Gold Panning Outing, Saturday, October 15
Meet at 11:00 am
We’ll do a short meeting in their side room to make announcements, get acquainted, brag a little, and let you join up with your panning buddies.
Drinks and snacks are available there, too.
Options from there.
1. Team up with your panning buddies and head out to a creek of your choice. There are over two dozen gold creeks feeding the Lake.
2. Beginners and others follow me to Blankets Creek to learn how to “read a creek” and pan for placer gold, or just watch.
Blanket Creek Panners. We usually pan for 3-5 hours, but you can stay or leave anytime. Guests, kids and pets welcome.
We’ll park at the Sixes Presbyterian Church, 2335 Sixes Road, Canton, GA. The church is about half way between Bells Ferry Road and I-575, Exit 11. Then we walk over to the creek through the Bike Park.
Rules and Protocols. Blankets Creek is on Army Corps property and they only allow pans and shovels in the stream bed. No sluices, dredges nor metal detectors. They have stiff penalties for violators. Refill your holes and spread out your tailings. Leave the area cleaner than you found it. When walking the bike trails, give the bikers right-of-way. Yell “BIKE” loudly when you detect one coming to warn the others.
What to Wear/Bring. Wear rubber boots or waders, long rubber gloves, long pants, and clothing layers. Bring long handle spade, gold pan, classifier, sucker bottle, vial, mosquito lotion, water, snack, camera, cell phone, folding stool or 5-gal bucket, trash bag, pen and paper, and zip lock bags to water proof your valuables. A back pack is handy to carry your gear.
Where to Buy. Get Garrett Panning Set at Little River Marina Store on Bells Ferry or Hobby Town on Barrett Pkwy. Boots at Walmart, ACE Hardware or Northern Tools. Waders at Dicks Sporting Goods. Long handle spade at Walmart, Big Lots or ACE. Long gloves at Harbor Freight. Folding stool at Kmart.
Panners Flea Market. Bring your extra, unneeded panning equipment and sell it to the newer panners to help them get started. Come a little early for best buys.
Weather, etc. If inclement weather, we can meet at the store anyway, and postpone the outing to the following Saturday. If this arrangements suits folks, we could make this a recurring event.
This is the event description for the club, and GAG members are considered the BEGINNERS. You don't have to go buy a pan, etc.... there will be some available for you to try your hand at panning.
Do bring a chair to sit on IN THE CREEK.... water shoes/waders, as you will be IN THE CREEK, rubber gloves might be nice considering the water will be COLD. Read the above again.... remember, it will be a cool Fall day, be prepared !