New Prospector in South Carolina
Hi all, wanted to join up to see if anyone has knowledge on gold prospecting in upstate South Carolina. I started researching on where I can legally pan and haven't had a lot of luck in my area (Greenville, SC). It seems that DNR land and state parks don't allow any sort of gold panning. I have some national forests nearby, but my understanding is that a permit is required and you can only use a pan/trowel, so no stream sluice or shovels. Anyone from the area have suggestions? I could try asking a private landowner but I live in a rural area and would rather not trespass on someone's land to bug them about prospecting.
Join or visit a local gold club in your area. You may have to travel outside the Greenville area to find one. I know there is one in the upstate and Augusta, Ga.. I am a member of the Augusta club but have not been able to attend any meetings now for some time due to work. You are correct in there is not much area to prospect in on NFS land and its very, very limited to what you can do. A permit is required as you say. Do your research of your area looking for the old mines that was in operational back in 1800's up to present. Look for the rivers and streams near these areas. See if the land is leased to a hunt club and approach the president and ask if you can prospect the area between hunting seasons. Offer to help them clear shooting lanes, make food plots, etc. in return for the right to prospect or contribute money to help buy supplies for food plots, etc. If the club land creeks and streams has good gold, then you can ask about joining but be up front and tell them that you want to join for the right to prospect unless you hunt also then you are really ahead of game.
Good luck and may you find gold in every panful of material
Welcome flyfishinjax another option is to check out GPAA website as a member you get a lot information plus bi monthly magazine claims guide local clubs and also a strong voice for the prospecting rights. They do have claims on the east coast even know they are based in CA. Hope this may help you, I am from PA.