Places to Prospect in NYS (contributed by Jim Simons)
This is a review of prospecting NY State. The history of Gold in NY has not played an important economic role in the state as it has not been profitable for commercial mining. Early settlers explored for gold but never found enough to pay. There is gold scattered through out the state from glacier deposits, and there are places in the state yet to be discovered. Places known for gold will be listed at the end. The places maybe on private property and permisson will need to be obtained, this will have to be checked out at all locations.
The laws are another issue with NY, as they are not clear. I personally have asked DEC mining Department about this and what I've learned that Game Fish stream and rivers are off limits, as are state parks and state lands. Panning and sluicing in Class "D" stream are permited, as long as five yards or less of material are moved in a year. This is what I was told, so you may want call DEC yourself and ask.
As far where to look, the places are endless and will need to be explored. There is known gold in the western part through to the eastern parts of the state as well as the Finger Lakes area as there is many streams and gullies to be explored. If there should be any place, that you know has gold, that isn't listed, please contact me and I will post them. Please, once permisson is obtained, RESPECT the owners property and leave it the way you find it and carry any trash out. LETS LEAVE A GOOD IMAGE OF OUR HOBBY FOR THE FUTURE.
Here are some places that gold is known to exist: Truxton, Cortland County - Linklean,Chenango County - Greek Peak, Cortland County - Shekomeko, Dutchess County - Addison, Steuben County - Pultney, Steuben County Branchport - Yates County.