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My dad was always going to strike it rich by finding a gold or mineral mine in North Central Idaho. He never did find it, but we sure had a lot of fun looking. Later on in life, since he had give me the bug, I spent some time placer mining on the Southfork of the Clearwater River, near my home in Kooskia Idaho. I used a 4 inch floating suction dredge which I consider the best small scale mining tool ever invented. Basically it vacuums up the gravel of the creek or river bottom, runs the material over a series of riffles set in a sluice box, and quickly classifies the pay dirt down to a much smaller volume, which is easily panned out with a gold pan. I’ve never been so excited as when I was doing a clean-up and the bottom of my pan started turning yellow! One day my partner cleaned up over 11 ounces. Not a bad days work-or rather play! If you’d like to move to Idaho and try your luck at mining check out our website at www.myidahocountry.com



Idaho's Southfork of the Clearwater River.

Idaho's Southfork of the Clearwater River.

114 S Main St, Kooskia, ID, United States, 83539
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