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Recreational Gold Prospecting

Panning for gold is definitely alive and well in Indiana. Gold is not a naturally occurring metal in Indiana. Instead, it wasgold slowly relocated here from Canada by the glaciers. As such, you will not get rich finding gold in Indiana. But gold prospecting is a great hobby that many people and families enjoy. These resources should help you get out and hopefully, find some gold for yourself.

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Gold Prospecting Clubs in Indiana 

Things to remember when panning for gold:

  1. Gold prospectors are required to follow the rules under the general license to legally pan for gold. You can find the rules for the general license in the two following documents:

  2. If you comply with the general license, you do not need a Construction in a Floodway permit.  The general license acts as your permit.
  3. The general license does not give you the right to trespass.  GET PERMISSION!
  4. Properties such as State Forests, National Forests, State Wildlife properties require an additional free permit so contact them prior to prospecting on state lands. 
  5. The rules are slightly different on Navigable Waters so check the Navigable Waterways roster by clicking here.