Just an update to my post about Willamette River gold.
Some of you are curious about just where in the Corvallis area I can find gold. The answer is easy - any wide flat exposed gravel bar will do. It tends to be spotty. If your bar is below the inside of a river bend, that increases your chances.
Basically, I just try to read the Willamette River like any gold bearing stream. Where are the heavies most likely to settle
on its edges? Grass roots near the water can be good. Sometimes you get the gold by wading out and using a shovel to
fill your underwater gold pan. You gotta experiment.
Willamette Park in Corvallis, downstream - occasional color. Bryant Park in Albany - above the mouth of the (gold bearing)
Calapooia. I suppose downstream would work well, if you can get access and find the right kind of bank/bar etc.
You will have fun and get good exercise, but don't expect to hit the mother lode. I never had any luck in the Mary's.