Clubs & Prospecting Resources

Clubs & Organizations

Northwest Mineral Prospecting Club
Organized to provide support for people wishing to learn about minerals and prospecting and who love the outdoors. Meeting in Milwaukie, OR

Southwest Washington Gold Prospectors
All interested parties are invited to attend any of our monthly meetings. There will be opportunities to learn about prospecting laws, methods, and equipment as well as some hands-on practice. There also are outings to enjoy the pleasures of the out of doors and prospecting for gold. Meeting in Vancouver, WA.

Portland, OR GPAA
Our mission is to further promote the interests of our association of small-scale miners to the community. We strive to make a difference by educating the public and expanding our reach. Meeting in Portland.

North American Miners Association
NAMA is the oldest continuously small-scale mining organization in the State of Washington, and a 501c3 non-profit Nevada Corporation, dedicated to stimulating interest and providing education on prospecting and mineral mining focusing on gold.

High Desert Treasure Club in Bend, OR
Our club focuses on three areas: metal detecting, rock hounding, and gold prospecting (we have two claims in eastern Oregon. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Bend Senior Center, at the northeast corner of 15th Street and Reed Market Road.

Big Bug Mining District

( Arizona) was founded in 2014 as a volunteer-staffed club dedicated to gold mining in the Bradshaw Mountains. The Big Bug district is one of the earliest mining districts formed in Central Arizona.

Oregon Treasure Trail Society
Uniting individuals who share a common interest in the sport and pastime of using metal detectors to search for coins, jewelry & relics from the past. Meeting in Portland.

Cascade Treasure Club - Seattle WA

Hood Canal Detectorists Club - Belfair, WA

Olympic Peninsula Treasure Hunters Club - Bremerton WA

Pilchuck Treasure Hunting Club - Everett, WA

Quartzsite Metal Detecting Club - Quartzsite, AZ


Detecting in Oregon State Parks

Detecting on Corps of Engineers land

Detecting in our National Forests
Detecting in National Parks is strictly forbidden!

Metal Detecting, Ghost Towns of the East
Lot's of good information

Forums & Blogs

American Heritage Research & Preservation Society
Is it a place to expand our assistance to the metal detecting hobbyist, either individually or through an organized club, to provide Font Name knowledge and education as it pertains to the use of metal detectors. The assistance includes specific detector knowledge and "how-to and education; metal detecting seminars; regional shows to promote the hobby of metal detecting as well as historical site work; research, recovery, and preservation of artifacts; outings for society. 
 Metal Detecting tips, find, pictures, videos, detector info, and more!

Buy and sell gold.

Natural Gold Trader
Natural Gold is truly Mother Nature's most amazing artwork! It's formed in all shapes and sizes, and every piece is very unique and special in its own way. Natural Gold Trader is very proud to be able to offer a wide variety of 100% all natural gold! Most of the gold available here has been very recently unearthed by hard-working miners and prospectors.

The Gem Quarry
The source for high-quality, one-of-a-kind: Each specimen is hand-selected and brought to you from around the globe. Enjoy shopping with our small, intimate company where we strive to ensure that you, our valued customer, will receive personalized, one-on-one attention and the best in customer care.

Oregon Historical Mining Information


Oregon Mining Association
A newly created Oregon non-profit corporation. Our mission is to promote mining activities and the mining industry in Oregon and to build support for federal, state, and local policies that create opportunities for mining in Oregon. Every Oregonian should take advantage of the Oregon Political Tax Credit to help a cause they believe in - by using the credit (which appears on your state income tax form), your donation is free. Would you rather give $50 to a PAC that you support, or give that $50 to the state government to take away your rights? Seems like an easy call.

Waldo Mining District To Preserve, Protect & Promote Mining Est. 1852, Oregon Territory



Andy Sabisch's Treasure Hunter's Handbook
With more than 40 years of treasure hunting experience, we have the know-how to answer your questions and ensure you are outfitted with the right equipment for the specific type of hunting you plan to do.

Chris Ralph - Fists Full of Gold

Clive's Clynick
Books for Minelab Equinox, CTX 3030, Excalibur, Sovereign, Makro Rader, White's Surfmaster P.I., DFX and others, All must have.

Dan Hughes
The Metal Detecting Manual Dan has been metal detecting since 1973, and was voted into the Treasure Hunters' Hall of Fame in 1999. He has written for several treasure magazines and served as Associate Editor of Treasure Quest magazine.