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
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
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.
Check out other links for
various sources of information. If you need something added
please contact the
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.