RECREATIONAL PANNING

RULES/REGS/GUIDELINES FOR

BRITISH COLUMBIA

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To take the trip and go recreational gold panning there isn’t a lot of equipment needed, gold pan and a shovel with maybe a screening device to classify the gravels down to 5mm size to make panning easier.  But now there are some things that the novice or recreational panner should know about as far as the rules and regulations go for recreational panning in the Province of British Columbia, these are the condensed versions:


Recreation Panning is allowed on any creek, stream, river, or body of water as long as the property that you are panning from is not, placer or mineral claimed, private property, unless you have the tenure or property owner’s permission.
Recreational Panning is allowed in most Provincial Forestry Campsites, unless this area is placer or mineral claimed.  
Recreational Panning is not allowed in Provincial or Federal Parks unless first getting permission from the park warden or agency responsible for the park, on an Indian Reservation or Treaty Settlement Lands, unless permission is first obtained from the Band.
Note: Permission is also needed to cross private land, Indian Reservations and Treaty Settlement Lands, to do otherwise would be trespassing and is against the law of British Columbia.  Cutting locks off gates to use existing roads could also be trespassing as this usually signifies that it is either private land or under lease for some purpose from the government and that the surface rights are taken up in ownership
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So before going recreational panning, either go to a friend’s placer or mineral claim, or go to the
Mineral Titles Online Website and check out the area that you wish to go panning at, or go to one of the following Provincial Recreational Panning Reserves.
The Ministry has created a number of recreational panning reserves around the Province that are open to the general public to use for recreational gold panning.  Recreational panning is restricted to hand pans, hand shovels, and metal detectors.  The use of sluice or shaker boxes, suction dredges, and other mechanical devices are not permitted.
 
The following maps are all in Adobe pdf format:
Barnes Creek BCGS Map 082E.090 & .100 (  118 kb)
Cayoosh Creek (near Lillooet), BCGS Map 092I.061 (  149 kb)
Erickson, BCGS Map 082F.008 & .018 ( 158 kb)
Goldstream River, BCGS Map 082M.068 (  101 kb)
Hope, BCGS Map 092H.033 (  127 kb)
Kennedy River, BCGS Map 092F.013 (  101 kb)
Lytton, BCGS Map 092I.023 (  130 kb)
Princeton, BCGS Map 092H.048 (  221 kb)
Quesnel-Fraser River Junction, BCGS Map 093B.098 (  167 kb)
Spruce Creek, BCGS Map 104N.052 (  93 kb)
Van Winkle Flat (new Lytton), BCGS Map 092I.022 (  112 kb)
Wild Horse River (near Fort Steele), BCGS Map 082G.052 & .062 ( 124 kb)
Yale, BCGS Map 092H.053 (  137 kb)  Mineral Titles Online Website; Recreational Panning Reserves

 

Link to Recreational Panning Reserves

 

Link to Recreational Panning for Placer Minerals

 

Link to Mineral Titles Online

 

 

What Do I Need for Recreational Gold Panning?

To take the trip and go recreational gold panning there isn’t a lot of equipment needed, gold pan and a shovel with maybe a screening device to classify the gravels down to 5mm size to make panning easier.  But now there are some things that the novice or recreational panner should know about as far as the rules and regulations go for recreational panning in the Province of British Columbia, these are the condensed versions:

Recreation Panning is allowed on any creek, stream, river, or body of water as long as the property that you are panning from is not, placer or mineral claimed, private property, unless you have the tenure or property owner’s permission.

Recreational Panning is allowed in most Provincial Forestry Campsites, unless this area is placer or mineral claimed. 

Recreational Panning is not allowed in Provincial or Federal Parks unless first getting permission from the park warden or agency responsible for the park, on an Indian Reservation or Treaty Settlement Lands, unless permission is first obtained from the Band.

Note: Permission is also needed to cross private land, Indian Reservations and Treaty Settlement Lands, to do otherwise would be trespassing and is against the law of British Columbia.  Cutting locks off gates to use existing roads could also be trespassing as this usually signifies that it is either private land or under lease for some purpose from the government and that the surface rights are taken up in ownership.

 

So before going recreational panning, either go to a friend’s placer or mineral claim, or go to the

Mineral Titles Online Website and check out the area that you wish to go panning at, or go to one of the following Provincial Recreational Panning Reserves.

 

 

 

 

The Ministry has created a number of recreational panning reserves around the Province that are open to the general public to use for recreational gold panning.  Recreational panning is restricted to hand pans, shovels, and metal detectors.  The use of sluice or shaker boxes, suction dredges, and other mechanical devices are not permitted.

 

 


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