Did You Know That You Can Find Gold On Lake Superior Beaches?
As they put it, "I was today's year old when I found out you could find gold in Lake Superior beaches." I stumbled on a video that shows a prospector showing off how much gold he found in Lake Superior. So naturally, I had to learn more about how to get rich off the gold under our feet.
Small amounts of gold washed up on Lake Superior shores over thousands of years. Geologists agree that the gold didn't come from right here, but was transported by glaciers 11,000 years ago from gold-bearing ores in what is now Ontario, Canada.
YouTuber and gold prospector Flourgoldwizards has posted several videos showing how he gets the gold, where to find it, and the end result of a lot of work.
First, you need to find black sand, because that's where you're going to get the most results.
After you get a pale of black sand, you need to run it through a sluice box. They make smaller portable ones like the one he's using.
The way a sluice box works is that you run water over the sediment on the mat. The gold flakes get caught up in the mat, where then you empty it out into the pan.
After you're done panning, which takes some skill, all you have left are the gold flakes. Here's what Flourgoldwizards found in his first batch of the day. There's a "fair amount" of flakes in there as he says.
He then brings it back to his garage and does his cleanout at home. You can see that he has a sluice that's got some gold piling up in it. That's pretty cool!
After he collects the gold flakes, he slowly heats them on a stove to get rid of the moisture.
Last time he said he ran 10 pales of black sand and got .59 grams. This time his clean-out was .36 grams. How much money is that worth?
I used the Gold Gram Price Calculator to figure out that his cleanout for the day was worth $20. That's a lot of work for $20 bucks, but who knows, you might get lucky and find a nice deposit.
Realistically all this really is for people is a hobby, or like this YouTuber, a way to share content. Check out his page and the video to see more. He even sells flakes to subscribers. If I find some black sand on the beach, I may just try to pan some to see if I see any flakes for fun. It would be a fun thing to do with the kids!