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
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.
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.
July 17, 2016; Klondike Legacy Days; Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Seattle, WA
July 28-31, 2016; Whatcom Old Settlers Picnic at Pioneer Park Ferndale, WA
August 14, 2016; Oak Harbor Pig Fest. Oak Harbor, WA
August 26-28, 2016; PNW Miners Rally, Liberty, WA