Recreational Gold Panning and Sluicing on State Land

Recreational gold prospectors have permission to pan for gold on land where both the surface and mineral rights are owned by the state. In general, this activity is intended to be recreational in nature. There are limits on the amount of gold that can be taken in any given year, and power sluicing is prohibited.

Some areas are closed to recreational gold panning to protect critical habitat, including state designated trout streams, natural rivers and natural areas.

Please check the following maps to see which areas are closed: 

Read the full land use order.

Learn more about gold panning and sluicing from the Department of EGLE. 

For questions or comments concerning the use of state land for recreational gold panning and sluicing please email Matt Fry or call 517-284-5862.