Tom and his wife Jill, who are from Pennsylvania, retired in 2008, and tour the country panning for gold and gem prospecting. In August and September of 2009, Tom found gold in Mineral Springs Creek in the Park. He found flour gold using a "sniffer bottle", and picker gold.
For those of you who do not know, picker gold is large enough where you can "pick" it out of the gold pan. Flour gold is very small, and you use a "sniffer bottle" to extract it from crevices in the rocks. It is a plastic squeeze bottle, with a long tube extending from the cap. You squeeze the bottle, insert the tube in the crevice, let the pressure off the bottle, and the gold and other materials are drawn up in the tube. You then squeeze out the results into a container, and take it to your campsite for further processing.
A 4.5 pound nugget was found at Whitepath, which is about 5 miles from here.
RULES FOR GOLD PANNING
We want to keep the creek in pristine condition, as much as possible, and insure gold panning for future campers. We do not sell passes to pan for gold. So the following rules apply, and will be strictly enforced.
NO SLUICE BOXES
NO ONE IS ALLOWED IN CREEK, OTHER THAN REGISTERED GUESTS--THIS MEANS YOUR VISITORS CANNOT BE IN CREEK OR ASSISTING WITH GOLD PANNING.
Any violation of the above rules, or Park rules will results in your eviction from the Park, with NO REFUND of fees.