Gold Panning

The collection of minor amounts of rock samples and gold panning as a recreational activity is allowed on National Forest land, but is strictly limited in the type of collecting activity and intensity of activity allowed. Recreational rock collecting and gold panning activities do not grant any rights to any discovered valuable mineral deposits. The 1872 General Mining Law does not apply to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest lands.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest authorizes recreational mineral collecting, such as panning for gold or rock collecting without the need for a ...

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Gold Panning Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities