Reed Gold Mine Panning Policy
underground mining at Reed Gold Mine occurred in 1912, but people
continued to actively pan for gold in Little Meadow Creek throughout the
twentieth century. In 1966, Reed Gold Mine and portions of Little Meadow
Creek, were designated National Historic Landmarks. Today, they are
protected historic properties and panning is no longer allowed in the
is the mission of Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site to teach the history
Panning tickets must be purchased at the front desk of the Visitor Center. A ticket to pan entitles the bearer to one gold pan filled with ore. Not every pan will yield gold. The rate of finding gold is generally one out of every five to six pans. The fee for panning is $2.00 per pan. Groups (of 10 or more) that schedule a reservation in advance will receive the group rate of $1.50 per pan.
To check the radar for the Charlotte region please follow the link below. Ultimately, the decision to open or close panning is made by the staff.
PLEASE NOTE: Groups of children arriving as part of a scheduled field trip will not be allowed to pan unless they are in the third grade (in summer months, children must be rising third graders). There will be no exceptions to this age/grade requirement.