A lot of people have been asking how they can find a location near them to find gold. There is no gold here, that may be the case but there are other minerals to be found too. One our favorite sites to do research on is http://www.mindat.org/ . This is a free site that allows you to search for minerals by location. Although it can be a bit tricky at times, we will explain how we get around before we ever put a shovel in the ground.

Logon to the site Mindat.org , on the top bar there is a tab called advanced search (click it). This will bring up a new tap where you can enter minerals. In the (mineral name section) type gold then in the (locality name section) type in the state you live then click search. It will bring up a list of names /locations, find one that you recognize (some of them you will not know) just find something (town or county you know, the closer the better) Here is a hint: at the end of each sentence is a generally the name of the state it is located (many are mines or gravel pits with a name near you but located in another state).

Here is our example: mineral Gold, Locality Wisconsin, click search. On page 2 of the list that came up we found “Plum Creek placer mines, Nugget Lake County Park, Rock Elm, Pierce Co., Wisconsin, USA” and double clicked it to bring up the list of that locations minerals. Almandine, Diamond, ‘Garnet’, Gold, Magnetite, Platinum, and Topaz. There are also pictures and you can click on each mineral for a detailed description and a plethora of information, including links to original articles or citations from research you can copy past and search for.

On that screen you will see (Display, Photo, Maps, and search), click maps. A pop down menu will come up with (Map pages, and nearest localities: click nearest locality’s) it will bring up a map with the longitude and latitude of the location you previously selected. Along with this you will see a bunch of purple topped red crystal icons, these are locations where there is some information. By clicking hovering over them they will bring up the name of each and clicking on them will bring up anew page of the information of that particular location. Just have fun with it and find what is in your area.

Here is the tricky part: because all locations may not pop up it may be difficult to find something near you. On the map screen you can zoom in and out to expand the map. Do this till you find something near you. Click the gem that is closest to you then nearest locality’s on the map and repeat till you get to or near your location(this can take some time) if you mess up or it goes the wrong way just click back page on your browser. This is a great way to learn what is in your area, state, or even another state you plan on going too. The map also allows you to use satellite imaging. Hint: if you copy the location (Longitude and latitude) and paste it into google maps on satellite image you may also have a street view, if a circle pops up on that map keep zooming and it turns into an interactive photo where you may pan around. This helps for new locations to see something you may recognize when you get there.


  • Keep trying and have fun.

  • Go to the local DNR , they can give you the website that details public and private property. Think Wisconsin’s is www. Wisconsin DNR maps.gov with highlighted green areas, trout streams, boat launches, parks……

  • Find allocation is public and start prospecting, just make sure you follow your states rules and reg’s for what you are doing.

  • Most of all have fun and find something new, like the platinum we did not know what in Wisconsin, or the gems down the road. We hope this helps a little, we wanted to post something useful for everyone! Get out there and find your own gold, get on some pay dirt and move some earth.

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