I was woundering if anyone on here has done any panning at downing creek? If so, how'd you do ? I am trying to find some better areas around where I live in holy springs and I know my options are kind of limited but just wanted to ask around. Thanks in advance .
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I certainly have no clue where Downing Creek or Holy Springs are - but I might have some thoughts for you to try out.
If you have a prospecting supply business nearby, well, that could be a good source for hot spots and 'ol reliable areas. Always a good source for gossip as well.
The same goes for local mining clubs. If you are in an area where Gold was found in the past then others might have started up a small club. Sometimes those clubs maintain private mining claims as well as always providing others who enjoy the same thing that you do.
If you are in the US, especially in one of the western states then a year or two's membership in the GPAA would get you access to local information and fellow miners as well.
If you have a college or University with a Geology Department nearby then an appointment with the Professor might be mutually beneficial.
If your area had past mining activity then old newspaper archives might start you 'down the road' into past producing areas.
And finally, does your state have a Dept of Natural Resources with a Mining division? How about inquiring there as well.
All the best of luck in your searches - wherever you are. 😀
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I took three or four pans from a gravel bar on downing on a winter prospecting trip. 6-8 very fine colors in all the pans. I was at the lake end of the creek but I think most people access from barnett park. A lot of interesting looking spots, been meaning to get back there when it’s warm enough to get in the water. Historically downing and sixes creek were very rich, most of the nuggets at the Tellus mineral museum came from sixes. Also some wire gold in the area , only found one piece in sixes but one of my favorite finds. Owl , blankets, and Kellogg creeks are also good spots, all heavily worked still today.
I live close by and Barnett Park is exactly how I get there and the only way I know. I have had pretty good finds from the little bit of material I've worked there but I've found a ton of areas I can't wait to check out. As you said it is above the lake just north of the area where you were. There are a lot of great looking spots I have found and a pretty big quartz vein as well. I just started prospecting in this area since I've only lived here for around 8 years and have done all my panning up in Cleveland and dawsonville area. If you ever want to get together and check it the creek some more it would be great to have company since I'm usually only ever there alone.
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