Panning below parker dam


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Has anyone tried panning the Colorado river anywhere below the Parker dam? It would be nice if there is some gold there and be able to jump in to cool off maybe cast a line out. But finding gold and cooling of in the river would be great between now and the next 5 months.

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Hello DR50. Very little of the Colorado River shorelne can be considered "public".

There are many Federal and Indian Agencies that claim control on both the California and Arizona sides. The same is very true in Nevada to the North of us.

I have always wanted to do just as you want to do, but have not spent a great deal of time researching any possibilities that may exist. Most any topo map will show the boundaries of Indian Properties.

I live in Lake Havasu City, so if I can be of any assistance in your research, just let me know. We might come up with some intersting spots.

Patrick.....

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Thanks Patrick, Yeah the reservation issue I know for sure is a problem farther down the river in Parker and know below the dam is BLM how far down till it hits the reservation I am not sure looks like to around the casino area. Years back I was fishing just down from the dam and someone from the forestry service was planting some type of tree/bush there and that was my pre looking for gold time. So at least I know it's BLM but still will have to look into the panning fishing is o.k there have been checked out by fish/game.

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I will call the BLM in havasu tomorrow and ask about the area, I like it because very few boats go there where as a bit farther down even trying to fish is like trying to cast a line in phoenix traffic during rush hour what a nightmare. Problem fishing near the dam is the water is moving pretty fast being much shallower.

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Having lived at Parker Dam as a kid, I often wondered that myself. Never heard of panning for gold until we moved to northern California. I do remember a lot of old mines in the area, because we would hunt quail and rabbits near them. And Havasu City... we only knew it as Site 66. Good God, I am getting old.

Mark

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