We are looking for places to go gold prospecting or sites to dig for gem stones along with camping. Will be taking a one year old, three year old and twelve year old with us. – Mary W.
I love your question because I have never considered “gold prospecting” but how fun that would be. I found this awesome site about Oregon Gold for you to check out! It looks like so much family fun so if you go, please let us know how it goes! Also checked this site out gold panning website. It looks like it gives some gold panning info on the “how to” and “where to go!”
I have to say that I am not a camper but my son is and he loves Foster Lake in Sweet Home, Oregon. Also, if you go to the Ranger Station in Sweet Home, they are always helpful and full of information for camping, hiking and many more outdoor activities in that area.
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About Ask Oregon Expert Debbie Lusk
Debbie Lusk loves Oregon and everything there is to experience here. She may be found on the back of a black mare riding through wine country with saddle bags full of Oregon wine, or enjoying a cold beer at a local Willamette Valley microbrewery. She's smitten with Oregon and plans to enjoy it all one bite at a time! All her experiences can be found on her blog, Sweet Bliss.