This is a continuation of my August 2010 tour of BC Recreational Panning Reserves. Click here for Intro & Hope
, and here for previous post of Van Winkle Flats
.Cayoosh Creek - Lillooet
August 18, 2010.
BC Energy Mining & Resources government maps:http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Titles/MineralTitles/Documents/cayoosh.pdfhttp://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Titles/MineralTitles/Reserves/Documents/RecPanningReserves/RecreationalPanningReserve_CayooshCreek_329448.pdf
I left buddy at the motel to sleep and went down to the information/museum in Lillooet. I asked the lady there about recreational panning and she was a great help. She showed me on the map how to get down to the bridge and where the pullout was and what she thought might be some good places to pan for gold. (Also, the Lillooet Museum is densely packed with interesting artifacts, worth taking a look at if you're in the building. I read too that Ma Murray's Printing Press is in the basement, I'll have to see next time
I also dropped by the Jade Museum across the street. I got a deal on a sparkly chunk of pyrite from the fella there for the little one at home and joked "this is as close to finding gold as Daddy's gonna get on this trip".
The initial pullout she suggested is down by the bridge. There's a bizarre metal sculpture there with some plaque to explain it I guess. I didn't seem to have any access to the water level at all from here though.Google Street View of odd sculpture
I drove back and drove down into the Cayoosh campground. This is a "self registration" campground. I thought about it and looked at the registration form and then thought "well, I'm not actually staying in the campground, I just want to get down to the water". So I took the form with me, and thought I could explain if anyone was bugged by my being there. I drove through the campground and down to the beach area.Wikimapia entry
The rocky area of the beach has some interesting boulders on it which I wonder if they might be jade?
Jade? Or Just a Dull Green Boulder
Lots of interesting rocks in the area. After seeing the prices of some of the rocks for sale in the Jade Museum in Lillooet I'm wondering if learning a bit more about geology might be in order.
On the beach I saw a little sandy rivulet of water with lots of gold flecks in it washing in and out with the waves. I'm thinking this was pyrite though because it floated so easily.
Fool's Gold Floating on the Water?
I walked over to the Cayoosh creek. It's beautiful clear water with lots of round stones. I tried panning some shovelfuls, but I really didn't think I was going to find anything. I took a lot of pictures of the mountains around Lillooet. They're grand. Pictures don't do them justice.
Got The Old Honda Right Down To The Beach
Looking Across The Fraser River, Cayoosh Creek Is To Right
Looking Out Towards Creek. Balanced Camera on Rocks, Hit the Timer and Back to Panning
Another tip from the lady at the Lillooet Info Booth: The Seton Lake Reserve Beach is definitely worth checking out for a nice afternoon at the lake. I drove down in time to catch sunset there. It was just beautiful. Made the whole trip worth it.
Seton Lake at Sunset
The next day my friend was good enough to handle travelling so we just made the long drive back. It was a good trip though, enough for a first time out; we didn't get lost or killed and the car didn't break down... a definite success