Hello from OREGON...
Tracy, Lucky you! Your area has lots of great gold. The Douglass County Prospectors Association would be an excellent start. I've mined on Cow Creek where one of their claims are located and got great color. Search them online.
Just to the North of you out of Cottage Grove is the Bohemia Mine Owners Association. The gold is finer but lots of it in the area. BMOA has 9 or more claims, great area no rattle snakes that I've seen. Beautiful there as it's on the green side of the divide. Anything South of the divide is plagued with poison oak, rattlers and ticks. FWIW. I think BMOA is $35 per year? The DCPA is about the same price.
Hope that helps, happy hunting.