copper, lead, silver and zinc.

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Columbia County Washington Gold


If you go south by southeast of Marengo, in the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 in section 3 T9n R41E, near the north end of the Hoffeditz farm, you will find the Hoffeditz mine. It is about 200 feet above the Columbia River and was a lode mine.

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Clark County Washington Gold

Clark County Washington

Brush Prairie

In this area of Clark County in Washington it is reported that in all black sand deposits there is placer gold.


It is reported that in the Columbia River at low water gravel bars placer gold can be found.


East of Moulton 4 miles, on the East Fork of the Lewis River, in Section 21 T4N R4E is the location of the McMunn Placer. This area produced gold and platinum. The terrace gravel deposits above the stream only produce place gold. If you go 5 miles east on the Lewis River Road, 1 mile above the McMunn Claim, The Lewis River Placer can be found. The access road is up the East Fork of the Lewis River. Gold can be found in all black sand deposits on the Lewis River.

Clallam County Washington Gold


Arch-A-Wat is located W of Neah Bay, on the Pacific Ocean. If you go south of Arch-A-Wat along the beach to between Portage Head and Point of Arches, in sections 18, 19 and 30, T32N R15W, you will find the Shi Shi Beach (Lovelace) Placer Mine. The road from Neah Bay reaches a place on the cliff above the beach where there are some productive placers. Gold, platinum, iridium and zircon can be found. 2 miles north of the mouth of the Ozette River, section 12 T31N R16W, is the location of the Ozette Beach Placer. You can access it from a trail from the Little Ozette River. Gold and Platinum can be found here. In T30N R15W at the mouth of Little Wink Creek, in the S 1/2 of the SW 1/4 section 1, is the location of the Little Wink Placers. Also near a small stream in the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 section 19, The Main and Barnes Placer Mines, which consisted of fine gold, platinum, silver, zircon. At high tide level in SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of section 18, is the Morrow Placer, consisting of flour gold. 2 miles south of Sand Point, in SW 1/4 section 18 is the Yellow Banks Placer, which consisted of gold, platinum. You can reach it by hiking along beach from Ozette River mouth or north from La Push.

La Push

North of La Push 4 miles along beach, at Johnson Point (Cape Johnson) in the NW 1/4 Section 5 T28N R15W, is the Johnson Point Placer. In the beach black sands and adjacent bench black sand deposits you can find placer gold and platinum. North of La Push 10 miles along beach, near mouth of Cedar Creek, in the E 1/2 of section 18 T29N R15W, is the Cedar Creek Placers. You can find very fine gold here. In section 19, black sand beach deposits contain gold and platinum. North on the beach 125 feet NW of the mouth of Big Wink Creek in NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 section 12 T30N R16W is the Morgan Placers.

Clallam County Washington

Port Angeles

South of Port Angeles, between Ennis Creek and the head of White Creek, on Melick Farm, in section 23 T30N R6W, is the Port Angeles Mine. This was a lode gold mine. If you go Southeast 6 miles and 3.5 miles by trail, on Cowan Creek, a tributary to the Little River, in section 6 T29N R6W, is the location of the Angeles Star Mine. This was a lode gold, copper and zinc mine.

Chelan County Washington Gold

Washington gold was discovered in Chelan County in 1860. Some of the early records are not accurate, but by best estamates Chelan County has produced around 1,565,425 ounces of gold. There were 139 lode mines and 24 placer mines in operation in this county, some still working today.

On the headwaters of Roaring (Raging) Creek, 10 miles west of mouth of Chikamin Creek, is the location of the Allen Magnesium Mine, which produced lode gold.

From the mouth of Nigger Creek, upstream about 2 miles, is the location of the Nigger Creek Placer Mine. Boy I am suprised somebody hasn’t changed the name of that creek. In section 9, T22N R17E, is the location of the Amigo Mine, which produced lode gold.

Along Railroad Creek in sections 16 and 17, T23N, R17E, is the location of the Railroad Creek Placers. In sections 36, at the mouth of Ruby Creek, is the location of the Ruby Creek Placers.

In section 19, T27N, R18E, at the mouth of Deep Creek, is the location of the Deep Creek Placer Mine..

At Horseshoe Basin, accessible from Lake Chelan by road and trail, in the N 1/2 of section 29, T35N R15E, some 13 area lead and silver mines had a by product of gold.

Chelan County Washington


The Blewett district is in the south part of the county at lat. 47 deg. 25 min. N, Long. 120 deg. 40 min. W. It had a total production of 850,900 ounces from 1860-1959. All of the listed mines were in T22N R17E. South of Blewett a few hundred feet, in the SW 1/4 section 1, is the location of the Black and White (Diamond Dick) Mine, which produced free gold with pyrite. West of that by 1,200 feet, in SE 1/4 of section 2, The Peshastin (Blewett, La Rica) Mine, which produced free gold with copper and lead minerals. North 1/4 mile from the Peshastin, on the east side of peshastin Creek, in the SW 1/4 section 1, is the Blue Bell Mine, which produced free gold in pyrite. Along Peshastin Creek, there were many early mines. 1 mile above Nigger Creek, in section 1, the Bloom Placer Mine and the Cook, Crawford, Solita and on the upper reaches of the creek, the Peshastin Creek Placer mine. All were productive. In the Culver Creek area, on the south side, in the SW 1/4 section 2, is the location of the Alta Vista (Pole Pick No. 2) Mine, was a lode gold in pyrite producer. From the head of the gulch west to and across Nigger Creek, in the NE 1/4 section 3, is the location of the Blinn Mine. In the SW 1/4 sectin 2, is the location of the Bobtail Mine. On the north side of the gulch, about 1/2 mile above its junction with Peshastin Creek, is the Gold Eagle Mine. There were many other mines in the area. Also in the adjoining Chiwawa district, there were very many other mines.


The Entiat district is in the east central part of the county, between lat. 47 deg. 40 min. and 48 deg. 00 min. N and long. 120 deg. 10 min. and 120 deg. 45 min. W. It is the largest district in the state, with 790 square miles. It had a total production of around 10,000 ounces. North along the Entiat River, you will find the Entiat placers. Northwest along the Mad River, is the Mad River Placers. In Crum Canyon, a tributary of the Entiat River, in N 1/2 section 36, T26N R20E, is the location of the Rex Mine, which was a major producer of lode gold and silver. 1.5 miles east of the Rex Mine, in SW 1/4, section 25, is the Pangborn Mine, which produced lode gold and silver. About 3 miles up the Entiat River from its mouth, near top to the ridge north of the ridge, T25N R20E, is the Cook-Galbraith Mine, produced free milling gold. If you go West by Northwest 10 miles, in T26N R20E, you will find the Savage Mine. 2 miles further up you will find the Sunset Mine. The Entiat River is said to produce gold and platinum.

Holden or Chelan Lake

The Holden district is located in the northwest part of the county on the east slope of the Cascade Range. The Chelan Lake (Holden, Railroad Creek) districts produced 514,525 ounces of gold. The Holden Mine, is located in section 18 and 19, T31N R17E. It is 13 patented and 78 unpatented claims. It was the states largest producer of gold as a by product of its copper mining.


In the Stehekin district there were many area mines. On Company Creek is the location of the Well Know Mine. At the head of Agnes Creek, is the Goericke Mine. On Maple Creek, is the Lulu Mine. On Flat Creek was the Sunset Mine.


Wenatchee district is loctated in the Southeast corner of the county and had a total production of around 190,000 ounces. On the west side of Squillchuck Creek, near center of setion 22, T22N R20E, is the Golden King Mine. It is the 10th largest lode gold mine in America. In section 3, T22N R20E, is the Wenatchee Placer Mine which was very productive.

Benton County Washington Gold

In Benton County, Washington all  low water sand and gravel bars in the Columbia River contain placer gold. On the north bank of the Columbia River in section 1, T5N, R28E and in section 6, T5N, R29E, The Berrian Island (Goody) Placer Mine, consisted of four separate operations, but was decent in production.

Benton County Washington Gold


In a deserted channel of the Columbia River, east of Alderdale by four miles, is the Artesian Coulee Placer that covers several miles of gold prospects. It can be found in section 6, T4N, R24E.


Along the Snake River, northeast of Burbank above its junction with the Columbia River, in the low water sand and gravel bars, Washington gold can be found in the form of placer desposits.


In the Columbia River, near Patterson is the location of the Blalock Island Placer Mine. It was three separate operations. Also the Gone Busted Placer is two operations, with dry land washing plant, operated from 1938-1940 for placer gold.


In SW 1/4 section 33, T9N R25E, is the location of the Prosser Mine. Just go east of Prosser three miles. The mine is located on the south side of highway, which was a lode gold producer.

Berrian Island Placer / Goody Placer

Located in Benton County Washington in Section 1, 528E, and section 6, 529E is the Berrian Island Placers ( also known as the Goody Placer) on the north banks of the Columbia River. Here you kind find fine flour gold. Here the J.G. Shotwell aggregate plant operated. Low grade concentrates were recovered. The plant last operated for six weeks in 1949.

Asotin County Washington Gold


Asotin County Washington

In Asotin County, Washington  you will find the Clarkston and Snake River Placers that were productive fine gold producers, in the sand and gravel along the Snake River bars.

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