Rates and Reservations
Prospecting for GOLD
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”
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.
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