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If you like to dig for gold so does the OSPA, we love to dig for gold.

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Welcome to The Ohio State Prospectors Association

The premiere club for all things prospecting in Ohio.  Gold panning, highbanking, dredging, sluicing, metal detecting, rock hounding, gem grubbing or fossil hunting.  Discussions about all of these outdoor activities in the Buckeye State can be found on our forum.  Sign up here

Wondering if there is Gold in Ohio?  Click Here to find out.

There is Gold in Ohio and the OSPA has four of the best gold claims in the state.  More info on OSPA claims.

Thinking about joining a propecting club or interested in learning more about gold prospecting or the OSPA?  Come to a meeting or join the forum and introduce yourself. Guests are always welcome.


Next Meeting

The next meeting is on Sunday, April 26th at  the one and only Double D Claim, Georgetown, OH. This claim is one of the best in the state so if you have never been, make plans to attend and check things out.  If you need the address or directions use the form here, Contact Us and I will get the information to you. Meetings start promptly at 11am with potluck and raffle to follow.  Don't forget, meetings are open to everyone, so if you are thinking about joining a prospecting club, come on out and and see what the OSPA has to offer.  Hope to see you there.

Last Meeting

Last meeting was at  Buckabilly Sluice in Williard, OH. Great showing of members with Spring approaching everyone needs to treat that Gold Fever!!  Hope you can make the next meeting.  Contact Us for information if you want to attent a meeting as a guest.


There were some Outstanding Member awards given out to thank these members for their hard work this past year. More to come as the year goes on.

OSPA Board

Election results are in.  Looking forward to a great year from these guys and gal!!.  Current OSPA board members listed from Left: Betty (Secretary), Kevin (Treasurer), Rodney (Vice President), Jim (Vice President), and Sonny (President).

Prospector Days 2015

Over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-24, the OSPA will be holding Prospector Days at our Norris Claim, in Mt. Vernon , OH.  This event is open to the public and we will hold our normally scheduled meeting on Sunday, May 24th at 11:00am.  Last year was a lot of fun!!  Full picture gallery of last year's event can be viewed here.



This Week on the Creek

Over Labor Day Weekend, the Buckeye Chapter of the GPAA held their annual Gold Rush Days event at their claim in Butler, OH.  GPAA Chapters and prospecting vendors from all over the country attend this even each year.  There is also a lot of prospecting done in the creek, a bit of relaxing as well as food vendors, live entertainment and lots of activities for kids and adults.  Full picture gallery can be viewed here.



Gold Lesson

Golds atomic number of 79 makes it one of the higher atomic number elements which occur naturally. Like all elements with atomic numbers larger than iron, gold is thought to have been formed from a supernovae nucleosynthesis process. Their explosions scattered metal-containing dusts (including heavy elements like gold) into the region of space in which they later condensed into our solar system and the Earth. On Earth, whenever elemental gold occurs, it appears most often as a metal solid solution of gold with silver, i.e. a gold silver alloy. Such alloys usually have a silver content of 8 - 10%. Electrum is elemental gold with more than 20% silver. Electrums color runs from golden silvery to silvery, dependent upon the silver content. The more silver, the lower the specific gravity. Relative sizes of a an 860kg rock ore, and the 30g of gold that can be extracted from it. Toi gold mine, Japan. Gold left behind after pyrite cube dissolved away.Gold is found in ores made up of rock with very small or microscopic particles of gold. This gold ore is often found together with quartz or sulfide minerals such as Fools Gold, which is a pyrite. These are called lode deposits. Native gold is also found in the form of free flakes, grains or larger nuggets that have been eroded from rocks and end up in alluvial deposits (called placer deposits). Such free gold is always richer at the surface of gold-bearing veins owing to the oxidation of accompanying minerals followed by weathering, and washing of the dust into streams and rivers, where it collects and can be welded by water action to form nuggets. Gold sometimes occurs combined with tellurium as the minerals calaverite, krennerite, nagyagite, petzite and sylvanite, and as the rare bismuthide maldonite (Au2Bi) and antimonide aurostibite (AuSb2). Gold also occurs in rare alloys with copper, lead, and mercury: the minerals auricupride (Cu3Au), novodneprite (AuPb3) and weishanite ((Au,Ag)3Hg2). Recent research suggests that microbes can sometimes play an important role in forming gold deposits, transporting and precipitating gold to form grains and nuggets that collect in alluvial deposits.