Small Scale Mineral Prospecting and Mining below the Ordinary High Water Line(OHWL) is regulated by
Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife. Those regulations are published in the
Gold and Fish(G&F) Pamphlet, which is available free of charge by calling (360)902-2534 or by download. Although the use of
Pans, sluices, and other non-motorized equipment does not require a HPA, there are regulations and YOU are responsible for knowing
The G&F Pamphlet serves as an Hydraulic Project Approval(HPA) Permit when using motorized equipment under specific conditions.
For those individuals who determine that they are unable to prospect or mine under the G&F Pamphelet due to the regulations that
affect location, timing or equipment, they may request an "Individual HPA". Applications for individual mineral prospecting and
mining HPA's can be completed on-line via WDFW's
Aquatic Protection Permitting System (APPS) or by filling out and submitting either of these applications;
"Application for Ocean Beach Mineral
Prospecting Hydraulic Project Approval" or the
Simplified application for all other Locations, Timings and equipment modifications.
Information regarding the HPA program and other issues that effect the small scale mineral prospecting and mining community is best
found on the Resources Coalition Website.
The WPMA attends numerous events and trade shows to promote the Association and Small Scale Mineral Prospecting and Mining. We will be at the following locations to provide you with information about our Association and Small Scale Mineral Prospecting and Minining.
Feb 21 & 22, 2015; 20th annual WPMA Gold Gem & Mineral Show, Evergreen State Fairgrounds
March 28 & 29, 2015; Mt Baker Rock & Gem Club's 2015 Gem and Mineral Show; Bloedel-Donovan Park
Aril 18 & 19, 2015; NCWP Gold & Treasure Show, Chelan County Expo, Cashmere
April 25 & 26, 2015; West Seattle Rock Club Annual Rock Show; Alki Masonic Temple
August 21-23, 2015; PNW Miners Rally, Location Undetermined
September DTD, 2015, Frazier River Gold Trip. Contact Chinook Expiditions (800)241-3451) for more information or to make reservations.