Gold in Louisiana?

Hi Stan, are there any sites in Louisiana where one could find any gold flakes or small nuggets? (Health issues prevent me from traveling to other known areas.)

Stan's comment: here is a very informative excerpt from

Gold prospecting in Louisiana is fairly unproductive. Small amounts of placer gold can be recovered, but nearly all of the gold recovered will be extremely fine flour gold. Gold has not been found in quantities to interest commercial endeavors, but small-scale gold prospectors can find a bit of gold if they are persistent.

Most of the documented gold discoveries in Louisiana are in the central part of the state. Check out the creeks around Natchitoches. There are reports of fine flour gold in found in abandoned gravel pits in the Catahoula Parish. One of the better known areas to find gold is to the west, near the town of Jena at Hemps Creek.

Due to the low concentrations of gold present in this area, it will probably be best to use some larger equipment such as sluice boxes, high bankers, or even dredges to help you process larger amounts of potential gold bearing gravel.

Panning will recover gold, but will limit the amount of material that you can process at a time. Just be careful that your equipment is set up to maximize efficiency and retain as fine of gold as possible.

Don’t expect to find large gold nuggets, or even picker sized gold. Almost all reports of gold in Louisiana say that the recoveries are extremely fine.

There is an active GPAA club in central Louisiana. Anyone interested in gold prospecting in the state are encouraged to contact your local clubs, they can really help beginners get started off on the right foot.

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