The 2010 version of the Department of Natural Resources rules for Gold Panning has not been posted yet on their website, but now you can download the 2009 rules from our website: http://panoramagem.com/download/goldfish2009.pdf.
Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington
Here is a list of places that might be worth investigating. Some would not make good club trips because of difficult access, but others might turn into regular spots:
- The Talisman mine above Laurier – 4×4 road but said to have interesting stuff and an incredible view.
- The volcanic pinnacles near Springdale – a geologic anomaly, also fossils near the limestone kilns in Springdale
- Beryl Crystals – I don’t know of a place where the club has gone for these that is still open but would like to find one
- Pegmatite Gems – there is a lot of slow-cooled granite up Ruby Creek and Winchester Creek – hike in exploration
- The First Thought mine area is huge, should be something worth seeing there
- The Napoleon Mine – I met a guy who knows it well. Produced iron, may have nice pyrites
- Garnets – Steve Fox is looking for a site and I have heard of others.
- The Big Iron Mine – reportedly interesting magnetite and other stuff
- The Melrose Mine north of Northport – reportedly huge opening, lead, pyrite, zinc