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Title: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: SnowSpider on April 15, 2007, 08:11:35 PM
Hiyas guys  Im a cronic Hobby Starter LOL  and go figgure I have gotten the gold bug ..Im a man of many trades  Welder/Machinist/Tin Smith/Pipefitter so  building my own equipment is a snap now I just need to find out where all the gold is hidden in Alberta I live here in Thorsby about  70k southwest of Edmonton and have been panning in the Nrth Sask River by Devon getting some good colour but "I WANT MORE"   lol any one having any luck anywhere else in the area..

Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: shiver on April 21, 2007, 07:25:58 PM
I've never done any prospecting in Alberta myself, but based on the following "Survey"...

The Occurrence of Gold in Alberta Rivers

This survey was conducted by sieving and panning several cubic feet of gravel from the top foot or so of bars and similar places in the beds of most of the major rivers in Alberta. The places sampled were systematically, but fairly widely distributed (20 miles or more) along the rivers. The results showed that all the gold passed a 35 mesh screen and may be described as 'flour gold'. The highest concentrations were found along the North Saskatchewan River in the stretch from Devon (about 25 miles upstream from Edmonton) to near a point due North of Myrnam (about 150 miles downstream from Edmonton).


It sounds like you in a fairly good area, for fine stuff.

Have you considered a sluice?
 
Or B.C? ;)

Shiver
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: SnowSpider on April 25, 2007, 07:03:22 PM
LOL  well  Ive built a home Sluce table and just recieved my Gold miner wheel from the states LOL  In the process of building the rest of the machine and Im thinking of making a fine gold river sluce I just happen to have a bunch of Aluminum Checker plate so should look good when finished... I am finding lots of colour  but like you say its all flour was gona try going up stream to see if it gets bigger from devon Never know.. May try up around Drayton Vally ...
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: goldhunta on May 14, 2007, 08:34:35 PM
hey im new at this and lookin for a good spot to start im from alberta too im just wondering is http://xrl.us/wc5o   that blue line the river you are talking about? thanks for any help
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: Seeker on May 16, 2007, 10:29:25 AM
hey im new at this and lookin for a good spot to start im from alberta too im just wondering is http://xrl.us/wc5o   that blue line the river you are talking about? thanks for any help

Thats it goldhunta, Just be respectful of hunting on someone else's claim and happy hunting :) :)
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: SnowSpider on May 17, 2007, 06:53:31 PM
Yuppers  hunta  just go to Devon and go a bit upstream of the bridge its all gravel down there and lots of Rec Panners down there  Hope you dont mind answering questions tho  Lots of ppl go down there on nice days to run up and down in there quads and 4x4's I have a spot about 15 K's upstream  nice treed Island in the middle of the river and the nose of the island is a huge gravel bar  may go out the long weekend set up a campsite  and the sluice and dig me sum holes LOL  heres a pic of the island..
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: goldhunta on May 18, 2007, 05:26:13 PM
thanks for the info im heading up there tomorrow to try my luck  8)  not expecting to find alot but would be nice to find something
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: shiver on May 18, 2007, 08:28:42 PM
Good luck goldhunta, looking forward to hearing your results {cool^sign}
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: mikeprospecting on July 12, 2007, 08:11:54 AM
Hi

Just got back to victoria after working the oil patch, I was working out of innisfail and played allot on the red deer river. I found lots of flour gold and there's a few good bars down river of red deer itself.

I wouldn't plan on getting rich but its a great place to calibrate and test your equipment. When your ready, I would drive the 7hrs to Revelstoke and head north on highway 27. You'll find gold bearing creeks and rivers along the highway to Mica Dam.

Do your research, much of the ground is staked.

Good luck
Mike
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: SnowSpider on July 12, 2007, 10:43:11 AM
Well I got a buddy that has a few Claims up around 150 mile house in BC   LOL  If I go over the rock I may as well go somewhere I can see the gold in the sluice without my Reading glasses on  LOL   The Highbanker work wonderful on its maiden voyage and after 5 pails and a cleaning  Im getting lots of colour  and thats just down in Devon ...10 min away from my house  LOL

SnowSpider
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: gnome on January 27, 2008, 03:43:02 PM
well it's been along time since I was out that way but I do recall a news paper article from edmonton back in the early to mid 80's of if i remember right that a fella that worked for the city had made a cool 100,000 bucks prospecting around there on weekends but wouldn't say just where maybe check out the edmonton herld for more info.
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: ClickTheYellowChick on January 27, 2008, 06:13:37 PM
You know, gnome,
that is a right fine idea, checking out the newspaper "morgue" as they call it, to search for "gold stories" in one's area.

May I suggest one also check with any type of "historical society" in their nearest town for the same reason?

Back when gold was first discovered here in Oregon in the 1860's, turns out, much to my surprise, there were no less than 3 DAILY papers (printed on offset presses back then) in one of the largest goldtowns in the eastern Oregon mountains.

A nearby "gold town" library turned out to be the receipient of much of that hoard of history.  All those newspapers--like Blue Mountain News--have been gifted to and now converted to microfiche at the library.

One some of those too cold to go minin' days, why not head to the library or the historical society or the morgue at the local paper for some newspaper "prospectin'?"

Just a thought...
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Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: au-stin on April 10, 2008, 02:12:07 AM
Hey its gold season!!  time to fire up this thread!  Im working on swapping my sluice rifles to go for all that lovely fine gold in Devon.   I live in leduc!
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
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Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: SnowSpider on April 13, 2008, 02:20:28 PM
LOL  well all the gold in the Nth Sask is just not in Devon   theres a poo load of it all along from Genissee Bridge  to the city  The better places are accessed by boat (eg. Gravel Bar islands) Im thinking of getting a few of us intrepid Alberta gold panners and launching a boat on a friday and hitting some of these Gravel bars over a weekend of camping and panning between Genissee and Devon  That would be a blast 

Dave
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: lsfog on April 13, 2008, 08:12:27 PM
Well perhaps I can be of assistance!!
I'm just waiting for the rivers to be officially boatable.
We really need to talk about this.
With a cruiseing speed of 30 mph and a wot of 45 ish we can cover alot of water in a short time.
No need to bush camp in this area, just find a comfy spot to put in the boat and park the RV.
Ken
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: Greg in BC on April 13, 2008, 08:57:48 PM
If you accept westerners (BC) coming east - I might be persuaded to bring my mining buddy and join you (would kick in for expenses as well).  He doesn't get around so well as he had a stroke a few years ago so hiking the river bank to a good spot is tough.  A boat would be a blast and nice to get to a spot with some good yeller!  If I can get some time in the garage I might have my hover craft ready to bring along :-)

Wayne Loewen  in 1991 saids he knew of places near Edmonton that he would be able to get an ounce a day with a 6" no problem - with boat access ( and a change in the law I suppose).

Greg in BC

ps - I am in Dawson Creek - a little over an hour from Grande Prairie
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: lsfog on April 14, 2008, 07:12:11 PM
Hey Greg
Well Wayne would know the spots thats for sure.
As for the buddy & his abilitys & capabilitys, well lets just remember that Lsfog stands for little short fat old guy, so we may move at the same speed.
Ken
   
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: SnowSpider on April 14, 2008, 08:47:18 PM
LOL  well if your short and fat  or  dont move so fast  or just love being out on the river with some good buddys and a few beers  Im thinking we have it in hand  Im a Fire Fighter and def that training can come in handy for safety sake as for the RV Hmmmm trust me the reason the section of river between Genissee and devon hasnt been panned lots is cuz there is no access to the river its all private farms and no way to get to the water  the only place to put a boat in is at the Genissee Bridge and easy egress at devon   but  guys if your serious most of you have my e mail give me a boo and well set somthing up for a long weekend  .. I can Fab up any equipment needed from a sluice to a high banker in a day or two and allready have a few on hand  a 5.5 Hp 2 inch pump and a 1200 W generator sitting collecting dust in my gold panning room needs to get out and get wet too...  I do believe this is gona be a fun season

Dave
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: lsfog on April 16, 2008, 04:28:03 PM
Ya well thats the beauty of my tin tub we can put alot of miles under the bow in a short time as long as the rocks stay out of the way. I found out about that several years ago by straying just a bit to far upstream on the Berland. About 9K to far..... :'(
So as long as we can find a spot to  park the RV near enough to a 4x4 boat launch we are in buizness....
When is the next long weekend, no calender handy....
As to your occupation I don't think that I have ever built a camp fire that required a fire fighter but there's always a first time!!
Ken


Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: SnowSpider on April 16, 2008, 06:31:10 PM
LMAO  Not worried about the camp fire   Was thinking more along the lines of one of us falling in the river and all the gold in our pockets Dragging us to Davy Jones's locker I can get a dive team in really quick to save the gold   LMAO

Dave
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: lsfog on April 18, 2008, 08:57:13 PM
If we are ever so fortunate to have pockets that heavy then why would we not just walk the bottom to shore, no need to trouble a diver person except for maybe if those heavy pockets developed holes....
I had full intensions to test run the new trommel and sluice mods done over the winter until I looked out side this morning. The darn snow has not stopped all day. AND the forcast says that Wednesday [my first day back to work] will be the next decient day.....
Of well welcome to spring time in Alberta....
Ken
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: rockpup on April 20, 2008, 07:34:06 AM
There's a foot of snow on the ground here in lethbridge.I think im going sledding today instead of panning.Bought parts for my car and of course it snows.No garage, but have some more sluice making material and a work shop in the basment.Found a alternative miners moss at the dollar store.Front entrance mat, will get some pic's later.Wish I had some gravel with gold in it ,to try this stuff out!!
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: SnowSpider on April 20, 2008, 04:22:55 PM
LOL  Im up to my naughty bits in snow here too but on the bright side I have a wood stove in the garage and a fridge full of beer ...  my first weekend off in 2 months  between FireFighter Training and Family weddings I get some time to my self and OMG a Snow storm  Oh well getting some nice work done on a special Oak Highbanker (Just started a new job as a cabinet maker) for a buddy of mine .. and gives me a chance to make my world famous Fish chowder Im drooling on the keyboard just smelling it simmer on the stove LOL  Have no fear guys  this white poo will melt and well get digging soon enuff  LOL 

Dave
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: SnowSpider on May 05, 2008, 10:18:42 PM
LOL  just a note to all you Alberta Mud shovelers  the Ice is gone and the water is flowing  The gold is waiting and the winter has been long   Looking forward to seeing most of you soon and sitting around a nice campfire with any of you good ppl...

Dave and Family
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: rockpup on May 06, 2008, 07:02:12 AM
Been out a few times.Mostly testing.Got a great system down pack for testing.Found aa spot.Now I have to sherpa pack in my spiral-pan and battery.I still have to make a trommel,all this hand-sieving is killler.If one pan= 13 flakes,176x10=one yard.1760 flakes x 5=8880 would that amount to any weight.I been collecting what I can,I might be able to melt it into a pin head  {-applause-}.I do have at least a pound of black sand and at least a pound of garnet's.Do not know what to do with them, but might make a cool hour glass.
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: goldhunta on June 11, 2008, 07:05:40 PM
sorry forgot to reply my finding's got really busy, although it was a long time ago i am back in gold fever mode  DEVIL&??  i only found 1 small flake but i was lacking strongly on knowledge and supplies and stayed close to the devon bridge, i have been out a few times more and i find out the more you go and the more you know about where gold sits, you get quite a bit more  :)    since the spring has started  i have enough money to make quite a few trips so i will be out there alot this summer, maybe even see some of you there   <-wave->
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: bedrocksupply on July 22, 2008, 10:23:11 AM
Tom Bryant wrote a book on finding gold in Alberta - it's called "The Modern Goldseekers Manual".  It is available at Bedrock Supply in Edmonton (9435-63 AVenue   780-434-2040)  The new printing includes a chapter on diamonds as well.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Looking for Alberta Gold
Post by: goilers on July 22, 2008, 11:40:32 AM
Hello All.  New user looking to get more info on the subject. I have been out a few times around edmonton and found black sand and small flakes. Lots of effort with little reward so far but extremely fun!  Looking to perhaps hook up with other prospectors in the area if you require a shoveler or equipment mover in exchange for some knowledge, laughs, and perhaps a beer or 2.  Cory.