The places listed below are user submitted gold prospecting locations. Things change over time - these places may or may not still be open. Be sure to fill your holes, pick up your trash and don't trespass. We are losing good spots all the time.
We really need more info on this state! If you know of any other prospecting locations in this or surrounding areas, please fill out this form. What we need here are fairly specific places like "downstream from where Highway 20 crosses Dry Creek". There are lots of books that say something like "The gold belt runs through ABC & XYZ Counties" or "Gold has been found in ABC River and some of its tributaries". That really doesn't say much about where YOU can find gold, private property issues or Forest Circus rules etc. Please use this form only for suggesting fairly specific places to be added to this page where new prospectors or folks visiting from other areas have a good chance of finding gold. Thank you
Morrill, Scottsbluff, Garden, Keith, Cheyenne Counties
There really is gold in Nebraska, but it is fine gold. In years past, before stiffer regulations took over dealing with gravelpits, one man took well over 10 oz of gold in a year by running the discharge sands through a sluice box. Heavy black sand can be seen in the discharge of many of pits especially in the Western area.The problem is getting permission to work these is very diffucult. Old abandoned pits may be a source. Remember that these pits are not working on the main river channel but several hundred yards away and pulling gravels from 20 to 40 foot deep from old channels and deposits. The North Platte River has also over the years been panned and some gold found altough again it is fine gold. Good Luck
We mainly prospect on the South Platte river between here (North Platte) and the Colo border and mainly we are highbanking in the old river bed...The river was straightened out 30-40 years ago but the old channel is, we suspect, thousands of years old.
There are tons of places on the South Platte river where we have found gold. The South Platte runs into the Colo Rockies and drains from prime gold country. We have found, as a rule, that the gold is best in the ancient river channel, we find all sorts of ancient dark colored gravel and the other things that you see in bearing gravels.