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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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The WPMA has acquired a significant amount of prospecting and mining equipment from a past member. This equipment will be sold off by auction at the WPMA General meeting in Redmond on April 16, 2015. This meeting starts at 7pm with the auction being an agenda item. Pictures of the items can be seen on this "Special Auction webpage."

 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.
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.

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 Minining.

  • 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.


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