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pinecone. Prospecting for GOLD

While many people know of Maine’s reputation for beautiful tourmaline and other gemstones, most are unaware that in the riverbeds of the western Maine foothills, there is hidden gold. The last ice age sketched the face of Maine as you see it today. It is estimated that 25,000 years ago, an enormous glacier covered the state. As the glacier retreated, the enormous pressure of melting ice, and the resulting flooding, carved out a distinctive landscape of mountains, canyons, gorges and amazing rock formations. The glacier also deposited sediments, eroded from bedrock and containing gold, into some of Maine’s rivers and streambeds. These gold deposits, found in unconsolidated sediments are called “placer” gold. Although Maine has gold in some of the bedrock, called “lode” deposits, most of what is currently found is “placer” gold.
 panning for gold.    sluth.
The Swift River and its many feeder streams have produced more gold than all of the other (known) Maine gold regions combined. Panning for gold is a fun activity for visitors to Coos Canyon Cottage #8 Young children and adults alike will delight at the potential to find real gold flakes or nuggets.

Coos Canyon Cottage #8 is a proud memeber of the Maine Gold Prospecting Chapter, please check their link for news and events in Central and Western Maine.

Read about Prospector John Dorval vacation on the Swift River at Coos Canyon, and visit our Links page to see other prospecting links

Maine State Regulations for Prospecting:

Motorized recreational gold prospecting may only be performed from

June 16 to September 14

Motorized equipment must not exceed 7 horsepower.

Nozzle and hose size not to exceed 4".

Sluice area must not exceed 10 square feet.

For more information please read



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