Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)


PLACER: where
gold is found
with concentrations
of sand, gravel,
silt, and/or boulders.

  -- Lois De Lorenzo
  Gold Fever, 1991

The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger, Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.


Bush skills

By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on April 15, 2005

Contents of page
   Panning for gold

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equipment and
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** Recommended


Meteoritical Society
   Great site for information, links, and research about meteorites



Geology of Michigan, by John A. Dorr, Jr., and Donald F. Eschman (University of Michigan Press, 1970)

Geology of the Great Lakes, by J. L. Hough (University of Illinois Press, 1958)

Physical Geology--Exploring the Earth, by James S. Monroe and Reed Wicander (West Publishing Co., 1992)

Roadside Geology of Lake Superior--North Shore of Lake Superior, by E. G. Pye (GeoServices Centre, 1997)

Rocks and Mineral of Ontario, by D. F. Hewitt (Ontario Department of Mines and Northern Affairs, 1978)

Sandstone Architecture of the Lake Superior Region, by Kathryn Bishop Eckert (Wayne State University Press, 2000)




Gold Prospectors Association of America



Diving and Digging for Gold, by Mary Hill (Naturegraph Publishers, 1974)

Gold--ABC's of Panning, third edition, by E. S. "Rocky" LeGaye (Western Heritage Press, 1975)

Gold Fever--The Art of Panning and Sluicing, by Lois De Lorenzo (Gem Guides Book Co., 1991)

Gold! Gold! Beginners Handbook--How to Prospect for Gold, by Joseph F. Petralia (Sierra Trading Post, 1998)

Gold Mines of Michigan, by Don Clark

Gold Mining in the 21st Century, by Dave McCracken (Keene Engineering, 2001)

Gold Panner's Manual, by Garnet Basque (Lyons Press, 1999)

Gold Prospector's Handbook, by Black

Handbook for Prospectors, fifth edition, by Richard M. Pearl (McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1973). Note: this book is a revision of the Handbook for Prospectors and Operators of Small Mines.

How and Where to Prospect for Gold--Secrets of the 49er's, by Verne H. Ballantyne (Arco Publishing Co., Inc., 1982)

Lake Superior Gold--An Amateur's Guide to Prospecting in the Lake Superior Region, by Jim Dwyer (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., 1992)

Looking for Gold--The Modern Prospector's Handbook, by Bradford Angier (Stackpole Books, 1982)

Michigan Gold--Mining in the Upper Peninsula, by Daniel Fountain (Lake Superior Port Cities, 1992)

New Gold Panning is Easy, revised edition, by Roy Lagal and Charles Garrett (Ram Pub. Co., 1992)

Placer Examination--Principles and Practices, John H. Wells (U.S. Government Printing Office)

Practical Guide for Prospectors and Small Mine Operators in Montana, by Koehler S. Stout (Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology)

Practical Prospecting for Gold, by Lee Hammons (Arizona Maps & Books)

Prospecting and Operating Small Gold Placers, by William F. Boericke (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

Real Book About Gold, by Harold Coy (Garden City Books, 1954)

Recreation Gold Prospecting for Fun & Profit, by Gail Butler (Gem Guide Book Co, 1998)

Weekend Gold Miner, by A. H. Ryan (Gem Guide Books Co., 1991)

You Can Find Gold--With a Metal Detector, by Charles Garrett and Roy Lagal (Ram Pub. Co., 1995)



Kingsley North, Inc.


Making Silent Stones Speak--Human Evolution and the Dawn of Technology, by Kathy D. Schick and Nicholas Toth (Simon and Schuster, 1993)

Retrieving Michigan's Buried Past--The Archaeology of the Great Lakes State, edited by John R. Halsey (Cranbrook Instititute of Science, 1999)


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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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