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CALIFORNIA GOLD (Statewide) (Mexican Border to Oregon state line)

 Southern California Gold Prospecting Map 1 (eastern part-adjacent to AZ and NV-Death Valley to Yuma)

 Southern California Gold Prospecting Map 2 (San Diego, Escondido, Santa Ana, Riverside, Palm Springs, Salton Sea)

 Southern California Gold Prospecting Map 3 (Ventura, Los Angeles, Lancaster, San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake, Victorville, Barstow, Twentynine Palms)

 Southern California Gold Prospecting Map 4 (Bakersfield, Randsburg east to Death Valley, Trona, Porterville, Visalia, Fresno)

 Northern California Gold Prospecting Map 5 (Mother Lode- Yosemite, San Andreas, Columbia, Sacramento, Grass Valley, Lake Tahoe, Oroville, Magalia, Downieville)

 Northern California Gold Prospecting Map 6 (N. edge of Map 5 to Oregon state line- Greenville, Susanville, Redding, Weaverville, Trinity Center, Yreka, Happy Camp, Crescent City)










California Gold Mines, Gold Prospecting, Gold Panning and Treasure Hunting  in California Gold Region 4

(Note: This is one of our six California gold maps. Please see left-hand column for the others.)

Big Ten's California Gold Prospecting and Panning Map 4 shows seven hundred seventy (770) gold mines and gold prospecting and panning locations from official geological records of the State of California and the federal government. The map is done in color. The margin of the map has text that tells where to look for gold in a streambed, how to tell "fools gold" from real gold and gives step-by-step gold panning instructions. Locations for finding gold are shown within 15 miles of each of the below listed places. These gold deposit locations, which show where gold has been found in the past, are clearly marked. A good gift.

Map 4 shows places where to look to find gold near:
Argus, Bakersfield, Badger, Bartlett, Caliente, Cedar Grove, China Lake, Clovis, Darwin, Democrat Springs, Dunlap, Fresno, Goldstone, Humphreys Station, Independence, Isabella, Johannesburg, Keener, Lone Pine, Loraine, Mineral King, Mohave, Panamint Springs, Porterville, Randsburg, Ridgecrest, Saltdale, Sanger, Sequoia National Park, Tehachapi, Trona, Visalia, Wafford Heights, Warren, White River and Woody.


Gold mines and prospecting locations extend across California Gold Region 4 to Death Valley National Monument.

National Forests in California Gold Region 4 include Sequoia, Sierra and Inyo. Some of the mountain ranges there are: Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi, Greenhorn, Panamint, El Paso, Piute, Granite, Argus, Slate and Owls Head. 

Other features of interest are: Sequoia National Park Giant Forest (the really big trees), Kings Canyon National Park, Mohave Desert, Owens Valley, Panamint Valley, Indian reservations and the U. S. Naval Weapons Center. 

 Specific gold locations are shown in these counties: 

Fresno      Inyo      Kern      San Bernardino     Tulare

California Gold Region 4 in Southern California is host to important gold deposits; a few of which follow: 

There are one hundred seventy (170) gold mines and prospecting sites within 40 miles of Bakersfield and fifty (50) sites within 40 miles of Fresno.

There is a concentration of gold mining sites five miles south of Mohave and another group of gold mines west of Fort Irwin. Heavy concentrations of gold mines and prospecting and panning areas occur along the Kern River and at Isabella Lake east of the Greenhorn Mountains. California state road 178 parallels the Kern River. Additional gold locations exist in Sequoia National Forest.

The numerous gold deposits and prospecting locations in the area surrounding Randsburg and Johannesburg and in the El Paso mountains northwest of Randsburg have been of considerable interest to prospectors and miners since the 1880's. Dry placer gold has been found in Red Rock Canyon, Mesquite Canyon, Goler Gulch and Red Bluffs. Gold-bearing sands and gravel occur in benches and in the hillsides above the canyons and on bedrock in the washes and canyons themselves. The gold particles are round and appear to have suffered considerable abrasion. The gold is mostly fine, although nuggets up to several ounces have been found. There are some narrow gold-quartz veins present.

The Rademacher Gold District, which has 25 gold mines and prospecting locations shown on the California Gold Prospecting and Panning Map 4, is about 15 miles north of Randsburg and about 5 miles south of Ridgecrest. Faults and quartz veins exist in this district.

Many gold sites are shown in and between the Argus Mountain Range west of Trona and the Slate Mountain Range east of Trona. This area bridges the Inyo County/ San Bernardino County line east of the U.S. Naval Weapons Center. There are trails leading to some of the gold mines and dry washes shown here.

North and northeast of Fresno, gold mining and prospecting sites are located near the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area and Pine Flat Lake. There are sites in Sierra National Forest and Sequoia National Forest north and south of the Kings River in Fresno County.

Many gold deposits are shown in and around the Owens Valley, north of Lone Pine, and in the vicinity of Darwin, south of state highway 190.

In this region you will be prospecting for California gold in an interesting part of the United States, which boasts the giant redwood trees. The many existing gold mining locations in California Gold Region 4 testify to the great interest in gold prospecting here in the past. Use a gold pan in the streams and a metal detector or dry washer in arid locations.

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