Our Washington Gold Maps show there are currently 3,041 active gold claims and 52,397 abandoned gold claims located throughout the state. Of those active claims, 2,744 are lode claims and 297 are placer claims. Of those abandoned claims, 48,820 are lode and 3,577 are placer. Washington’s active gold claims represent less than .6% of all active gold claims in the lower 48 states.

Washington Gold Map When you open the Washington gold map you first see a satellite view of the state boundaries with yellow and orange clusters throughout. Those yellow (lode claims) and orange (placer claims) clusters represent high concentrations of active gold mining claims. This view of these clusters gives us an exact idea of where most of Washington’s gold is being found. This near real-time look at these gold bearing areas is simply not possible with traditional fold-out paper maps.
Washington Gold Map Now zoom in about 70 miles east of Tacoma to a little resort town called Cle Elum. You can clearly see the active lode (yellow) and orange (placer) gold mining claim boundaries throughout the area. You are now surrounded by public land in the Wenatchee National Forest. That means you can find dozens of non-claimed public gold prospecting locations for you and your family to try your luck at. Our maps routinely save our customers $100’s in gas alone by just knowing where to go.
Washington Gold Map Zoom in further still and you can click on the active placer or active lode claims for the MTRS number to determine ownership and other information about the claim(s). This information is for professional prospectors with experience in staking claims. Recreational gold panners should not try to contact claim holders and should stay away from claimed properties. You can read more about how to use the MTRS numbers on our Viewing Tips page.
Washington Gold Map Still looking at the Cle Elum area, turn on the Google Earth™ overlay entitled Parks and Recreation under the More overlay. Now you can see Wenatchee National Forest campgrounds, ranger stations, hiking trails, stores and more. You can zoom in further still to get a birds-eye view of roads, creeks and other points of interest. Using Google Earth™ satellite imagery, altitude and distance measuring tools will eliminate most surprises like, “I didn’t know that hill was so steep.”

Washington Gold Maps Note: None of the Washington images above show just how close you can zoom in to see gold prospecting locations. You’ll be amazed at how crisp the satellite imagery is and how much exploring and planning you can do from the comfort of your home. Google Earth™ is a free download.

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