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Washington Prospectors Mining Association

   The Washington Prospectors Mining Association(WPMA) is the largest non-profit small scale mining association in the State of Washington.


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 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 them.

    Beach Prospecting is also available in specific locations on the Pacific Coast.  The G&F Pamphlet gives the rules and regulations that need to be followed.  See Page 16 in the Pamphlet.   This is available year round.   Please carry your G&F Pamphlet when doing any mining is required to be available.

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 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.

Washington State has a small publication on Gold Panning.   It is good to join a club to access gold bearing areas but they give you an idea on how to pan for gold and locations of gold in Washington State.   You can see there are a lot of places to visit.  Some of these areas we have claims.

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Future events: 

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 Mining.

  • 17 Feb and 18 Feb Gold Show Monroe Fairground.
  • 24 Mar and 25 Mar GPAA Gold Show, Richfield, WA    CLark County Fairgrounds
  • 14 Apr and 15 Apr NCWP Gold Show,  Cashmere, WA
  • 9 June Bedrock Prospector’s Rendezvous, 9 A.M.—6 P.M.  Puyallup Masonic Hall.  A show to pick up used mining Equipement and basic Flea Market.
  • 24 Aug thru 26 Aug   PNW Miners Rally by Resources Coalition  Free Camping, Liberty, WA
  • 20 Oct and 21 Oct  Bedrock Prospectors Gold Show, Puyallup, WA,  Puyallup Fairgrounds



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