I recently have moved to the West Coast, and newly armed with my gold pan I planned to set off into the hills for some prospecting for fun.
Except I don’t think that that’s allowed…
Am I correct in understanding that I need to buy the appropriate permit (I assume one would start with a prospecting permit), which appears to $3450.00. Despite not knowing what’s there (I am new to the region)…
Unless I stick to the public gold fossicking areas.
Is that right? If I just wander into the hills for fun (checking for existing claims and avoiding those of course) with my pan I am actually breaking the law?
Is that what happens in reality?
(if there is any ‘guide for beginners’ you can just point me there; I didn’t find any such thing)