• Temecula Valley Prospectors

    panninghelpTVP was formed September 2001. Our purpose is to provide an environment for both members and visitors to become more knowledgeable about the ecologically safe recovery of gold and gems from our public lands that are open to mineral entry. Also to teach each other about equipment use and methods as well as keeping up with the ever changing mining and prospecting laws.

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Our New Website is Here!

Hello Eager Prospectors,
We have finally got our new website up and running!
It is a bit of a work in progress so feel free to give us your ideas on how to make it better and especially what you would like to see.
We are looking for anyone who wants to write articles about prospecting trips & outings, tips on prospecting, or anything else that you think would be useful for your fellow prospectors to know.
Don't forget to send us your prospecting pictures so we can get them on the site.

Event Schedule

2nd Sunday of every month Metal Detecting events:

Bolsa Chica Beach
San Onofre State Beach
Perris Lake – back side/camping area
Canyon Lake with picnic – need to apply
Cal Oaks Park (on 3rd Sunday to avoid Mother’s Day on 2nd Sunday)
Pala Park in Temecula
Ronald Regan Park in Temecula
Oceanside – North of Pier
Carlsbad State Beach
Live Oak Park in Fallbrook



Metal Detecting

Sun, July 14th
Time: 8am, meet at the playground area
Where: Ronald Reagan Park
42659 Margarita Road
Temecula, CA 92592

April Club Meeting

The April meeting of the Temecula Valley Prospectors will be held on Saturday 12th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Our meetings are held at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in the CRC Building located at 30875 Rancho Vista Road. Temecula Ca.
Everyone is welcome, so we hope to see you there.
ITEM 1: This is something the Board is going to try for the next GRAND PRIZE, The winner of the next Grand Prize will get a choice from the following list of three items for them to pick from.
1. a.} 3 Felix Pay dirt 2 pound bags.
    b.} 7 Eureka Joe's 2 pound gold bags
   (They do not get both, but can choose one of them.)
2. Keene A-52 Sluice Box, With a 2-4-8-12-20-30-50 Mesh classifying sieves. {7 classifying screens }
3. Digital Pro Magnum scale, Estwing Supreme 22 oz. rock pick, u-dig-it hand trowel, gad pry bar, back pack super sucker, premium crevice tool, pocket loupe, fine point tweezers, gold magnet, snuffer bottle and pouch, Garrett 10" gold pan, and a 2# Felix Pay Dirt Bag.
ITEM 2: Have you been out Metal Detecting or Gold Prospecting this last month? Find anything? Then bring it to the meeting so we all can see all entries are voted on, and the top in each category will win some GOLD, we will have a new category for Rocks and Gems.
ITEM 3: We have four Great Raffles each month {not counting the Grand Prize} in which you can participate while attending the meeting; it's a lot of fun to be included, especially when you win! The best part is how your participation helps support the club.

Door Prize Raffle {Free}: Just by signing in, you are entered into the Door Prize Raffle. We normally have 1 to 4 prizes.
50/50 Raffle {$1 per ticket}: This is the easiest raffle of them all...if you win: you split {50/50} all the money collected for the 50/50 raffle with the club, For Example, if $70.00 is collected, the you as the winner, get $35 and the club keeps $35.

Gold Raffle {$1 per ticket}: One bag of gold concentrates to work on your panning skills and some nice gold nuggets to show your friends.
Table Raffle {$1 per ticket}: You might think---what am I going to do with a table? But the Table Raffle is an array of items, setting on the table that the winners can choose from. There are typically 10-15 items ranging in value from a few dollars to over a hundred dollars on occasions, the nice thing about the table raffle are that you can see what is there before you purchase your tickets. With our new format, the member with the winning ticket will then reach inside a tub and grab a numbered chip that will correspond with a chip on the item you have won.
When you buy raffle tickets, for every $20.00 you spend, you will get an extra ticket for a chance at winning a Gold Nugget at the Christmas Party. The raffle table also helps the club with their expenses, because there are no membership dues to pay.
ITEM 4: Temecula Valley Prospectors is working on getting two new claims, the original claim names were Caribou Corner and Gold Bar, and both are located in Plumas County, in Northern California.
Don't forget about the GPAA gold shows that are coming up soon, Lancaster April, 12th and 13th, and Las Vegas Gold Show will held at the South Point Hotel and Casino, April, 26th and 27th.
Be sure to come to the next meeting and ask questions if you have some, concerning the grand prizes, and the new claims guide.
Don't forget there is a suggestion box at the sign-in table, if anyone has ideas for the club, or different places they would like to go on outings, ideas for grand prizes, raffle table items, make your suggestions be heard, make suggestions for the board to look at.


Help to keep the, "TEMECULA VALLEY PROSPECTORS" a strong chapter, we ask of you since there are no dues to be a member of Temecula Valley Prospectors, we ask for your help by supporting your club with the purchasing of some raffle tickets, this gives you a chance at winning some nice prizes, and now when you spend $20.00 dollars you will get an extra ticket for a special drawing at the Christmas Party which will be a 1/2 oz. gold nugget, and that will a nice prize for the lucky winner.
We also have a selection of prospecting equipment that can be checked out and used by the members at no charge, rather than spending the money and then finding out it's not what you really wanted.
We also have a great library, ran by Vickie Gunderson who is the Librarian and is helped out by Jack Gunderson, they will able to help with checking the books out and help finding that special book you are looking for. There are books on Metal Detecting, Rock and Gem hunting and collecting, maps with old ghost town and old gold mines to explore, there are also VHS and CD's on mining tips, and How to Advice, also some of the books show you how to build your own equipment, all you have to do is fill out the card and return the books at the next meeting. So enjoy your TVP library.
The money from the purchase of raffle tickets help with the purchase and maintaince of the new claims, our storage facility, purchase of new equipment, insurance for the club, buying books for the library, to maintain our website, buying prizes for the monthly raffles, donations for the refreshments help pay for the next meeting refreshments, also for paying the rent for the building we meet in, and the annual fees we have to pay for our claims.
These are some of the ways to support your club, and to keep it as successful as we can.
Buy Raffle Tickets

PLP Raffle

raffle flyer
Barstow –Coolgarde or Two Quartz
29 Palms
Barstow (new claim?)
Bautista Canyon
29 Palms
Julian – Mine Tour
Big Bear – Gold Mountain
Big Bear – Gold Mountain
San Gabriel River East Fork
Lake Isabella


The next TVP outing for February is going to be at the Hauser Geode Beds which is southwest of Blythe, Ca. in Imperial Co. a good way to find the exact area is go to GeoCommunicator or another map search, some of the directions that were found on the internet was on the DesertUSA site, to get to the Hauser Beds is, "Take the Willey's Well Road exit from Interstate 10, and continue driving south to the graded dirt road just past the state prison, you will pass Wiley's Well campground [9 miles south of I-10], and Coon Hallow campground [12 miles south of I-10]. You will see a dirt road on the right with a marker indicating the route to the Hauser Geode Beds, [this is also the Imperial and Riverside county border.] turn right on the dirt road and follow it for about 4 ½ miles, take a right when the road splits again. This road will lead you to the two locations of the Hauser Beds. Happy Hunting. Or another way is just before coming to Blythe take highway 78 south and turn off on Milpitas Wash Road and follow it to Willey's Well Road but this way is a bit longer.
Always be sure to be prepared when traveling in the desert, and other off road areas, make sure you have good tires, water, oil, tools, 1st aid kit, food etc.
There is a lot of interesting articles on the internet about the Hauser Beds, types of gems that can be found in the area, camping, the history of the area, BLM articles which are interesting you may want to read some of these before going on the outing.


Right outside your front door and in your community is a source of wealth and money. Our local Parks
are close to you and will give up their treasures with a little bit of work and persistence. All that is
required is a Metal Detector, a trowel, and maybe a pin pointer, which does not have to be expensive to
do the job. The metal detector price ranges from $100.to $1,500. And all will work to find treasures in
the parks.
On most occasions we use $100. Bounty Hunter Metal Detectors and found many coins to include
pennies, dimes, and quarters. When detecting, go around fire pits, benches and especially on sides of
slopes between the trees. Most coins are found at 2 to 4 inch depth and will require some digging to
locate. Always check again because we find 2 or more coins together in a lot of locations. We used
pin pointers to locate the targets faster which gave us more time to search for more items like jewelry,
kids toys, along with dangerous items that can hurt lids, like pins and razor blades. Keep parks clean
by picking up after those who are lazy and litter our parks. Talk to parents while you are at the parks
and inform them of the dangers that you find. This will give you a good name with them and will be
appreciated. Once you have found a new Park and find coins at the 3 to 4 inch levels go to a new park
and search it. This Park will be there when you run out of places to go in the future.
Remember, the Park does not have to be large to find treasures and do not forget the slopes where
people sit to watch sports games as they are full of targets that have fallen out of pocket


Metal Detecting Stories-1

My best finds are in the small parks that are Not centrally located in the cities. There is always
a lot of pressure at the larger parks because the average treasure hunter thinks there is more
lost items in these parks because of the crowds of people. Younger children are our best
supplier of pennies, nickels, dimes, & quarters along with small chains and rings. Items fall out
of pockets and other items break off while playing hard on the park equipment. Mom is our
next best supplier by losing coins out of the pocket, while reaching for a Kleenex for the child.
Look on grass mounds and ledges where people might sit. Remember if you locate a target 2
inches from a concrete ledge (at 6 to 8 inches down) leave it as the target is usually a rebar.
I set my detector for 2 to 6 inches as anything deeper is not worth spending your time on and
deeper is not worth spending your extra time on. The metal detector will let you know not to
dig up the pull tab you just got a beep from if it is set for shallow depth.
When selecting a park, try to find the most children's equipment park and sports parks are
great places to search. Spend your time on where people would sit and not on the fields as
most people wear uniforms with nothing in their pockets and the grass is cut short so if they
lose a ring or chain it can usually be found quickly. Check the areas with thicker grass.
Try not to go out to parks to detect in a group. The park service personnel will usually leave
you and your spouse alone where 4 or 5 people will draw attention and you may be asked to
leave. Always report dangerous items you find the authorities. I take a camera with me to
take pictures of where I found dangerous items. When I find pennies that are around 3 inches
deep, all encrusted with Black corrosion, I have found the "Mother Lode" as this means no one
has been there detecting before me, so I make several trips back to that same park, and it has
never let me down.
In my future Metal Detecting stories, I will address looking for Cache's and exploring trails in
Southern California, then Beaches which are near and dear to our hearts. Good luck and bring
home the Gold & Silver.


Metal Detecting Stories-2

I like to combine trips when Metal Detecting In California, because of the versatile amount of
things to do in the State. My wife and I will spend the morning panning for Gold and spend
the afternoon searching trails and along streams for items the old miners lost and even the
current miners also have lost. You will not believe what people lose out in the desert and in the
One occasion we spent the morning looking for that elusive gold that we know is in the ground
but just can't seem to locate. I will admit, I have found sand size gold nearly every time we go
out, but I am always thinking about what I might be missing out on by not passing that magic
wand (Metal Detector) over the grounds and in water in the streams. I have found many
unique items along the stream banks in 3 inches of water. Old pocket knives, old tin cups, and
old spoons. Nearly all Metal Detectors now days have water proof coils. Just remember, you
have to adjust the discriminator and my trick is drill a small hole in a penny and tie a wire to
it and strap it to the lace on your boot or shoe. With your feet in the water, pass the metal
detector 3 inches above it and adjust the detector to beep at the proper level. When you are
finished and out of the water, wipe off the coil and pass the metal detector over the coin again
and adjust for out of the water. This coin keeps me from having to bend over all the time and
pick up the coins. We finished off the afternoon walking up a trail that was once a stage line.
There are many old trails in California that pack trains and stage coaches used to transport
supplies and equipment to the miners. I found the public library has old books on these trails
in your area. Because they are in old books, you can not check them out but they have a copy
machine to make copies of these map locations without taking the book out of the library.
Sue started down the two lane trail and found pieces of Iron springs from early stage coaches
and old nuts and bolts. They are neat to find because they were made different from today's
type. We also found old coins around the horse trough at rest stop stations. There were a lot
of large old trees and rocks around the water well so we made extra passes around these areas
and just like in the treasure books, we found a cache. It had money and survival supplies in
it. The excitement of finding a box under a special large tree and in front of a boulder always
comes back when telling friends and others about your find.
Most stage coach trails have bullet casings on them and once you find spent brass you will
find lead around the fallen trees, so expect to hear that distinctive beep. Pick up and carry out
any brass so people who come after don't encounter the same disappointment. Look for odd
shaped trees and try to picture what they would have looked like 40 or more years ago and
spend a little more time around them with your search coil. I am a believer in having 2 size
coils. A smaller coil for desert, mountains, and streams, and a larger one for Beaches, lots, and
parks. You can buy extra used and new coils from e-bay, or your local dealers or ask members
of your local Prospector Association, they are always willing to help you out.
Remember, it is easier to go Metal Detecting during week days as there are less people in the
field and easier parking. Sunday afternoon and Monday Holiday afternoons are good times to
get out. Good luck and bring home the Gold & Silver.


Metal Detecting Stories-3

 I have learned over the years to go where others have been before you. This is true for Gold Panning
and Metal Detecting. We go back to the same locations after leaving it alone for 3 months. The good
part of this is after the first search, coins a jewelry are not so deep to dig and find. You have already dug
deep the first time to retrieve those deep items, and you will always find things that were missed on the
first search.
Before I go on each trip, I make a decision on which beach to go search with Metal Detectors. I look for
those beaches with lots of families and kids playing and having fun. Fun areas are those where kids are
running, jumping, and chasing around. Jewelry gets lost and coins fall out of pockets.
Look around at the type of items found on beaches compared to parks and set your sights and
discriminator on finding those special items at each location. There are more coins found in parks than
gold and pennies are the usual find and the occasional dime or quarter is the highlight of the day.
There is a variety of coins to be found on beaches along with chains and rings. Pick a place to go and
check it out on a prior weekend for other enthusiastic people who are doing the same thing as you.
Watch where they go so you can go the opposite direction, and do not give up if at first you do not find
anything. Persistence is the name of the game when treasure hunting. The more you work at it the
more things you will find.
When going out treasure hunting, go with a good friend or spouse. You will work harder at finding
things if you have competition around you. If you go by yourself, you will get bored quickly and usually
give up after an hour or two. By going with a buddy, you can car pool and save gas along with lots of
It does not take a expensive or name brand Metal Detector to find treasure. It takes an expensive
Metal Detector to find deep buried treasure. Go out and enjoy the hunt with what you can afford and
you will be hooked like the rest of us. As you find treasures, you will be able to purchased nicer, more
expensive, detectors.
Once you find a necklace or ring and give it to your spouse, they will be hooked and will follow you out
into the fields to look for buried treasures. All it took was a silver ring with garnets and that talked my
wife into following me anywhere. After that, we have been all over Southern California enjoying the
outdoors doing the things we love to do together.
Get out and enjoy yourself. You are not getting any younger.
Good Luck and bring home the Gold and Silver!



Popular Gold prospecting in California “SNIPING”

Since we no longer dredge in CA how about doing some Sniping in the cracks and crevices of bedrock streams and rivers? All you need is a screwdriver and a snuffer bottle with a long straw to extend down into the crevices. It is best to have several sizes of screwdrivers. A trip to Harbor Freight will provide you with everything you need very cheaply. They have a 4-pc., heavy-duty Pry Bar set for around $8.00 and a Pick and Hook set for around $2.00. These will get you started in the continuing quest for that elusive metal wedged between the rocks.

If you are like me, your tool collection consists of nearly every tool made over the years. Go dig in that tool box and get yourself outfitted with those tools that have sat idle for many years. A rock hammer is helpful in breaking open side by side rocks. I fashioned a glass-bottom boat of sorts by adhering a thick Plexiglas round to a piece 36-inch piece of PVC pipe with plumbers glue. This helps me see down in water up to 2 feet deep. If the water is higher than this, then you’ll need a wet suit.

October is the cut-off time for sniping because of rain and snowmelt in the mountains, so work your way in at the lower elevations and desert areas during the winter months. You will find this a new way of prospecting.   Remember that we have many areas to work in Southern California during the winter months. They are close to us and there are many members of our Club that will join you on your trips.
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