Washington Prospectors Mining Association(WPMA) is the largest
non-profit small scale mining association in the State of Washington.
an urgent need for a volunteer to run the South Sound
Meeting. Our current leader has moved out of town. He is
nearly 3 hours away just can not do it anymore. We will put on
hold this meeting until a new leader can be found to help run and
provide help to new members.
Rumors of new claims in the near future. Keep an eye on
our Claims area in a week or two. As deals are finalized
will have some great new news. In spite of all the things
happening since the Covid Shutdown. the Club is still looking at
getting more claims and expanding.
Have updated the current Claims webpages with new hardrock Claims which
are the Ellensburg Blue
Claims we just purchased. See video links below.
Weather is not good at this time of year to do some
hunting. But should be considered next April or May once snow has
melted off. This is a great move for the Club. There are
several claims here I have only been to one and it has great camping
area nice and flat plus room for a number of vehicles to park.
Remember this is hard rock. Tools needed Rack, Picks,
Hammers, Rock Hammer ect anything you think you may need to
remove material from the rock formation. A rack comes in
handy to check the debris left behind. You never know if you may
find small pieces of Ellensburg Blue in the dump
areas. Bring Plenty of water to drink It can be hard
work at times. Remember to keep hydrated.
will be needed in the future to help fight some of
the new rulings done with no public input from the Mining Community. IF
you like to mine or want to continue the activity it is important to
get informed and involved. Silence means we lose our rights we
had before. So join a club and get active if not ours join one
of the other mining clubs in the state to be informed of the issues the
Mining community is facing these days. If we want to keep mining
rights open we need people to keep an eye on the State and local
officials. IF you have time to attend meetings and give reports
of what is said. That would be helpful. If mining
rights are removed. Guess what Rock Hunting and maybe even
fishing could be removed. We just do not know the direction the
state is going. The current climate is not supporting any attempt
to protect the rights of Miners and who knows what other groups they
will go after and remove the rights for them.
Our Facebook Page
is an extension of this website for our members where one can quickly
connect with other members. Post where you are going and when
maybe others seeing it will want to go with you. Have fun and
meet new people.
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.
Here is a video you may be interested in. Ellensburg Blue Agates Lecture On Ellensburg Blue Tips on Identify Ellensburg Blue Agates
So three discussions on Ellensburg blue agates. We have
Recently Purchased the Claim where Ellensburg is Found. Yes it is
a claim Site. Still have no sheet for going there.
The road is rough at times. I was there several places to go
looking for the agates. Learning how to identify there is
common Gray ellensburg blue agate. Not as valuable as real blue
agates. Tips on Identifying gives some details about things to
look for. Also interesting to note. The deep
blue Ellensburg Blue is more valuable than Gold. Finding
the good ones is just as hard as it is to get gold.
The fun is the hunt. This claim is available for all Club
members. And restricted to Club Members. IF you are
not a member you are a claim Jumper. People jump claims all
the time thinking they can get away with it. Ellensburg
Blue is the third rarest Agate in the World.
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.
are discovering that People are violating the rules for
Collecting Concentrate from the Beaches. Most
of the violators are selling sand from Washington State on Ebay.
Please contact local rangers office if you see someone taking
more than two 5 gal buckets of sand from the beach. Or not
filling in the holes they are digging. We do not
want to lose our rights to prospect on the beaches of
Washington. It appears people from Oregon have been
taking Buckets of Sand off the beach and selling them on Ebay.
If you beach Prospecting Please keep your eyes open it is unfair
that people from other states may get this Type of Prospecting
removed from the Mining Community.
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.
Awaiting updated information on
Legislature. But make your voices heard on any subject you
are interested in.
District Place in your address and the listing of your
House and Senate members are listed for you. Click on the name
and you will get a new page that gives you their contact
information and what committees they are on. Remember to
always treat them with respect and give examples or express your
strong support for these bills and any other bills you feel
strongly about. Let your voice be heard.
Check out other links for
various sources of information. If you need something added
please contact the
There is always a need for Volunteers at every event.
The Annual Gold show we put on is one place were we need a lot
of help. Setting up or tearing down. Or helping
while the show is going on. You may be surprised at how
much fun you can have even if all you do is a few hours.
Volunteering allows you to meet and make new friends at any
of the events that we are involved with. Get to know
people and maybe find someone to help teach you how to mine. Or
maybe learn about a claim you have not been to. It is good
to share ideas and have some fun at the same time. The
more people helping with an event the better chance everyone can
have to see what is there and have a few minutes off to have
some fun. Come on out meet new people and maybe get
a few more people to join. And it is always fund to teach kids
how to pan for golds or adults who want to learn.
if interested. We are always looking for new help.
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.