The Washington Prospectors Mining Association(WPMA) is the largest non-profit small scale mining association in the State of Washington.
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
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. We
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.
Rule Making that will affect Gold Mining
in the state. IF you can get to these meetings or get involved
1-2 March Spokane, WA
15 March Conference Call.
5-6 Apr Olympia, WA
Two Bills that should be supported.
Please contact your House and Senate Representatives about them.
Overall These look like good bills to support that will make
Washington State a better state. And hold people
accountable for thier actions. Rep Walsh as already
submitted two house bills that went to committee. Both
these bills are good first steps on holding people accountable
for their actions.
Concerning Disciplinary action for state officials and employees
who provide False Testimony to the Legislature.
This is good because sometimes these testimonies are not
accurate or only tell part of the story. I strongly
support this bill.
Concerning agency rule-making authority. Do we want
unelected government agencies to make laws that affect us all
without any Controls or limits placed on them? Or should
our elected Officials be the ones making new laws and rule
Please contact your house
Representatives supporting these two bill.
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.