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Bring along a gold pan and/or your gold panning equipment and try your hand at finding gold in Alberta's beautiful Freeman River which borders the campground.

the riverbed and surrounding sandy Campgrounds have, in the past few years, yielded small quantities of gold flakes. Spend a part of your relaxing day down by the river prospecting for gold. Use your gold pan and/or your sluice box and discover gold in the Freeman River.

See below for information About Gold Pans, About Sluice Boxes, and How to Pan for Gold.

About Gold Pans:
To find gold, a beginner needs nothing more than a gold pan and some basic tools. While many associate steel pans with gold mining, steel pans today are mostly sold to the arts and crafts market and as souvenirs. Plastic pans are molded with riffles that aid panning and are colored to help show the gold. Green is considered the best color as it not only shows gold well but also the blacks sands that one is attempting to separate from the gold. Some pans feature a recessed bottom referred to as a "drop center". This creates a catch trap around the bottom of the pan to hold the gold. Some panners prefer this design while other feel it also holds undesired material so both styles are popular.
the above article was excerpted from: Alaska Mining & Diving Supply
Probably the most efficient pan for the novice today is one molded from tough plastic. It is far superior to the steel pan for several reasons. Firstly, it is rust and corrosive proof. Secondly, it can be textured with a fine "tooth" surface to hold the gold better. Third, it is about one quarter the weight of a steel pan.
Any of the above reasons are sufficient to endorse the plastic pan. But there is still another advantage. Being made by an injection mold process, riffles can be easily formed into a plastic pan. these riffles trap the gold much as the riffles in a sluice box, thus speeding up the panning process considerably.
the common sizes of pans today are the 8 to 12 inch pan, used primarily for sampling, or clean up. the 14 inch pan is the most popular, multi size use. the 16 to 18 inch pan is used by the more experienced panners. the larger pan load requires greater stamina and technique.
the above article was excerpted from: Keene Engineering
Permits and Licenses:
As per the Government of Alberta, recreational gold panning in Alberta's rivers and streams using hand-held, non-mechanized equipment does not require a mineral agreement or license.
Where to Purchase a Gold Pan:
A basic plastic gold pan can usually be purchased for less than ten dollars.
Purchase a gold pan online from the Alaska Mining & Diving Supply: Plastic Gold Pans
About Sluice Boxes:
the sluice box is the most cost effective gold recovery device for the average prospector and miner. A sluice box allows a larger amount of material to be processed than a gold pan and often a sluice will capture gold better than a novice gold panner. the sluice box is the basis of larger equipment from suction dredges to large commercial recovery systems.
Where to Purchase a Sluice Box:
Purchase a sluice box online from the Alaska Mining & Diving Supply: Sluice Boxes
Permits and Licenses:
Placer mining in Alberta's rivers and streams, using a sluice box or other mechanized equipment, requires a Placer License.
Fee is $50.00 plus G.S.T. for a five-year license, payable to the Minister of Finance. To apply for a Placer Mining License, visit the following website: Government of Alberta Department of Energy - Gold Panning Information