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Is it possible to find gold in the willamette river

Postby gary482 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:50 am

Is it possible to find gold in the willamette river near sellwood or somewhere in sw portland
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Re: Is it possible to find gold in the willamette river

Postby Umpqua_E on Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:22 am

Probably, yes.....it has to be there, but the overburden will usually be extreme (beyond possible, even for industrial equipment).

But, you might find the finest flour, i.e., beach gold. Look for areas where the river is, or was at some point, sorting aggressively (gravel bars in areas where only big rocks have been left behind).
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Re: Is it possible to find gold in the willamette river

Postby vaughn on Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:18 pm

I wonder if theres any gold where the river runs through the Ducks Campus???


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Re: Is it possible to find gold in the willamette river

Postby LUCKE1 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:42 pm

I didnt think Id find gold in the columbia river, but i did. You never really know till you look. it wasnt much but it was gold. it cant hurt to spend some time looking.
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Re: Is it possible to find gold in the willamette river

Postby 4theluvofgold on Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:47 pm

Yes you can. Now in the upper upper areas of Willamette you can find it easier. Lower sections it is there, It has sunk through the thick overburden. Some of the better places are where feeder streams come into the Willamette. In gravel bars you will find black sand deposits where you will find flour. But you need to do a good serch and test layers to get to anything. Deep down in the lower areas I would like to really work some spots. Same with Columbia. Columbia is fed all the way from British Columbia with many excellent gold bearing streams it is down there deep.
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Re: Is it possible to find gold in the willamette river

Postby gary482 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:16 pm

thanxs im going to start looking for a place this summer
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Re: Is it possible to find gold in the willamette river

Postby Steve S. on Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:31 pm

I have found fine gold in the black sands of the Columnia by Saint Helen's before.
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Re: Is it possible to find gold in the willamette river

Postby PNWoutdoors on Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:31 pm

I have found flour and small thin flakes in Salem. A large part of my first year prospecting was spent solely on the Willamette playing around. It's there for sure, but it's tiny. It takes some tracking down. The agates and petrified wood are more worthwhile, but the gold is fun. I have found that outcroppings of rusty, cemented OLD hardpack produce the best results. Drive 25 miles for much better gold if that's what you're after. Good luck.
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