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Copyright 2006-2012 Charles R. Lassiter
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(LEFT) Three of my fellow prospectors on an outing in early June 2006. From left to right: Mark Bender - Keith Lester - Tom VanVleet, with me behind the camera. We were working a small tributary to Pine Creek in Warren County. This side creek had a hard clay bottom with lots of glacial gravel, but very little gold. Many of the side creeks along Pine Creek carry good gold, as does Pine Creek itself. This is a very scenic area with easy access. Most of the creeks in this area are on private property, so be sure to get PERMISSION before doing any prospecting. Pine Creek is one of the most popular creeks in Indiana and good sized gold and copper nuggets have been recovered there. Chuck L.
Directions to the Big Pine Creek area: Take US41 south from I80/94 if coming from northern Illinois or Indiana or US26 West to US41 South if coming from I65. At the point where US41 splits off into US 63 to Attica why stay on US41 South another mile or so until you pass an overpass and see some highway maintenance buildings on your left. Turn left at that point . This road shortly turns into a dirt road and is not shown on most road maps. It is called Twin Bridges Road. Follow it until it dead ends at a bridge. This will be Potholes Road. You will be roughly 5-8 miles northwest of Attica,Indiana. There are 2 creeks here. They both have gold. It tends to be mostly flour with some flakes about 1/8 inch. The larger creek has most of the gold. It is in the gravel bars and the rotten shale . My friend dredges for it and has found some wheat grain size nuggets. I dowse for it and have found gold every time with my homemade rods. It is a very nice place to bring the family to. Bring your fishing license and pole and swim suit and camera. The smaller creek has a couple of waterfalls and lots of bathtub size potholes to splash in hence the name of the second road. A private group maintains this area but it is open to the public (see update and map below). There is a campground nearby, Summers campground. They take cash only so bring some. It's less than 5 miles from the creek. A lot of kids come here during the summer to play. We come to mine and have a good time. Tom Van Vleet.
Most of Big Pine Creek is PRIVATE PROPERTY and the Twin Bridges area has recently been POSTED, Be sure to get permission from the owner/s before doing any prospecting there! (IMPORTANT NOTE: PART OF FALL CREEK IS A NATURE CONSERVATORY AND IS OFF LIMITS TO ANY KIND OF PROSPECTING! - See Map)
Panning for gold is permitted on Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests. A gold panning permit is required! The permit, which can be obtained free of charge, allows for panning gold on a hobby basis. The displacement of any material through use of a pick, shovel or sluice is not allowed due to concern for water quality. Archaeological evidence found, such as projectile points, pottery or bones must be reported to the Forest Office to determine if a major archaeological site is in the vicinity. To obtain a permit, visit or call the Forest Office at (812) 988-7945.
-INDIANA STATE FOREST GOLD PANNING-
Prior to this area becoming “State Forest” hundreds of ounces of glacial gold were successfully extracted from stream and lowland gravels. In the past several large scale operations were attempted using rockers and large sluice boxes. As well as fine gold, many chunky nuggets and large pickers have been found in this area. Today people are still finding good gold in the streams and washes of the State Forest, however many restrictions apply and a pernit MUST be obtained prior to any panning activity. Most of the creeks within the glaciated part of Southern Indiana carry good glacial gold. Many are located on private property and permission should be obtained from the property owner prior to any activity. (Beware of rattlesnakes) Chuck L.
(LEFT) A typical shale bedrock streambed in Morgan-Monroe State Forest.
For more info contact:
Yellowwood/Morgan Monroe State Forest
Attn: Property Manager
6220 Forest Road
Martinsville, IN 46151