Pacific County Washington Gold

Fort Canby

You can find placer gold in the black sand deposits at the mouth of the Columbia River. Also platinum is said to be contained in the sand.


Just south of Ilwaco, on island at the mouth of the Columbia River, is the location of the Sand Island Placers. It was productive for gold and Platinum.


At the mouth of the Naselle River, on the beach along Chetlo Harbor peninsula, about .5 miles from U.S. 101, is the Chetlo Harbor Mine. It had a vein 3 feet wide and 300 feet along the beach.

Ocean Park

On the area beaches in the black sand deposits, you can find very fine placer gold and platinum.